TOUR DATES AND TIMES

Wednesday 5th August
Botanic Garden Field Trip. Meet in the shelter at the Grampians Flora Botanic Gardens at 1400.

Sunday 9th August
Mt Zero Field Trip. Meet in the picnic area at Mt Zero at 1330.

Wednesday 19th August
Botanic Garden Field Trip. Meet in the shelter at the Grampians Flora Botanic Gardens at 1400.

Sunday 23rd August
Heatherlie Quarry Field Trip. Meet in the car park at Heatherlie Quarry at 1330.

Wednesday 2nd September
Botanic Garden Field Trip. Meet in the shelter at the Grampians Flora Botanic Gardens at 1400.

Sunday 6th September
Piccaninny Field Trip. Meet in the car park at the start of the Piccaninny walking track at 1330.

Wednesday 16th September
Botanic Garden Field Trip. Meet in the shelter at the Grampians Flora Botanic Gardens at 1400.

Sunday 20th September
Sundial Field Trip. Meet in the Sundial carpark at 1330.

Wednesday 30th September
Botanic Garden Field Trip. Meet in the shelter at the Grampians Flora Botanic Gardens at 1400.

 

Community Association of Halls Gap Inc
President’s Report to the Annual General Meeting on 1st June, 2020

Janet fulfilled her promise to act as Treasurer for a year and in fact went a little longer to February at the end of the financial year.    She has now handed over the post to Joy Robson who has been an enthusiastic volunteer worker for some time in the Botanic Garden.   Since Joy is an accountant we know that we are in safe hands and I thank her sincerely for taking over this task.

The Botanic Garden has been kept in good shape by volunteers under Margo’s leadership and the major change during the year was the felling of a number of trees that had become dangerous to the public, including probably the largest tree in the centre of the Garden.  New tables and seats have been installed in the shelter shed with the Bulgana Wind Farm grant through Ararat Shire and another  grant has been obtained from Northern Grampians Shire to purchase notice boards for that shed.   We shall soon apply for a major grant for more substantial works.   The granite plaque celebrating the life of the botanist at Sullivan’s Seat has now been relocated to the Garden and the Historical Society has installed a new bench seat nearby.

The Wildflower Show went ahead as usual and made a profit but the numbers attending were much reduced.    This has prompted questions over its future but Margo has managed to recruit more people to help organise it and a decision was made to continue with it this year.

The Grampians Walking Tracks Support Group had completed the new track to the waterfalls at Golton Gorge by mid December but the scheduled official opening had to be delayed on account of very high temperatures.   The Group paid for a contractor  to renew the entry road, car park and picnic area, and provided two new picnic tables for it.  This made a dent in our accumulated funds but there is still plenty in reserve.  A new date for the opening was set at the end of the summer but again it was postponed because of the corona virus lockdown.    All of the usual autumn working bees were also cancelled for the same reason.

The Film Society still flourishes and one of this year’s showings was held at Pomonal for the first time, since Alison Bainbridge is now giving Janet much assistance in running the group.

Graham’s Landcare liaison with Project Platypus has led to a concerted effort to tackle the problem of Kunzea spreading around Halls Gap.

The Association made its promised donation of $5,000 to WAMA, at a time when its value for the recipient was doubled by another generous donor.    Considerable progress has been made in developing their site over the last year.

Finally I thank all our members for their various contributions to the Association this year.

 

David Witham
President

Northern Grampians Shire is currently advertising for a full time Project Officer – Emergency Planning who will have a specific responsibility for the Halls Gap Community Preparedness and Resilience Project.  Originally due in May, the closing date for applications has been extended to 8 June.  See https://ngsc-external.applynow.net.au/jobs/NGSC00033-project-officer-emergency-planning

 

May 2020 – Rainfall by Chas
111.5 mm for May bringing the progressive total for 2020 to 350 mm. This compares to the same period last year of 158.5 mm for May with a progressive total of 225 mm.
As of the 27th of May Lake Bellfield is holding 46,980ML or 60% full compared to the same period last year of 52,940ML or 67% full. The total system is holding 165,960ML or 29.62% full compared to the same period last year of 191,610ML or 34.20% full.
Mount William received 116.2 mm for May 2020. The highest temperature of 13 C was recorded on the 7th of May and the lowest of – 0.6 C was recorded on the 10th of May. The highest wind speed of 117 km/h was recorded on the 7th of May 2020.

32.5 mm for March bringing the progressive total for 2020 to 143.5 mm. This compares to the same period last year of 14.5 mm for March with a progressive total of 52 mm.

As of the 25th of March Lake Bellfield is holding 50,430 ML or 64 % full compared to the same period last year of 54,810 ML or 70 % full. The total system is holding 173,230 ML or 30.92 ML compared to the same period last year of 205,630 ML or 36.70 % full.

Mount William received 44 mm for March 2020.

The highest temperature of 25 C was recorded on the 18th of March and the lowest of 1.8 C was recorded on the 14th of March. The highest wind speed of 102 km/h was recorded on the 13th of March.

 

Budja Budja Medical Clinic has moved to ESSENTIAL Telehealth Appointments during this COVID-19 pandemic.

This means a phone consult with our GP, preferred either via FACETIME or SKYPE if you have these apps.

If not they can be easily downloaded to your phone or computer.

The GP will determine if it is ESSENTIAL to consult face to face this can still be done at our clinic.

Appointments can still be made by phoning reception during opening hours,

TUE-FRI 9.00-5.00 and every second MON.

BUDJA MEDICAL CLINIC

20-22 Grampians Road, Halls Gap 3381

PH: 03 53564751

www.budjabudjacoop.org.au

 

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