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Banksia Bulletin

                     autumn 2020

               in Bayside
           spider spotting
              Tulip Street
               Pond refill
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From the Mayor                                                                                                                              In this issue
Welcome to the Autumn edition of
Banksia Bulletin.
                                                   While we have had to postpone the
                                                 opening of our Bayside Community
                                                                                                                                            Special features                                        Other articles
  I would like to thank our Friends              Nursery until further notice, we are
groups, volunteers and environmental             working closely with Citywide to                                                                                                                   PLANTS OF BAYSIDE   4
advocates for their patience and                 promote wholesale orders so that we
                                                                                                                                                                                                    HAVE YOUR SAY       4

understanding as we all navigate these           can distribute as much stock as possible,
uncertain times.                                 particularly as many people are home
                                                                                                                                                                                                    CUCKOO BEES AND
  With social distancing measures                tending to their homes and gardens.                                                                                                                BLUE‑BANDED BEES
enforced around Victoria, we have                  Volunteering is as much about the                                                                                                                AT BLACK ROCK       5
had to make changes to the way we                socialisation as it is about the task at
care for our natural environment.                hand and I am sure you are all looking                                                                                                             TULIP STREET POND
  Working bees are currently                     forward to catching up in the open                                                                                          SPIDER WATCH           REFILLED FROM
suspended for groups, however, I thank           spaces you care so much about.                                                                                                                     LOCAL POOL          6
the volunteers who have adapted to                 As like-mind individuals who
these new conditions and continue to             come together under the banner of                                                                                                                  UPDATE ON A THRIVING

maintain our reserves and heathlands             Friends groups to care and protect our                                                                                                             RESERVE8
in a way that adheres to social                  natural environment, we will be back
distancing rules.                                together soon and I look forward to                                                                                                                VISIT FROM NSW      11
  It is great to hear also that Friends          being able to gather in our beautiful                                                                                       INVERTEBRATES AT       RAKALI AND THE
groups are staying in touch via social           parks and open spaces in the near future.
media and participating in online                                                            Cr Clarke Martin
                                                                                                                                                                             BAY ROAD HEATHLAND     YEAR OF THE RAT     11
meetings, which has become the new               Stay healthy and look after one             Mayor                                                                           SANCTUARY              VOLUNTEER GROUPS    18
norm across Council also.                        another.                                    Bayside City Council

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                                                                                                                                                                             START OF TIME

                                                                                                                                             Bayside Community Nursery
                                                                                                                                                                        RE-OPENING MAY 2020
                                                                                                                                             The Bayside Community Nursery is expected to
                                                                                                                                             re‑open in May.
                                                                                                                                             The April 2020 opening date was postponed due
                                                                                                                                             to COVID-19 restrictions.
                                                                                                                                             Council is finalising arrangements that adhere
                                                                                                                                             to social distancing rules that will keep our staff,
                             Manufactured with   Manufactured using
                             100% FSC® post      process chlorine free                       Cover image: Native Violet (Viola hederacea)    volunteers and visitors safe.
                             consumer waste.     (PCF) pulps.                                by Pauline Reynolds
                                                                                                                                             The date will be confirmed soon and posted
                                                                                                                                             on Council’s website.
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Chequered Cuckoo Bee (Thyreus caeruleopunctatus)


                                                                              Council has adopted a new masterplan
                                                                              to guide the historic transformation
                                                                                                                                   Cuckoo Bees and
                                                                              of Elsternwick Park golf course into a
                                                                              natural oasis on our City’s doorstep.                Blue-banded Bees
                                                                                                                                   at Black Rock
                                                                              The new Elsternwick Park Nature Reserve will
                                                                              bring nature back into our urban area, providing
                                                                              refuge and tranquillity for both wildlife and

