Friends of Mount Gambier Area Parks







This group looks after a number of parks in the Mount Gambier area. Usually we have our working bees on the first Saturday of every month. The Cape Banks project is scheduled during the week to avoid most visitors.

Please call Kevin 0447 792 601 about the day before to check on times and venues.

24 September 2022 (This is October's working bee scheduled early to avoid the Labour Day weekend.) We will meet at Penambol Conservation Park to check on recent plantings in July and to clear the tracks from recent winds and possible hail.

3 September 2022 (Saturday) We met at Gower Conservation Park and with about 8 volunteers, cleared more sallow wattles and wilding pines. We also saw one African box thorn and need to watch for a possible infestation. We welcomed a new member, Catriona.

4 July 2022 (Sat) We met at Penambol CP for planting with the largest group yet! Five areas had already been staked out and so we cleared, dug holes, planted about 350 natives, placed tree guards and mulched - and had lunch! We will check on them during subsequent months.

11 May 2022 (Wed) Four members and one Millicent Field Naturalist member attended the Chainsaw Safety Training Day with Andy Cusack from Cusack Training and Safety Solutions.

7 May 2022 (Sat) We met at Penambol CP and prepared the planting area and spot spray sallow wattles.

27 April 2022 We met at Pick Swamp to assess previous revegetation efforts and select new planting areas with Claire Harding and Peter Feast. Members of Port MacDonnell Landcare group are grant partners. Pick Swamp restoration property (200 ha) was added to the Piccaninnie Ponds Conservation Park in 2009.

12 April 2022 (Sat) We worked on the Butterfly Walk at Penambol CP to remove coastal and sallow wattle, particularly in areas that will be re-planted in June. Claire Harding was successful in applying for a grant to re-vegetate Pick Swamp in conjunction with FOMGAP and Port Mac Landcare Group.

6 March 2022 The Douglas Point working bee coincided with Clean Up Australia Day.

13 February 2022 (Sunday) AGM, 7PM 11 Helen Street. Enter from the rear car park. Please come and add your suggestions.

The following are the parks that this group has some responsibility for:

  • Calectasia Conservation Park
  • Carpenter Rocks CP
  • Dingley Dell CP
  • Douglas Point CP
  • Ewens Ponds CP
  • Gower CP
  • Lower Glenelg CP
  • Penambol CP
  • Piccaninnie Ponds CP
  • Piccaninnie Swamp
  • Pick Swamp
  • Tantanoola Caves
  • Telford Scrub CP

We have also won a grant for 6 working bees to remove coastal and sallow wattle and plant butterfly-friendly vegetation at Penambol CP.

6 November 2021 (Saturday) Our working bee is at Penambol CP, maintaining the track that we didn't get to last month.

2 October 2021 (Saturday) A couple teams were removing wilding pines on the track at Penambol CP and another removed South African Weed Orchid from the Butterfly Walk.

4 September 2021 (Saturday) We worked at Penambol CP maintaining the track and removing sallow wattles - easy to spot while in blossom.

15-16 September 2021 (Wed and Thurs) These days were spent finishing up the Cape Banks Lighthouse steps. They are being used and are standing up to languishing seals and high tides. Well done, crew!

7 August 2021 (Saturday) There were 10 volunteers today. We went to Gower Conservation Park and cleaned up many of the younger sallow wattle and pine trees. After lunch 5 of us walked down the "corridor" adjacent to Gower and checked out the plantings that had been done 1.5 - 2 years ago (not very many dead or missing plantings) and took out young pines. There were not so many sallow wattles here. All up we probably put in about 35 person hours.

6 July 2021 (Tuesday) - The normal Saturday working bee was delayed due to bad weather but we ended up continuing the work at Penambol CP - cutting down pines. At least one member of the team with chainsaws either cut down or ringbarked 43 pines by lunchtime. After lunch we started cutting down coastal wattles close to the entrance of the Butterfly Walk for about 200 metres. All up we spent about 17 person-hours.

5 June 2021 (Saturday) we went to Penambol CP and tried to pinpoint the exact location of some large wilding pines. Many were found but a lot are still standing. It started to rain at lunchtime. It was also noted how pervasive the sallow and coastal wattles are. This must be the focus of future working bees.

1 May 2021 (Saturday) the working bee was at Carpenter Rocks Conservation Park (for those who aren't tired out from building steps at Cape Banks Lighthouse). We met at the telephone exchange on Pelican Point Road at 9.30AM and cleared the track. We also went back to Cape Banks Lighthouse and measured for an observation deck.

The Cape Banks Lighthouse working bee was from Tuesday 27 through Thursday 29 April 2021. The steps look great and they are sturdy. After this week they should be ready to try out!

13 March 2021 (Saturday) at Penambol Conservation Park was cancelled.

14 January 2021 (Thurs) at Pick Swamp, west of Piccaninnie Ponds, we cut more stringy bark for the steps at Cape Banks Lighthouse.

We celebrated 25 years of membership on 15 November at Telford Scrub Conservation Park. See the photos below.

7 November 2020 (Sat) at Cape Douglas for the Bristlebird count at 7AM at the car park and beach clean-up at 9.30 AM.

6 October 2020 we continued to lay the steps with the help of members of The Junction.

28 September 2020 we met at the Cape Banks Lighthouse at 9.00 and started installing the steps.

8 September 2020 some hardwood timber at Pick Swamp was cut up to use for risers for the steps at Cape Banks Lighthouse.

5 September 2020 - Penambol CP where the group cut down wilding pines.

1 August 2020 at Penambol CP.  The group split in two with one party removing South African Weed Orchid from the Butterfly Walk.  The other party head to the southern boundary to undertake pine tree removal.  Thankfully the large ones had already been felled but there were plenty of smaller ones to be felled or ringbarked.  As usual a number of small pines were seen lurking along the north boundary so these were summarily dealt with.


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