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SRCMN recognized for achievements

Rod Taylor (DELWP), Michael Spencer (SRCMN Chair) and Bertram Lobert (SRCMN Coordinator)

Rod Taylor (DELWP), Michael Spencer (SRCMN Chair) and Bertram Lobert (SRCMN Coordinator)

At this year’s ‘Community Natural Resource Management Awards’ in the Goulburn Broken Catchment, our Network’s achievements were recognized. The SRCMN was awarded the Community Natural Resource Management Network Award for 2014-15.

In the last year-and-a-half our Network has conducted a number of diverse projects that, together, culminated in a significant achievement for the Network and it’s landholder community. Projects include:

  • Farm Wetlands for Woodlands
  • Wetlands and Woodlands & Carbon Landscapes
  • Nest Boxes for Wildlife
  • Mt Battery’s Striped Legless Lizards
  • Bush tucker field day
  • Landscape/geology discovery days
  • Strathbogie Butterfly Festival
  • Meet the neighbours
  • Walking tracks in the Ranges

Of course, these projects would have amounted to little if not for the collaboration of so many landholders and communities in and around the Strathbogies. The award recognizes the community effort that’s gone into all this work.

Well done to all!



Bert and Michael with the ‘transparent’ award.



Wild Strathbogie Art – Schools lead the way.

Kids love nature!

Kids love nature!

November 2014 will see the exhibition of local art and artists in Wild Strathbogie. The exhibition will show at several venues, but the main gallery space will be at SheilaInc Gallery in Euroa. Other possible exhibition spaces are the Euroa Library, the Ruffy General Store and a venue in Strathbogie. The art-works will also be exhibited in the public access areas of the Shepparton Art Museum.

One of the 5/6 students participating in the program coined the phrase ‘Wild Strathbogie’ in describing his drawing to Pauline Fraser, one of the program coordinators – the name stuck! .

The idea for this exhibition was hatched by two of the organisers of last year’s Butterfly Festival Art Show, Pauline Fraser and Penny Algar. That show was such a hit with the participating kids that Pauline and Penny were keen to extend the theme to include all of nature.

To assist with inspiration Dave Smith from DEPI in Benalla arranged the loan of a marvelous collection of mounted fauna specimens. Pauline has been working on the theme  with all grades for several months and it has been incredibly successful. The standard of work is very high.


The finished result is looking good.

When Penny visited the 2/3 class, there were children sketching in pencil directly from a stuffed platypus. There was a group making clay animals. Another group was printing Platypus inspired scenes from polystyrene printing plates. Others were doing paper mache life sized owls. Most of the display animals (lizards, possums, gliders etc) have gone back to DEPI, but there is still a beautiful owl in the classroom. As a show of appreciation. Dave, who has been very generous, was gifted a beautiful owl-print by the kids. The children have been incredibly careful and respectful around the collection.

The imagination is strong.


Not satisfied with putting this exciting exhibition together, Pauline and Penny are now looking for funds to produce a book of the children’s art-works, so they can be shared and be available to a wider audience. It’s a great idea, however, they’re still looking for funding.

Whether the book goes ahead or not, if these early indications are anything to go by, certainly the kids’ section of Wild Strathbogie will be amazing!

A Masterpiece!

Truly, a Masterpiece!

2013 Butterfly Festival – Euroa Arboretum

Angus & George proudly display their butterfly collection.

Saturday 24th Nov was the end of a great week! About 55 people gathered at the Euroa Arboretum for a morning of butterfly catching, face painting and art, a delicious BBQ and some fascinating ‘show and tell’ after lunch.

Plenty of kids and parents were on hand to catch butterflies for our makeshift butterfly house and Peter and Steve (our visiting moth experts) shared some more words of wisdom with us. Ben had some great displays and stories about butterfly-parasite relationships, whilst Janet shared with us her amazing collection of butterfly cards and other memorabilia. Bert showed the childhood butterfly and moth collections of local MP Bill Sykes and Cathy gave us all pointers about how to create a butterfly garden. Perhaps the stand-out show & tell came from George and Angus, accompanied by their Dad, Douglas, who showed us their superb collection of butterflies, collected both locally and from northern Australia. It was a great session! Read More

2012 Butterfly Festival – Violet Town Lepidoptera Extravaganza

A big audience enjoys the evening.