                                           Plants of                          Key proposed elements include a ‘chain of
                                                                              ponds’, expanded wetlands, grassy woodland           By John Eichler
                                           Bayside                            and visitor facilities such as Indigenous
                                                                              gathering places and a gateway feature building      An attractive powder blue and black
                                           With Aaron Hurrell of                                                                   coloured Chequered Cuckoo Bee, Thyreus
                                           Citywide Parks and Gardens         at the northern end of the reserve adjacent to
                                                                                                                                   caeruleopunctatus, spent at least three nights in
                                                                              Nepean Highway.
                                                                                                                                   my Black Rock garden during December 2019.
    White Correa                                                              Bayside Mayor Cr Clarke Martin said the plan
                                                                              was strongly influenced by feedback.
                                                                                                                                   It would arrive at around 5.30pm, latch onto a fine,
                                                                                                                                   bare twig with its jaws, raise its legs and remain
    The White Correa (Correa alba) is a dense spreading                                                                            there until after the sun reached its resting spot
    shrub that grows to between 0.5 and 2m high and                           The masterplan adopted by Council creates a          the next morning.
    1-3m wide.                                                                blueprint for the nature reserve with four key          Thyreus are parasites (or more correctly,
    Its grey-green leaves are velvety and paler on the                        objectives:                                          parasitoids) of Blue-banded Bees, Amegilla sp.
    underside and grow to 1.5-4cm by 6-25mm in an                             • Protect the natural environment and encourage      They enter and lay eggs in the nesting burrows,
    elliptical shape with white flowers of around 2cm each.                                                                        mostly constructed in soil, of Blue-banded Bees.
    This plant is adaptable to moist, well-drained soils                                                                           The Blue-banded Bee egg or larva is killed and the
                                                                              • Community and visitor facilities
    but can handle dry periods and lots of moisture once                                                                           Cuckoo Bee larva consumes the food resource that
    established. It prefers full sun to semi-shade and will
                                                                              • Improving water quality in Elster Creek and        had been deposited in the nest by the adult Blue-
    grow from seeds and cuttings.                                               Port Phillip Bay                                   banded Bee.
    A coastal plant, the White Correa makes a beautiful                       • Reduce the risk of flood damage                       While I have not seen Blue-banded Bees in my
    hedge as it responds well to pruning. Early settlers                                                                           garden this season they do visit most years, having
    used the leaves to help smoke food and as a tea                                                                                a preference for blue coloured flowers. During the
                                                                              Register to have your say
    substitute.                                                                                                                    warmer months of 2015/16 Blue-banded Bees
                                                                              Visit                    were frequent visitors, with up to 11 spending
    Source Bull, Marilyn (1991) Flora of Melbourne: A guide to the
    indigenous plants of the greater Melbourne area Carlton Vic: Hyland
                                                                              elsternwick-nature-reserve to view the               the night clinging to Kangaroo Grass stems in
    House Publishing                                                          masterplan and have your say.                        January. I also observed Chequered Cuckoo Bees
                                                                                                                                                                                          Blue-banded Bees (Amegilla sp.)
                                                                                                                                   in the garden on several occasions that season.

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(L-R) Civil Projects Engineer Jalpan Desai worked with Damian Carr
                                                                                                                                                                                         from the Open Space team on the Landcox Park lake project.

                                                                                                                                                                                         Replenishing Landcox Park Lake
                                                                                                                                                                                         Story supplied by Bayside City Council
                                                                                                                                                                                         Council has successfully re-directed stormwater destined for the
                                                                                                                                                                                         drainage system, and ultimately Port Phillip Bay, into the lake at Landcox

    Tulip Street Pond
                                                                                                                                                                                         Park in Brighton East.
                                                                                                                                                                                         Around 40,000 litres of water from two underground detention tanks at
                                                                                                                                                                                         Hawthorn Road were discharged by Citywide into the lake instead of

    refilled from local pool
                                                                                                                                                                                         This assisted in replenishing the lake, which is home to native long-
                                                                                                                                                                                         necked tortoises.
                                                                                                                                                                                         This is a great example of Council’s committment to sustainable
                                                                                                                                                                                         decision-making, and finding better ways.

