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Grants available to manage gorse on your land

The Victorian Gorse Taskforce (VGT) is calling for project submissions for their 2021/22 community small grants program.

Property managers, their neighbours or local Landcare groups can attract up to $5,000 in grants to help combat gorse in your local area.

The VGT will support groups, starting from just two landholders, who are genuinely willing to control gorse and keep it under control.

VGT Chair Ron Cosgrave said if infestations of gorse are not controlled, they will continue to get worse. The time to start control is now.

“The VGT grant funding is about helping those who haven’t received past incentives, have old stands of gorse and need more support,” Mr Cosgrave said.

“In a way it’s like seed funding, a way to help landholders get the ball rolling in managing gorse.”

The longevity of gorse seeds can be decades, meaning one year of seeding generates decades of weeding or a lifetime of hard work.

Mr Cosgrave said gorse will also harbour invasive animals such as foxes, cats and rabbits costing you money and impacting on native species.

“Gorse infestations can also reduce land value dramatically and can promote a significant fire risk to your property.”

Interested landholders not part of a Landcare group can come together to deliver a project on their own.

All landholders who receive VGT grant funding must sign up to a three-year voluntary agreement to maintain their control.

The VGT 2021/22 community small grants program will close on 28 May 2021. For more information on how to apply visit vicgorsetaskforce.com.au.

 

 

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Help contribute to the development of the Stone Reserve Heritage Walk

An exciting project to develop a half kilometre walkway from Redesdale to a lookout overlooking the historic Redesdale bridge. It is planned to erect a monument to the 150 year old bridge and to create history boards depicting the colourful history of the bridge, the local area, the indigenous flora and fauna, and local aboriginal history.

Stone Reserve is a 2.5-hectare piece of land on the road between Redesdale and Mia Mia in Central Victoria. In the late 19th century, it was a stone quarry for the railways. In recent decades it has been used by the local primary school for outdoor activities and in the 1950s was part of the Federal Forestry Project. Recently the community celebrated the 150-year birthday of the bridge.

This will be a step closer to creating a walking track between the Redesdale and Mia Mia communities and an opportunity to honour the history of the local area. So let’s get donating!

To donate head to chuffed.org/project/stone-reserve-heritage-walk

 

 

 

 

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Thankfully clear skies as Redesdale hosts Bobby Valentine & Band of Renown

Last weekend Redesdale hosted Bobby Valentine & Band of Renown at the Redesdale Reserve Oval.

A big thank you to everyone who attended the Health and Wellbeing event, I am sure all attendees would agree the night offered great music, plenty of food, clear skies and a fun atmosphere.

The RaDA and RRRC committees continue to work well together with their focus being to provide an enjoyable, safe community event where all ages can get together and enjoy our local facilities.

We would like to give thanks to Gary and Vicki Hardwick – Hardwick Kyneton; Wayne Smith – Farmer Smith Estate and John Beurle for their contributions.

None of this would have come to fruition without the financial assistance of The City of Greater Bendigo, and information support from Bendigo Headspace and Bendigo Health.

Lastly a big thank you to the committee members who helped out before, during and after the concert.

Pan Prendergast

President, RaDA

 

 

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