A big crowd turned out for a balmy evening in Violet Town two Fridays ago, 23.11.12. In fact, this penultimate event of the Strathbogie Ranges Butterfly Festival actually began earlier in the afternoon, with the Honeysuckle Recreational & Environment Precinct (HREP) hosting a visit by the Kindergarten children to the Honeysuckle creek, where they had the chance to explore and learn about the natural environment of the creek.

Next, HREP led a gardening project at the nearby Peranbin Primary School, where a butterfly garden was planted around an old River Red Gum stump.

The evening’s activities started with a dinner of home-baked pizzas from the Community Oven and then progressed to the main activities for the evening.

Once dark enough, renowned moth expert Peter Marriot (ably assisted by another ‘mothylated spirit’ Steve Williams) gave an introductory presentation on moths: exactly what is a ‘moth’, what is their relationship to butterflies and why are they important in the natural environment. Then, as the evening became dark enough, we all headed over to the playground area, which became the stage for the Violet Town Youth ‘Lepidoptera Performance’

VT Community House Coordinator, Helen Keighery, and local kids treated the audience to a beautiful performance about the trials and tribulations of being a butterfly, complete with jokes, wonderful choreographed performances by all the children and gorgeous colour. A delightful performance!

Those keen to hear more about moths then headed back to the Bowls Club wall for another dose of moth-ology. Eventually though, we all wanted to see the real thing, so we all headed down to the creek where Peter had set up a light and sheet to survey the local moth fauna. We all marveled at the sheer number of insects attracted to the light and then, once we got our eyes in, the diversity of insects as well.

You can read about the diversity of moths and other insects that were recorded on the evening on Strathbogie Ranges Nature View.

The afternoon and evening were a great success, with well over 80 people attending. Many thanks to Sue Paton/HREP, Helen Keighery/VT Community House and Violet Town Community Oven for collaborating so seamlessly to present the various activities. And special thanks to Peter Marriott and Steve Williams for opening a window onto the mysterious and fascinating world of moths.

Stone Tool Success at the Arboretum

The community Stone Artifacts Day held recently (30.6.12) at the Euroa Arboretum, was an outstanding success. Despite the cold, rainy weather, everyone that booked came, and then some more. In developing the idea for the day, we’d felt 20 to 30 people would be a good turnout. With a few less, we could have a nice, intimate campfire session, hear some local stories and collect a bit more information about indigenous artifacts, from local people.

To our amazement, about 70 people turned up on the day – from far and wide and all walks of like. It was a terrific gathering and starting off with a big bonfire and the BBQ cook-up was a brilliant and delicious way to get into the mood.

Once the workshop got underway there was plenty of interest shown in the large variety of stone artifacts brought forward. In all, eleven collections were brought along by landholders and shared with the workshop. Significantly, most of these were ‘new’ and hadn’t previously been formally recorded. All eleven landholders were happy for the Taungurung  Clans Aboriginal Corporation (TCAC) to follow up and formally document these collections. It may well be that these collections contribute to a better understanding of how Aboriginal people occupied and managed their land, before the European invasion.

A big THANK YOU goes to the TCAC for helping to make this day such a success. We all appreciated hearing the stories and perspective brought to the day by the various members of the Taungurung mob, particularly Rodney & Shane Monk who, during the workshop and before hand, have helped to make this an exciting and worthwhile project.  And local archaeologists Jo Bell and Francisco Almeida helped us all understand what we were looking at, as well as field numerous questions – thanks to both of you. The Strathbogie Ranges Conservation Management Network hopes to continue this exciting collaboration with the TCAC.

Links to previous posts:

Mt William Greenstone in the ‘Bogies

Connecting with our history

Stone tools keep cropping up

More stone artifacts – Strathbogie district

Aboriginal occupation in the Strathbogie Ranges

Gooram Stone Tools