    On Sunday 22 December, the                      Commencing at midday, pumping the           spotted enjoying the water at the location,      Even some Wood Ducks from the
    Sandringham Family Leisure Centre             pool water into the pond was completed        both with ducklings in tow.                   neighbouring Sandringham Golf Course
    pool was drained to allow routine             by evening.                                     A pair of Bronzewing pigeons, which         have wandered over to the pond with
    maintenance, painting and structural            By mid-January 2020, wildlife had           are uncommon in Bayside, have also            around 40 spotted in early January
    investigation.                                returned to the pond.                         been seen enjoying the tranquillity           enjoying the peace as they rested on the
      The emptying of the pool would                More and more birds have been               around the pond, as well as the return        southern grassy patch. A White-faced
    normally be discharged into the               attracted to the pond including two           of Pobblebonk and Spotted Marsh frogs         Heron was also sighted at the pond
    stormwater system, however this year          species of native duck – Pacific Black Duck   to their home, who have been heard            during February.
    Council found a more sustainable use –        and Wood Duck – that have already been        croaking in celebration.                         It is exciting to see the Tulip
    refilling Tulip Street Pond.                                                                                                              Street Pond refill has brought
      This pond, located in the small reserve                                                                                                 wildlife back to the area.
    adjacent to the Sandringham Family                                                                                                           The proposed new building
    Leisure Centre, is normally filled via                                                                                                    to accommodate four additional
    stormwater.                                                                                                                               basketball courts to be built
      At the time, the pond was completely                                                                                                    adjacent to the pond area
    dry due to the lack of rain. An ecological                                                                                                has been designed to send
    fauna and flora study found that the pool                                                                                                 stormwater from the expansive
    water would be suitable for the pond                                                                                                      roof area into the pond which will
    environment if the chlorine levels could                                                                                                  replenish the pond on an ongoing
    be significantly reduced. The Friends of                                                                                                  basis.
    Native Wildlife Inc. (FoNW Inc.) supported                                                                                                   Council and FoNW Inc. will
    the initiative, pending acceptable chlorine                                                                                               continue to monitor the pond and
    levels in the pool water could be reached                                                                                                 its new and returning wildlife.
    prior to emptying.                                                                                                                           A community weeding and
      The pool filter was turned off a few                                                                                                    planting day is planned for later
    days prior to draining the pool to ensure                                                                                                 in the year to further restore
    chlorine levels dropped to an acceptable                                                                                                  surrounding habitat. Keep an eye
    level, and water testing on the morning                                                                                                   on Council’s website and FoNW
    confirmed these levels had been achieved.                                                                                                 Facebook page for future details.

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Update on a
thriving reserve                                                                                                                          Coast Manna Gum
                                                                                                                          (Eucalyptus viminalis ssp pryoriana)
                                                                                                                                                                 Common Beard Heath
                                                                                                                                                                 (Leucopogon virgatus)

    Story and photos by Pauline Reynolds              It was decided to postpone the burn
    Co-convenor George Street Reserve              because of the necessity of physical
                                                   distancing and the public concern about
    George Street Reserve Friends Group            the smoke at this time.
    was lucky to have had a working bee               With luck, the burn can take
    on 15 March (the Ides of March, which          place in spring. The previous two
    would be an omen as it turned out), just       wildfires have occurred in November
    before all volunteer activities had to cease   with very good results. Citywide may
    for the foreseeable future due to Victorian    have to slash again though because
    Government restrictions for COVID-19.          everything is growing so lushly.
       It was a beautiful autumn day and, as       Realistically, it was too damp to burn
    far as we knew then, the planned burn of       that week anyway! Everyone hopes
    4000 square metres would take place on         that it won’t have to be delayed for
    7 April, so we were weeding in that area.      another year. It’s turned out to be a
       With all the rain this year, everything     big challenge.
    has grown madly and some of the weeds             I’ve had a few walks around the
    are seeding for a second time.                 reserve recently; comments from some
       We are very pleased to have three new       of the other walkers have been really
    volunteers – two of whom are teenagers         interesting and supportive of both the
    – Julie, Alaska and Max join the group.        decision to burn and the decision to
    The dynamic of the working party has           delay. It’s good to chat with them and
    changed with their enthusiasm and              to hear their understanding of what the
    eagerness to learn. They are great fun         conservation of George Street Reserve     Common Flat Pea
    and wonderful workers!                         is about.                                 (Platylobium obtusangulum)                                                                  Nodding Green Hoods (Pterostylis nutans)

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Visit from
 Spider                                                                        NSW
                                                                               By Pauline Reynolds

                                                                               We were pleased to welcome a visit from two
                                                                               Penrith City Council (western Sydney) staff to our
                                                                               Bayside Community Nursery where we discussed
                                                                               how it operates and the role of volunteers.
                                                                                 In a follow-up email, City Presentation –
 Story and photo by John Eichler                                               Operations Coordinator Murray Halls said they
                                                                               enjoyed discussing our wonderful nursery
 I first noticed the Enamelled spider (Plebs bradleyi)                         including the special role that volunteers play.
 in an elaborate web in the Correa alba in my front                              “Everything comes together … to create the highly-valued
 garden in Sandringham on 1 February this year,                                community facility for the residents of Bayside,” he said.
 where it sat for around a month. The mysterious spider                          “Our plan here at Penrith is to redevelop our existing
 was around three centimetres long, including its legs.                        nursery facility so that it provides a range of plant
    According to the Atlas of Living Australia and the                         production services for a variety of existing and future key
 iNaturalist websites the nearest records of this spider                       Council programs and capital projects.
 previously were in nearby Bentleigh East and Chelsea.                           “We are excited about what is possible and seeing first-
    So, be on the lookout for visitors around the                              hand the facility at Bayside gives us a glimpse of that future.”
 garden or bushland as you never know what is to be                              We are always pleased to share our passion and
 discovered.                                                                   knowledge.

