January 2021 – Rainfall by Chas;

165 mm for January. This compares to the same period last year of 36 mm for January. This is the highest recording for January since the flood year of 2011 (294mm). As of the 27th January Lake Bellfield is holding 51,030ML or 65% full compared to the same period last year of 53,410ML or 68% full. The total system is holding 194,000ML or 34.62% full compared to the same period last year of 197,710ML or 35.29% full.

Mount William received 85.8mm for January 2021 (once again I think there was a malfunction in the recordings between the 1st and 19th of January).

The highest temperature of 31.4 C was recorded on the 24th of January and the lowest of 2.3 C was recorded on the 27th of January. The highest wind speed of 98 km/h was recorded on the 25th of January 2021.

Budja Budja Neighbourhood House is running First Aid and CPR training during 2021. Booking is Essential please call Alison or Lee-Anne on 03 5356 4751 option 3.

2021 Dates:
Monday 22nd February 2021
Monday 12th April 2021
Monday 7th June 2021
Monday 9th August 2021
Monday 4th October 2021
Monday 6th December 2021
Time: 9am to 3pm
Cost: CPR HLTAID 001 $65
First Aid HLTAID 002 $155
BYO: Lunch

This Friday is Restart a Heart Day, from 10am-12noon we will have Linda from Ambulance Victoria here at Budja (at the Mobile Clinic which will be pulled up in the main car park) talking to interested community members about where to find and how to use Public Access Defibrillators in Halls Gap.

People are welcome to just drop by and chat to Linda and Sarah will be on hand to give people a tour of the mobile clinic and information on services offered at Budja Budja.

Can you help

Grampians Textures 13 – 18 March 2021 – Cancelled Still planning to run Grampians Brushes 11 – 16 September 2021

We are looking for several more classroom in Halls Gap for us to run our workshops from. We are looking for large rooms, these might be large lounge/living room rooms in a holiday house, a play room or recreation room. We will need to have exclusive use of the space for the duration of the workshop ie students need to be able to safely leave their workshop space set up overnight. Use of a toilet and somewhere to make tea and coffee. We take great care of the spaces we use and make sure that we don’t have anything that might be messy in private house etc. We run lots of different workshop such as embroidery, knitting, weaving, illustration, botanical drawing that are very tidy sort of workshops. If you think that you might be able to assist and would like more information please contact 0428825971  / textures@grampianarts.com.au

Marion Matthews
0428 825 971

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

131 mm for August bringing the progressive total to 640 mm for 2020.

This compares to the same period last year of 132 mm for August with a progressive total of 685 mm for 2019. As of the 26th of August Lake Bellfield is holding 50,320 ML or 64% full compared to the same period last year of 59,110 ML or 75% full. The total system is holding 186,270 ML or 33.24% full compared to the same period last year of 242,920 ML or 43.35% full.

It is interesting to note that Lake Lonsdale is holding 7,210 ML or 14% full compared to the same period last year of 20,270 ML or 38% full. Mount William received 137.8 mm for August 2020. The highest temperature of 11.9 C was recorded on the 29th of August and the lowest of – 3.8 C was recorded on the 4th of August 2020. The highest wind speed of 113 km/h was recorded on the 30th of August 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.