Monthly Archives: June 2013

National Tree Day in Mitchell 2013

2012 National Tree Day

Last year’s National Tree Day on the Say G’day trail

Mitchell Shire Council is supporting National Tree Day 2013 throughout the Shire and is encouraging volunteers to get involved.

This year, National Tree Day will be held on Sunday 28 July 2013. Council is fortunate to have the support of a grant through the 2 Million Trees Program from the Department of Sustainability and Environment. Coupled with Council’s contribution, this will be the biggest ever National Tree Day in Mitchell Shire.
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More info on Monument Hill bypass route please

Monument Hill, Kilmore

Monument Hill, Kilmore

BEAM is actively following the progress of the planned Wallan – Kilmore bypass, as one of the proposed routes will directly impact on Monument Hill. The Friends of Monument Hill (FOMH) group joined with BEAM in 2006 and we maintain a FOMH representative on the BEAM committee – currently David Atkinson. Vicroads recently provided further information on the three routes that will still be considered for this bypass.

Although some information about the environmental impacts (eg numbers of established trees to be removed) of each route was released, the full Environmental Impact reports are not yet available to the public. BEAM has contacted Vicroads asking, once again, for copies of these reports. When they’re available we will make further submissions to Vicroads.

UPDATE 25th July 2013: There was a notice in last Friday’s Free Press regarding the environment effects statement for the 3 proposed routes for the bypass.  Dept of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure is currently setting the scoping requirements.  Submissions can be made by 5pm, August 12.  Details are available here

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Events, Arts and Culture Survey

Mitchell Shire Council is preparing two strategies that focus on Arts and Culture, and Events.  These documents will help shape an exciting future for generations to come.  But we need your help to ensure that we create a vision and implement actions that are consistent with your views, ideas and thoughts.

Council is seeking a few minutes of your time to complete an online survey that shouldn’t take more than ten minutes to complete.  All responses are confidential.

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Members awarded for Hughes Creek signage

Anna Clabburn, Kunie Yoshimoto, Kai and Sen on the Hughes Creek Nature Trail

BEAM members Anna Clabburn, Kunie Yoshimoto, Kai and Sen on the Hughes Creek Nature Trail

BEAM members Anna Clabburn, Dylan Thornton and Richard Telford were recognised for their contribution in establishing the new signage for the Hughes Creek Nature Trail in Avenel at the Goulburn Broken Natural Resource Management Awards last week.

Avenel Primary School was awarded the Community Education Prize for the two signage boards at Stewart Park. The boards tell the history of the area along with the impacts of European settlement. Continue reading

Support for Wandong to Heathcote Rail Trail

Pyalong Trestle Bridge

The Pyalong Trestle Bridge lies on the proposed route for a Wandong-Heathcote Rail Trail. Source link.

BEAM life member Phil Bourne wrote this letter on behalf of the group in support of the proposed ‘Wandong to Heathcote Rail Trail’.

Friends of the Bendigo-Kilmore Rail Trail have a website that can fill you in on the details of the current O’Keefe Rail Trail and extension project.

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Slap Tomorrow – A Wake-Up Call

BEAM life member Lesley Dalziel was part local contingent gathered in Shepparton on the 6th of June for a forum titled Slap Tommorrow.

The event was organised by a group from Shepparton, Tatura and the surrounding area called Beneath the Wisteria to consider the public and individual response to climate change. The group is concerned about community health and how people at the extremes of age cope with increased temperatures. Lesley gives her thoughts on the event…

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A message from the BEAM president

Dear BEAMers,

The year is slipping by fast and it’s now only 2 months until our Annual General Meeting. This year 4 committee members will be stepping down (one has done so already), so we encourage all members to consider joining and helping the great work of BEAM continue. I will also be stepping down as president following my two year term, and won’t be present at the meeting, so Peter Lockyer- vice-president- will be Acting President and will give our annual report on the night.

This link provides a bit more information about how the BEAM committee works and what your involvement would entail. If you have any further questions please contact us. I also encourage you to check out our website and Facebook page – we are posting new information all the time and encourage you to post comments and questions and get involved.

Caro(line) Morris