                                                                               Rakali and the Year of the Rat
                                                                               By Elizabeth Walsh

                                                                               Photo supplied by the Department of
                                                                               Environment, Land, Water and Planning

                                                                               A warm and calm Friday evening at the
                                                                               Brighton pier in January was the perfect
                                                                               way to celebrate and welcome in the
                                                                               Year of the Rat.
                                                                                  The annual Summer by the Sea
                                                                               program and FoNW Inc. brought the
                                                                                                                                                                            Rakali (hydromys chrysogaster)
                                                                               life and history of local water mammal,
                                                                               Rakali (Hydromys chrysogaster), to life.
                                                                                  After a wonderful display of antics                                                    worms, crabs and yabbies whilst diving
                                                                               from our Rakali, our 30 participants                                                      in either fresh or salt water, but will
                                                                               enjoyed a beautiful fireworks display to                                                  scavenge on land. Although seen on
                                                                               welcome in the Chinese Year of the Rat;                                                   land during daylight hours, they are
                                                                               a wonderfully orchestrated start to 2020.                                                 mostly sighted from dusk to dawn
                                                                                  Our volunteer group has been                                                           around lakes, rivers and our local rocky
                                                                               promoting local wildlife through                                                          foreshore areas.
                                                                               surveys and community engagement                                                            For many years there were more
                                                                               for 24 years.                                   Rakali, like the platypus, are highly     sightings at Sandringham pier, but
                                                                                  This is the second time within a few       adapted to aquatic life. They are thickly   recent reformation work on the
                                                                               months that FoNW Inc. has held events         furred mammals with partially webbed        outside of the breakwater and harbour
                                                                               with consistent sightings of Rakali at        hind feet. They seek most of their food     dredging appears to have altered life
                                                                               Brighton pier.                                under water eating crustaceans, fish,       within this area.

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 at Bay Road
 Heathland Sanctuary

 While the birds and plants of
 Bay Road Heathland Sanctuary
 (BRHS) are quite well
 documented, the same cannot
 be said about the invertebrate
 fauna like insects, spiders,
 scorpions, millipedes, snails
 and slaters.

 Story by John Eichler
 Local naturalist
 Sue Forster
 Convener Friends of Bay Road Heathland Sanctuary
 Photos by John Eichler

 Common Brown Butterfly, male (Heteronympha merope)

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Dainty Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio anactus)

 Bee Fly (Villa sp.)

 A search of the Atlas of Living Australia    • Cricket nymph                             flies, butterflies, wasps and some beetles
 and iNaturalist websites reveals a total     • Weevil                                    are attracted to flowering plants. Less
 of only nine invertebrate records from       • Common Rough Woodlouse                    conspicuous are the many types of bugs,
 this important reserve.                      • Mealybug                                  the larval stages of moths, butterflies and
   In an effort to address this, we are       • Dainty Swallowtail Butterfly.             sawflies that can be found on new leaves.     Weevils (Pelororhinus sp.)
 visiting the reserve periodically and        A Cockroach egg sac and the nymph case         Other invertebrates are more cryptic.
 documenting all invertebrates sighted.       of a Tube Spittlebug provided evidence      Predators, such as spiders and mantids
 This will be done by taking images and       of further species.                         and parasitic invertebrates, including
 identifying and recording what is seen         Records dating back to 2015 also          many wasps and some flies, can be found
 on each visit.                               document sightings of the Blue-banded       searching for prey or hiding amongst the
   On the first of these visits, 29 January   Bee, Thynnid Wasp, Common Brown             vegetation.
 2020, we recorded 22 species of              Butterfly, Geometrid Moth caterpillar,         Various beetles bore into dead
 invertebrates.                               Tiger Fly, Jewel Beetle and the nymphs of   wood and others can be found in
   Indigenous species included:               Gum Leafhoppers.                            decaying wood or under logs. Slaters,
 • Bee Fly and Robber Fly                       Three common introduced species, the      scorpions and some spiders also make
 • Common Gea and Sooty Orbweaver             Cabbage White Butterfly, European Honey     their homes under logs. Beetles and
   spiders                                    Bee and Centipede (Lithobius peregrinus),   larger spiders can be common under
 • Pie-dish, Darkling and Leaf beetles        are regularly found in the reserve.         loose bark.
 • Larva of a Cockchafer Beetle                 Invertebrates can be found year round,       It is anticipated that future surveys
 • Fragments of Golden Stag Beetles           but are most numerous and conspicuous       will reveal many more types of the
 • Tyde’s Sand Wasp                           during the warmer months, particularly      intriguing invertebrates that visit or
 • Wingless Grasshopper                       when certain plants are in flower. Bees,    make BRHS their home.

