Public land activities

Hello All,

Please check our calendar of events and facebook page for the CEC conservation reserves for July to December this year.  Other activities will progressively be added and please contact CECif you have an idea for an activity that is not listed.

We have some ambitious revegetation projects scheduled for two new reserves near Bayles this season: Bethunes and Five Mile, and plan to have all planting completed by the end of September. 

Also included are a number of Biodiversity events;  which will be conducted as afternoon – evening sessions.  The Biodiversity Challenge is an annual event in October organised by the Westernport Biosphere Foundation and provides a snapshot of the range of species occurring in the Westernport catchment.  The Bandicoot Corner team have done well in this event over the last few years and it would be interesting to see how BNCR will measure up.

At times activities may need to be re-scheduled to adverse weather or other issues; can you please advise if you are planning to attend in the week prior to the planned event so CEC can advise of any cancellations.

Nursery name change

The nursery has had a name change to reflect it's ties with the Cardinia Shire. The new name is CEC nursery.

Everything else stays the same – Adele is still there with her band of hardworking volunteers collecting seed, potting up and making the world a greener place.

Tuesday is volunteer day, so if you have some spare time, and are keen to learn seed collecting and plant care, please email here for more details.

Update – Women in Conservation

Still a few days to register for this event. Here is the final list of speakers, a great lineup of local environmental interests.Something for everyone!

Please email (click here) to register for this event, and we can send you bank transfer details.

Dr Pat McWhirter

Title of her talk:   Harewood – Westernport: Weaving Star dust into our Story

Pat has a passion for Westernport landscape and history.  She shares the learnings about the environment and history from her property Harewood with the local community through her membership of the Westernport Landcare Group and the WP Biosphere Reserve.   Pat is a specialist bird vet and also works in a volunteer capacity with the community in establishing wild life corridors.  

Vivien Clarke

Title of her talk:  The Resilient Conservationist

Viv has been Manager and Owner of the Maryknoll Indigenous Plant nursery since 1999.  She is an inaugural member of the Back Creek Landcare Group in the position of Secretary.  Viv also works for the environment as Project Officer for Cardinia Catchment Landcare Group Inc.  Her passion for the local bushland drives her as Custodian of the Sister Chanel Reserve, in Maryknoll.   

Karen Alexander OAM 

Title of her talk:  FROM PEDDER TO PASPALUM

Karen was named Emerald Citizen of the Year in 2014 and last year was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for her long time contribution to the environment.  She started Johns Hills Landcare Group and is either a member or a co-founder of many other organisations associated with the Dandenong Ranges including the Cardinia Environment Coalition (CEC).

Karen was a founding member of the Wilderness Society in Victoria.   She has either worked for or been on the board of such organisations as the Greens, Australian Conservation Foundation, Bush Heritage Australia, Victorian National Parks Association, Farm Tree and Landcare Association and the United Nations Environment Program.

She and her partner David have 24 acres in Clematis that her grandfather cleared in the 1920s; over the last 30 years two-thirds has either regenerated or been revegetated and is about to be covenanted with the Trust for Nature.

Tracie Armstrong – Cardinia Shire Sustainability Officer

Title of her talk:

Tracie works in the Environment Department at the Shire with her main focus being sustainability, Integrated Water Management and Strategic Environmental Strategy.  Her prior work was as Environmental Project Manager for Monash University where in 2014 the projects she was responsible for won the Green Gown Awards, the Sir John Monash Leadership Award and were finalists for the Banksia Awards and Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria Sustainable Cities Award.   Tracie’s passion for sustainability is reflected in her personal life and her family has begun a journey to reduce their environmental impact by creating and living in a tiny home which they hope to take completely off-grid by the middle of the year.

Women in Conservation

The Committee of Management of the Cardinia Environment Coalition Inc Extends an invitation to women and men to a dinner to celebrate

“Cardinia Women in Conservation”

March 8th 2016 (International Women’s Day.)   RSVP with payment by 1 March.

Venue:   Pakenham and District Golf Club, Oaktree Drive Pakenham

Time:     6.00pm – 10.30pm   Tuesday March 8th. 2016     Entree served at 6.15pm


Three course dinner including entree, tea, coffee and water.  Drinks available to purchase from the Bar.

We are delighted to have several Cardinia women active in environmental work as guest speakers – each with a different story to tell.

Cost: $35 per person, to be paid in advance, by either cheque or EFT – please contact CEC

 Enquiries: click to email CEC or phone CEC office on 5941 8446 Tuesdays or Elizabeth Fraser phone 5942 7666

Bookings:   Please indicate your dietary requirements, name, contact phone, conservation group membership if applicable.   Groups may set up a display prior to the dinner … come at 5.30pm.   Please also indicate if you wish to do this.

This event is proudly supported by Cardinia Shire Council

It will be a wonderful opportunity to mix and mingle with other Cardinia conservationists.

The United Nations International Women’s Day theme 2016 is Pledge for Parity


The CEC has the AGM coming up on Wednesday 25th November at 7pm, at the CEC office 16 Purton Rd, Pakenham.

All members are welcome. Please click AGM Agenda 2015 for more details.

We are pleased to have as our guest speaker : John Waterhouse, Local Historian and author. John will speak on The Story of the Naval
Base Water Scheme and the Beaconsfield Reservoir Spotlight on Beaconsfield Reservoir and Reserve

It is also a fantastic opportunity for any CEC members to showcase their work and issues.

We hope to see you there!

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