Newsletter June 2016


Greetings All,


I have had a couple of trips to Rockleigh recently. One was notable for the heavy fog which enveloped the area. It was quite eerie wandering about and not being able to see much further than about 50m. That visit was after the very windy Monday in May which resulted in the destruction of several large trees, mainly Callitris, including the old one by the creek that once hosted an eagle’s nest.

Apart from that the property is looking good with reshooting on eucalypts up to 4m high and lots of seedlings still trying to gain ascendency over their many neighbours. Bird life continues to abound with about 40 species noted including restless flycatchers.

Tree Planting

We will have a planting day on Sunday 3rd July. We will meet at 10am at the old campsite. If you can’t make it till later you will probably find us on the other side of the ford. Just keep following the track taking the left hand turn where there are options.

So if you perhaps need some fresh air after the voting  and are able to help please come prepared for whatever the weather may throw at us and if possible bring a mattock, heavy hoe or shovel and gloves if you need them. Between us, Bren and I should have sufficient water. Again, many thanks to our members who make the time to grow our plants and Bren for coordinating the program among his many other commitments.

If you have any queries please contact either Bren Lay on 0430 595 947 or myself on either 83707951 or 0404 038 852

I hope to see you there.


 It is that time of year when I need to remind us all that the annual call is now due. This enables us to pay the running costs of the Company and ensure we have a reserve for emergencies.


Recently, Marg Brown and I attended a “Celebration of BushBids” at Cambrai. It proved a very interesting day with several recipients of BushBids relating their stories on how the money had helped them in their conservation issues. Bushland, through the efforts of Bill Matheson, received a grant of about $4700 in 2006 which ran over 5 years and was used to help with pest problems on Rockleigh. A general question / answer session at the end showed how much people had enjoyed the expert help available as well as the money and how disappointed most were that the program is now in its final year. The morning tea and lunch supplied by the local “Hall” ladies was of course exceptional.

As a follow-up, Nicola Barnes, Senior Project Officer Ranges to River with the SA Murray-Darling Basin NRM, joined Marg and me at Rockleigh where she helped put up 10 very sturdy guards (which she supplied) over some young Casuarinas that the roos were eating. She also offered some good advice on ways to go about tackling the Veldt Grass problem and ways she can use funding to help us.

A Thank-you

Thanks to Bryn Troath, a long time member, who recently donated a 2 0litre backpack pressure sprayer for weed control. Unfortunately, there is much it could be used for!!