                                                                                                                                        Robber Fly (Cerdistus-Neoitamus complex)         Pie-dish Beetle (Helea sp.)
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Toadfish Jaw

                                                                                                                               Tooth und

 Chambered Nautilus                                                                                                        Eucalypt leaf

Back to the
                                                                            Guest speaker Murray Orr, President               Some examples could easily be             Hastalis
                                                                            of the Beaumaris Earth Sciences Society,       identified with living relatives today.
                                                                            used images of fossils discovered in           Others, such as the Giant Sperm Whale,
                                                                            Beaumaris Bay from his own collection          have no near comparison, fortunately for
                                                                            and from Museums Victoria as he                other marine mammals surviving now.

start of time
                                                                            recreated Late Miocene Beaumaris in the           The audience was fascinated to hear
                                                                            imaginations of the audience.                  of marsupial lions, giant kangaroos and
                                                                               The fossil deposits in Beaumaris Bay,       500-kilogram wombats once roaming
                                                                            both in the water and under the cliffs, are    the landscape where we now sat in the
                                                                            of international significance because of the   Beaumaris Community Centre.
                                                                            unique finds from the past few decades.           Local vegetation was not entirely
                                                                               A three-kilogram tooth from a Giant         different from now and recent fossil
                                                                            Sperm Whale (Livyatan) found in                finds identified from the Casuarina
 A Friends of Native Wildlife Inc. event for 60                             2016 created paleontological history           family looked familiar. One really scary
 ‘Wild in Bayside’ members and friends took                                 as only three such teeth had previously        specimen took us into the skies and an
                                                                            been discovered, all on the west coast of      artist’s recreation of a flying Pelagornis
 guests back in time 5.5 million years to learn                             South America.                                 had the audience grateful such giant
 about Beaumaris Bay’s local fauna and fauna                                   From examples of fossils such as teeth,     carnivores, with wing spans many times
 on the coast and in the water and air.                                     parts of various bones, crab bodies,           larger than a Wedge-tailed Eagle, are
                                                                            shells, and petrified wood, Murray shared      extinct.
                                                                            examples of life forms and trees that             Following the talk people viewed the
                                                                            once lived those millions of years ago on      numerous display cases of fossils Murray
 Denis Young                                                                our nearby coast and in adjacent waters.       brought along to share and were able to
 Bayside Friends of Native Wildlife Inc.                                    Besides giant whales, various sharks,          further deepen their understanding of
                                                                            fish, crabs, megafauna, dolphins, sponges,     that distant time in Beaumaris over five
                                                                            corals and sea urchins also existed.           million years ago.

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Volunteer Groups
 Friends Groups
 Friends of Balcombe Park                                                 Friends of Ricketts Point
 Convenor: Ian O’Loughlin                                                 Convenor: Diana Pearce
 Mobile: 0412 432 618 Email:                 Phone: 0448 573 256 Email:

