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The New Joneses are coming to Bunjil Place

Come meet The New Joneses when their Tiny House comes to Bunjil Place and learn the easy, everyday changes we can all make to have a positive impact on our people and planet.

You can see this live installation of the pop-up house FREE, it arrives on Thursday 26 April.

Schools can also book a tour from Monday 30 April until Friday 4 May. Spaces are limited; therefore, school bookings are essential via contacting Tamara at Trumpet tamara@trumpetpr.com.au.

The cool feature coming to visit Bunjil Place visit the Bunjil Place events webpage.

 

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Grants

Environment and Heritage Grants

Applications for the City of Casey Environment and Heritage grants are open and close on 27 April 2018. Funding is available for projects to be carried out in the 2018/19 financial year.

Grants available include:

  • Biodiversity Incentive Scheme Grant – This grant is for public and private land managers who want to undertake projects to improve biodiversity. This could include revegetation, protecting remnant vegetation or weed control.
  • Heritage Grant – This is for residents that have a current heritage overlay on their property. Funds can be used to maintain buildings and places and sites of significance. 
  • Environmental Sustainability Grants – This is open to businesses, schools, kindergartens, childcare centres, universities and community groups with a project that improves Casey’s natural, built and cultural environment and benefits the community. 

 

Green Events

Free screening of Just Eat it.

You are invited to a FREE screening of this award-winning film. We all love food, so how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the rubbish?

The movie shares the shocking reality of how society is wasting food and how we can change it.

Date: Thursday 19 April 2018
Time: 6.30 PM - 8.30 PM
Venue: Bunjil Place Big Screen - 2 Patrick Northeast Drive, Narre Warren 3805

Bookings are required. To book your place, please visit the TryBooking website.

Green Kids Expo

The City of Casey is excited to once again bring the Green Kids Expo to the Community.

This year it is being held at the new Bunjil Place building and will include a diverse range of enthusiastic stall holders, engaging speakers, face painting and a bubble blower! 

Date: Saturday 28 April 2018
Time: 9.00 am - 2.00 pm
Venue: Bunjil Place - 2 Patrick Northeast Drive, Narre Warren 3805

www.casey.vic.gov.au/greenkids

Autumn Green Events

Check out the list of green events being held around Casey.

From keeping chooks, kids craft sessions, an assortment of gardening, composting and planting sessions, along with an Op Shop and Follow Your Waste Tours there is something for everyone!


 

 Sustainability

Electric Driver Program

City of Casey staff are currently undergoing SECCCA's Electric Driver Initiation Program today with Casey staff giving council's two electric vehicles (EV) a test drive and learning about the cost and environmental benefits the technology can bring.

Many aspects of the EVs have been surprising and feedback from staff has included:

  • The cars were significantly more powerful than originally perceived.
  • Not much different to driving a normal petrol powered car – controls are very similar, main difference being that the mechanical gear (R/N/D) selectors and park brake are just buttons/switches.
  • For getting around Casey, their range is perfect.
  • Super smooth, super quiet and super safer – what more could you want.
  • Powered largely by energy supplied from solar panels on the roof of the Works Centre – free and clean energy!

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Commit to Casey

With more cars on our roads now than ever before, and with it set to increase, the City of Casey are campaigning the State Government to fix our roads and extend Cranbourne Rail.

How can you support the campaign and get involved?

Visit the Casey Conversations website to find out more and get involved, especially if you fed up with our roads.

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Casey’s Annual Plant Giveaway

Dates: Thursday 17, Friday 18 & Saturday 19 May

For the past 16 years the City of Casey has run an annual Plant Giveaway event, where all Casey ratepayers are entitled to collect two FREE native plants per household.

The Council-funded plant giveaway is part of the community based Growing a Green Web program, which aims to revegetate open space in the City of Casey.

The event aims to educate the public on locally indigenous plants and the importance of native vegetation within Casey.

The event is scheduled for 17, 18 and 19 May 2018 and residents will be able to collect their plants at Westfield Fountain Gate Shopping Centre, Cranbourne Park Shopping Centre and Endeavour Hills Shopping Centre.

Over three days, Council hopes to giveaway 10,000 Indigenous plants. There will be a variety of plants available to suit a range of gardens including trees, shrubs, ground covers, wildflowers and grasses.

Green wedges, planting natives and fighting weeds.

Contributed by Don Jewell

Cannons Creek Community member, and member of Casey’s Conservation Advisory Committee.

Green Wedges are protected areas for agriculture and environmental reserves of various kinds, and we all have a duty to protect these reserves as they have been growing in Casey for millions of years.

