Thursday, 11 February 2016



Just a quick update... Our cockatiel was found on Monday by someone who was out for a stroll, several blocks from where she went missing. She's now safely home. What a great community this is. Thank you! X 



A Merri Magical Morning
Join the early birds of Merri Park at a fun family event on:
Sunday 21 February, 10.30 am-12.30 pm
Merri Park off Winifred St, Northcote (follow the flags). Melways 30 C8
Celebrate the end of the three-year Sumner Loving project with: a Wurundjeri Welcome, Djirri djirri Dancers, walk-with butterflies, Merri Discovery Tours, twine toys from local grasses, see the new signage, water quality activity, skin art, morning tea & coffee van.
This event follows on from the Friends of Merri Creek Birdwatch 8.45-10.30 am, which starts end of Victoria St, E. Brunswick. Phone Ann on 0429 386 102.
For more information contact Merri Creek Management Committee on or 9380 8199. This event is funded by the State Government’s Communities for Nature program
We would appreciate it if you are able to put up the linked poster where interested people might see it:

Talk: Pollen Pathways
Tuesday, 23 February, 6:30-7.30pm
Fawkner Library, 77 Jukes Rd Fawkner
Did you know that endangered plants grow along the Merri Creek in Fawkner and Reservoir? Or that a rare Merri Creek lily’s sex life relies on a bee with a pitch perfect hum? Or that helping rare plants in a local parkland could help you grow better tomatoes? Learn about these fascinating facts and more in a presentation by Brian Bainbridge, MCMC’s Ecological Planner.
Register on line: or by phone: 9355 4200.

Shining a light on Lacewings
Presentation by Ken Harris
Lower Merri Room at CERES,
corner of Stewart & Roberts Streets, East Brunswick
Wednesday 24 February, 7.30pm
Active naturalist, Ken Harris is close to completing a book on the Lacewings of Victoria that shows 111 species of Neuroptera in 14 families. Please book with Ray by 17/2/16 at or phone 0422 989 166.
We would appreciate it if you are able to put up the linked poster where interested people might see it:

Book Bugs


 Ladybug/ladybird/lady beetle BOOK BUGS Bug
                  For preschoolers

Come along and enjoy a variety of beautiful books with your preschoolers! We will explore, read and create artworks using recycled and everyday materials inspired by amazing books. We may even have a little dance and sing! It's very relaxed Smiling face with smiling eyes

WHEN: Thursday's 11am
WHERE: Newlands Community Centre
COST: $3!!!

My name is Kate and I'm running this session to encourage a love of learning and creating in our kids. I'm currently on family leave from primary school teaching. Hope to see you there!

Recommendation Sought


Dear Newlands Community people,

I am wondering if you can give me some leads.

I am planning a birthday celebration for early March and wondered if you have any suggestions for a venue on the north side of town to accommodate 40-50 people.

I would like the space to have some character and be available until late or early hours of next morning.

I may provide the catering separately however still exploring options. I would prefer to keep venue hire to minimum and spend more on catering.

I would also like access to either a sound system for music and/or a DJ. Do you know of a great local DJ too?

Much appreciate any suggestions or leads that you can give.

Thanks and regards
Susan      0401 617 906




Wondering if anyone has balls of wool they no longer need?
I am teaching young people in an alternative education setting and we are going to do a big hands on knitting/finger knitting/crochet kind of project...any colours, amount etc gratefully  accepted!!
0415 675 585
Also, does anyone have an old copy of Looking for Alibrandi that I could have?
I have a student that I think would love it but I'm not sure if I can guarantee it's safe return....
(I had a copy but can't find it anywhere....)
Thanks again.
0415 675 585



Community Events


Fabulous Free Forest Events at the Sustainable Living Festival this weekend

Newlands locals interested in our water catchment and local forests, including those who came to Tall Trees to Our Taps tour or the Possum Evening, might be interested in three special events at the Sustainable Living Festival in Melbourne

The Possum & The Park - The park that could save the possum  
Friday 12 February 3-4pm  Under the Gum Birrarung Marr
A fascinating illustrated presentation by the wonderful Steve Meacher on the story of the critically endangered Leadbeater’s Possum, Victoria’s marsupial emblem

The Great Forest National Park
Saturday 13 February 12-1pm: Trades  Hall
(Part of the Environmental Justice Workshop)
Ben Campbell (The Wilderness Society) & Lisa de Kleyn
Organised by the Australian Eenvironmental Justice research team, RMIT University and Friends of the Earth, this workshop aims to share case study data with others for campaigning, advocacy, education and conflict resolution.

Breakthrough for our Forest - Creating The Great Forest National Park before it's too late
Sunday 14 February 12 - 1 pm The Greenhouse Birrarung

Victoria’s Montane Ash forests play host to the tallest flowering plants on earth. They are the most carbon dense and house some of Australia’s rarest animals. The catchments and rivers supply Melbourne all of its water. It is for these reasons we call them ‘great’. Laureate Professor David Lindenmayer, AO, has worked in these forests for three decades and warns that we risk losing this rich asset if we don’t act to save it.