 Friends of Bay Road Heathland Sanctuary                                  Friends of Ricketts Point Landside                                                                                     Editorial Policy
 Convenor: Sue Forster                                                    Convenor: Sue Raverty                                                                                                  The purpose of publishing the Banksia
 Phone: 0431 688 606 Email:                   Phone: (03) 9589 2103 Email:                                                                   Bulletin is to circulate information, report on
                                                                                                                                                                                                 events, and to profile relevant environmental
 Friends of Bayside Roads                                                 Friends of Table Rock                                                                                                  issues important to our community.
 Contact: Derek Jones                                                     Convenor: Ken Rendell                                                                                                  The Bulletin is also published to support the
 Phone: 0417 360 747 Email:                       Phone: (03) 9589 4452                                                                                                  network of people involved in enjoying and
                                                                                                                                                                                                 protecting our local environment.
 Bayside Environmental Friends Network                                    Friends of Elster Creek                                                                                                Bayside City Council encourages people from
 Convenor: Teneille Mahoney                                               Convenor: Gio Fitzpatrick                                                                                              our local community groups to submit articles
 Phone: 9583 8408 Email:                       Phone: 0432 045 303 Email:                                                                           of interest, share experiences and news
                                                                          Meeting point: Elwood Canal, Glen Huntly Road Bridge                                                                   about any upcoming events. All articles are
 Friends of Beaumaris Reserve                                                                                                                                                                    reviewed prior to publication and Council
 Convenor: Chris Sutton                                                                                                                                                                          reserves the right to omit or edit submissions.
 Phone: 0438 327 924 Email:                              Environment Groups                                                                                                     Acknowledgements
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Thank you to all the people who have
 Friends of Brighton Dunes                                                Bayside Earth Sciences Society Inc.                                                                                    contributed to this issue of Banksia Bulletin.
 Convenor: Jenny Talbot                                                   President: Murray Orr                                                                                                  Disclaimer
 Phone: 0499 592 233                                                      Email:                                                                                        The views expressed in the Banksia Bulletin
                                                                          Website:                                                                                      are not necessarily those of Bayside City
 Friends of Cheltenham Park                                                                                                                                                                      Council nor its representatives.
 Convenor: Valerie Tyers                                                  Beaumaris Conservation Society Inc
 Phone: (03) 9588 0107 Email:
                                                                          President: Greg Mier                                                                                                   Damien Van Trier
                                                                          Contact: PO Box 7016, Beaumaris 3193 Email:                                                            Manager Open Space,
 Friends of Donald MacDonald Reserve                                      Website:                                                                                                Recreation and Wellbeing
 Convenor: Kim Croker
 Phone: (03) 9589 2443 Email:                                                                                                                                             Content Coordinator
                                                                          Black Rock and Sandringham Conservation
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Amy Weir
                                                                          Association Inc
 Friends of George Street Reserve                                                                                                                                                                Biodiversity and Conservation
                                                                          President: Craig Brunnen
 Convenors: Pauline Reynolds & Val Tarrant                                                                                                                                                       Planning Officer
                                                                          Phone: 0488 303 887 Email:
 Phone: (03) 9598 6368 Email:                                                                                                                                      Please send articles and photos to
                                                                          Secretary: John Neve                                                                                         
                                                                          Phone: 0479 196 260 Email:
 Friends of Gramatan Avenue Heathland                                                                                                                                                            Copy deadlines
 Convenor: Ken Rendell                                                    Elsternwick Park Association                                                                                           Winter 2020
 Phone: (03) 9589 4452                                                                                                                                                                           Monday, 1 June, 2020
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 Friends of Long Hollow Heathland                                         Marine Care Ricketts Point Inc                                                                                         Bayside City Council to service people
 Convenor: Rob Saunders                                                   President: Elizabeth Jensen                                                                                            interested in enjoying and protecting the
 Phone: (03) 9515 3383 Email:                        Phone: 0419 354 998 Email:
                                                                                                                                              Due to the evolving COVID-19                       local environment.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 If you would like to be added to the
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                                                                                                                                                                                                 Corporate Centre
 Phone: (03) 9515 3383 Email:                        School Groups                                                               further notice.                            PO Box 27 Royal Avenue
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Sandringham VIC 3191
 Friends of Native Wildlife                                                                                                                                                                      Telephone: 9599 4444
                                                                          Firbank Girls Grammar
 Convenors: Anne Jessel & Elizabeth Walsh
 Phone: 0412 545 441 Email:
                                                                          Contact: Mary-Ellen Johnson
                                                                          Phone: (03) 9591 5188 Email:
                                                                                                                                              Please visit          

                                                                                                                                             or your Friends group Facebook
 Website:                                                                                                                                                                     Hours of business
                                                                          St Leonard’s College Conservation Group                                                                                8.30am–5pm
 Friend of Picnic Point Sandringham                                                                                                                                                              Monday–Friday
 Convenor: Terry Reynolds
 Phone: (03) 9598 2978 Email:
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Gum Leafhopper (Eurymeloides sp. nymphs)
                    Photo by John Eichler
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