We are very fortunate in Casey for having parts of two Green Wedges within our boundaries. Down south in Tooradin and the Coastal Villages we are covered by the Western Port Green Wedge, and our northern reaches, Lysterfield and Harkaway, are in the Southern Ranges Green Wedge.

Planting indigenous natives is important to our Green wedges but also useful if you want an easy-care garden. Once established, they will grow happily with no further help from you, except a little pruning.  The other advantage of indigenous natives is that they attract native birds. My garden at present is alive with Eastern Spinebills, the bird on our new $5 note, who are enjoying nectar from the bell-shaped flowers of the native Correas (photo).  There are many native nurseries in Casey, including the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, but the City of Casey will give you some for free too, as a part of the annual plant giveaway in May.  

That brings me to weeds; any plant growing in the wrong place. Planting our indigenous natives is important to our local area, because some natives from other parts of Australia can become weeds in our local area. Weeds to our area include, Bluebell Creeper, Sweet Pittosporum, some wattles, Agapanthus, black berries, gorse and Mirror bus.  Weeds can be spread by humans, birds and animals, wind or by water. Some weeds are known as noxious weeds while others are environmental weeds.

To learn about the weeds which infect Casey check out the City of Casey’s Sustainable Garden Guide and Weed Identification Guide.  Otherwise, you could always join one of the groups supporting your local area and reserves.

Rabbit Action Group

On the 18th of February the City of Casey in partnership with Agriculture Victoria ran a full-day workshop on rabbit control. One of the key messages was that, to be effective rabbit control requires a coordinated landscape approach.

There was a lot of passion and enthusiasm at this workshop with participants feeling that a community group needed to be formed to tackle rabbit control. A follow up meeting was organised for March, 40 people from Pearcedale, Cranbourne South, Devon Meadows, Cannon’s Creek and Tooradin attended this meeting and formed the Elmer Fudd Rabbit Action Group.

The group will share their knowledge about rabbit control with each other, coordinate their control work and apply for funding to gain equipment that will be lent out to group members.

The group would welcome new members, contact details for this group can be obtained by emailing Karen Borton – City of Casey Senior Biodiversity Conservation Officer.

Hard Waste Vs Donate

We see many items go to landfill as a part of what people throw out with their hard waste pile.

Metals and white goods, electrical waste, mattresses, tyres and garden waste get sent for recycling. While household furniture, including beds, couches, tables, chairs, drawers, outdoor furniture, toys, crockery, clothing and other household items gets buried in landfill.

In a six month period there were 31 237 booked hard waste collections within the City of Casey, with 10 415 mattresses and 2953 tyres were collected and sent for recycling. Meanwhile, 7241 tonnes of general hard waste was sent to landfill, including a range of household items such as; beds, couches, tables, chairs, drawers, outdoor furniture, toys, crockery, clothing and other household items. Therefore, we suggest finding an alternative way of moving on unwanted, good quality items. The more we can divert from going to landfill and being buried, the better everyone will be in the long run. Other people will benefit from good quality donations, and giving away items that would be buried using one of the methods mentioned below.

You could

  • give them to family, friends or a neighbour
  • donate to a charity shop
  • giveaway or sell online through; Facebook- Buy/Swap/Sell sites, FreeCycle, Gumtree or Ziilch

 

Waste and Recycling

Recycle more this Easter

Before you throw out your Easter rubbish this year, think before you bin it.

The aluminium foil around eggs, cardboard and the hard-plastic containers are all recyclable. The soft plastic packets, that hold mini eggs for example, can go to your local supermarket collection points with other soft plastics from home.

Note - Please scrunch the foil from your eggs together, to give it a chance to get through the recycle centre machinery.

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Detox Your Home

Our neighbours in Cardinia and Dandenong will be having a mobile chemical collection in the coming months, which available to surrounding Councils, including Casey. The FREE service gives people an easy disposal points for household chemicals without harming your health or the environment.

  • Pakenham - Saturday 21 April 2018, from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm. Please note that this event will be a non-registered event this year.
  • Dandenong - Saturday 16 June 2018 from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm.

For information on accepted material, or to book your drop off time visit the Detox Your Home webpage.

Paint, household batteries and light globes can be dropped off at the permanent collection point at Suez Outlook Transfer Station, 274 Hallam Road, Hampton Park, at any time when the station is open.

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Natural Resources

The locals at Myuna Farm

It’s been about five years since the colony of Grey-Headed Flying foxes set up roost in Myuna Farm’s wetlands. These flying foxes are threatened in Victoria and listed as vulnerable in Australia. Deforestation leading to habitat loss is their main threat. In the past 200 years about 70% of Victoria's bushland, together her with 35% of Victoria's wetlands have been cleared, leading to a loss or threat of 30% of Victoria's native animals. All this deforestation, makes us the most cleared state in the country and logging hasn’t stopped: an area about eight times the size of the Melbourne Cricket Ground is logged every single day. The loss of natural habitat, improvements of green areas around urban settlements, and availability of food (fruits and nectar of native trees) have attracted flying foxes to urban areas. And they are here to stay! The colony in Doveton retracts in numbers from Autumn to Winter, as some individuals move away after mating. Females give birth in Spring, and the colony expands again after the baby boom! Little bats hold on to their mums as they fly out to feed during the night, and feed on milk. When they are fully furred, around 5-6 weeks old, they stay in the trees with other young bats, forming a creche. When mums get back from the night feed they will collect their babies in the creche to give then milk until they are old enough to start flying out by themselves.

Every month, a group of volunteers do a night count as the bats fly out. That way we know how many bats are around! In March 2018 we have counted about 40,000 bats!!!  If you would like to join the group and learn more about this amazing creatures you can sign up at the Mega Bat Count website.

Biodiversity in Casey

During recent community consultation Casey residents said they would like to see Casey as a place that is green, pollution free, promotes activity, shows leadership in sustainability, and protects its natural assets. Since then the City of Casey Environment and Heritage team has been working on a draft Biodiversity Strategy in consultation with staff across Council and the Conservation Advisory Committee. Recently, the draft Biodiversity Strategy went out for public consultation with a great response from the community. Keep an eye out in June to hopefully see the final adopted strategy.

Biodiversity 2037

The Victorian Government has delivered its commitment to develop Victoria’s biodiversity plan Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037, to stop the decline of our native plants and animals and improve our natural environment. The Plan reviews many goals including raising awareness to States environment and delivering cost effective results.

To view the video online, read the summary or download the document, please visit the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website.

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Heritage

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Bunjil and the Great Flood

A retelling of an Ancient Story by Dean Stewart - Wemba Wemba Wergaia

This is a version of an ancient and local Creation story from the traditional Kulin population; a story still told by local Kulin Elders today. It is a story of lost country, of lost respect and the wrath of the Kulin’s all-powerful Great Creator, Bunjil.

It is the drowning of the ancestral lands of the Boonwurrung, a place which we today call Port Phillip Bay.

The bay, known traditionally as ‘Nerm’, was for millennia once the very best of hunting grounds for the Boonwurrung and indeed to all the Kulin people. However, at some point in the distant past, the population had become complacent and arrogant to the seemingly boundless gifts of the land.

They fought amongst themselves, and more and more they began to over exploit, to waste and deeply disrespect their precious country, their home – they believed that the land and Bunjil would always provide.

Bunjil’s anger swelled and surged.  Until in retribution to such disrespect, he called the oceans and allowed the sea to engulf the land and threatened to drown all the people in a great flood.

The Kulin cried out, realizing too late their profound mistakes. Bunjil however heeding their desperation strode out into the churning inundation and told the waters to stop. With two rocks Bunjil made the Port Phillip Bay heads and told the water to run out and reunite with the sea.

Bunjil’s rage and pain was quenched, but for the survivors Bunjil’s retribution was remembered, and grave lessons learnt. The Kulin people returned to their old values, to respect the law and lore of Bunjil, and to always, always honour and never harm the land, or its children; for both are our future, as they are our past.

This story is still told today in local Melbourne schools by the living descendants of both the Boonwurrung and Woiwurrung, the ancient first peoples of this land. However, when modern geologists did core-drilling samples of Port Phillip bay they found this piece of land had not filled in with the sea until almost 9,000 years ago.

So, consider all readers, there is a local Melbourne Aboriginal story that is almost 4,000 years older than the beginnings of the ancient Egyptian empire – An Ancient Culture, an Ancient Community.

2018 marks 150 years of Cranbourne

Cranbourne was proclaimed a shire February 24 1868, while previously it was known as Cranbourne Road Board with fewer than 1000 residents calling the area home.

Now, the population of southern Casey has grown to almost 120,000, with that number set to double by 2040. With so much of the area previously being farmland, Casey has seen a lot of change.

Casey Cardinia Libraries local history librarian Heather Arnold has produced a blog ‘Casey Cardinia — links to our past’, which shares the local history and amazing old photos.  Highlights from local history research include:

● The region now known as Cranbourne was home to the Boonwurrung, and, the Woiwurrung language people for tens of thousands of years, both these communities were in turn part of what is now considered as the larger Kulin Nation. The Boon Wurrung lived surrounding Port Phillip Bay; from Werribee River, to Western Port, Phillip Island, all the way to Wilson’s Promontory.

● The first Europeans to live in the region were Ruffy Brothers who squatted between Dandenong and Cranbourne in the 1830s.

● The Kelly’s Motor Club hotel, now a fixture of Cranbourne life, started as the Mornington Hotel in 1860. In 1912 it was known as the Motor Club Hotel and in 1919 it was taken over by the Kelly family. The building was built in 1924.

●In 1860, the population of the Road Board area (the Shire) was 857. By 1976 the shire population was 25,830.

●In 1866, Cranbourne was made up of a hotel, store, Presbyterian Church, two or three small cottages, and one ramshackle house.

● The first Cranbourne Shire president was James Lecky.  The first council meetings took place in the local Inn, until the shire offices, post office and courthouse were built in Sladen St in 1875.

● William Lyall laid the foundation stone for the first Shire of Cranbourne Offices on March 6, 1875.

● The first of 12 meteorites to land in Casey was discovered in Craig’s Rd, Devon Meadows in 1853. 

●The first meteorite weighs 3,550kg and is at London’s National History Museum. It was taken to England in 1865.

●The last meteorite was found in 1982. The meteorites, some of the heaviest in the world, were found in a mostly straight line and were 21km apart.

●The Hunt Club was once a horse and hound hunting club in the 1920s, hence the name.

● The City of Cranbourne and City of Berwick formed the City of Casey in 1994.

To read Heather’s history blog and to find out some great information visit the Links to Our Past website.

For more information on Boonwarrung visit www.boonwurrung.org/

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Community Groups and Schools

Clean Up Australia Day

There was an outstanding effort by 115 City of Casey residents who volunteered their time for Clean Up Australia Day on March 4.

In total 148 bags of litter was collected from across the Municipality, which included a group of 10 volunteers from Timbarra and the adjoining neighbourhoods. They covered the creek from the Monash Freeway underpass to the Timbarra Estate, including Hessell Road, collecting 34 Clean up Australia bags of litter, along with approximately four large trailers of hard waste.

A number of kindergartens, primary schools and a high school took part in the School Clean Up Australia Day. Rivercrest Christian College students also took part, collecting a ute load of rubbish.

Interesting items recovered included; TV’s, a microwave, trolleys, a bike frame, signs, chair parts, a suitcase and much more. The Narre Warren Girl Guides located a metal Plate, deciding to keep it as an ‘artefact’, while Daniel at Blind Bight Foreshore, came across $10, and Josh and his daughter Ziva came across half an ear muff!

It was encouraging to hear that the Friends of Colley Street Bushland Reserve in Pearcedale reported less litter in their area.

Thank you to all groups and people who participated.

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Myuna Farms New Food Production and Sustainability program for High Schools

Launched in late 2017, the new Myuna Farm educational program for High School students focuses on Sustainability and Food Production. Developed by the on-staff expert on Ecology and Agricultural Science this program has four modules.

In the first modules there is introduction to the carbon cycle and how this cycle has been disrupted by human activities leading to pollution. Students will also hear about methane, the second most important greenhouse gas. In the Water and Soil Quality module students learn how important soil is for food production and ecosystem functioning. Students explore, through quick experiments, how intensive or inappropriate use of the soil can lead to degradation, ecosystem and food production collapse. Students will learn about impacts of human activities (including agriculture) on soil and waterways, along with use a technical kit to measure water quality in the Dandenong Creek. A tractor ride will take the students to the local wetlands where they will learn the function of wetlands as an ecosystem and its importance for urban environments. Students will learn how to sample aquatic macro-invertebrates to conduct a biodiversity assessment and detect key indicator species of water quality, completing the Wetland Biodiversity module. 

The last module is about Food Miles, ethical food production and consumption. In this activity students will calculate the pollution, in terms of carbon emissions, and what their food habits can lead to. They will learn about how consuming local produce can help to preserve the environment, how we can fight environmental degradation, food waste, and social inequality by simply choosing more wisely what we eat.

The school programs run between 10.00 am and 3.00 pm. Each module runs for about 50 minutes and is be scheduled to accommodate your group’s needs. Costs: $12.50 per student (GST free for schools). When ratio of adults to students is more than one-to-five adults pay $10, otherwise free. For bookings and enquiries call 9706 9944, or email myunafarm@casey.vic.gov.au.


 

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