Monthly Archives: August 2013

Local DEPI officer honoured in Landcare Awards

Brad CostinBrad Costin has received the Dr. Sidney Plowman Study and Travel Award for 2013. Brad has been a key figure in local efforts to protect farmlands and establish native vegetation across the Shire. He has worked with the Department of Environment and Primary Industries in Broadford for more than 14 years. Look at most revegetation sites and Brad will have had a hand in approaching and talking to the landholder, arranging funding, and helping with the actual planting work with Landcare groups. He has advised and supported many landholders in adopting practices that improve land health. He has made a significant mark on the landscape and on attitudes to land stewardship in Mitchell Shire. Congratulations

Trees in the Landscape – favorite tree photo competition

Tree Photo Competition
Photograph your favourite tree or views of trees in the living landscape. The photos will be displayed and judged and prizes given on Seymour Show Day in the Exhibition Centre. Your photo will be part of the interactive display at the Exhibition Centre at Seymour Show.

Seymour Agricultural and Pastoral SocietyMitchell Shire is rich in natural treasures such as the many bushland areas that provide vital environmental services as well as eternal discovery and enjoyment. The interactive display will include many groups interested in our environment – Landcare, Waterwatch, BEAM Mitchell Environment Group, Mitchell Shire, Department of Environment and Primary Industries and more.

The Seymour Show is on Saturday the 5th of October 2013 at Kings Park in Seymour. Click here for details.

For more information about the Competition download the flyer or keep reading.

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Where does Donna Petrovich stand on Cherry Tree?

BEAM president Richard Telford

BEAM president Richard Telford

Newly appointed president of BEAM Mitchell Environment Group, Richard Telford, states that the group has serious concerns about Donna Petrovich’s stance on issues such as climate change and renewable energy targets.

BEAM made several attempts to engage directly with Mrs Petrovich last year regarding her position on wind energy production in our region, she appeared reluctant to explain. Her office provided BEAM with a past press release from March 2012 in which Mrs Petrovich professes a passion for “nurturing alternative and sustainable energy industries”, yet then goes on to describe how she fully supports the restrictive planning policies of the Liberal government in Victoria. These are the same policies that have brought the wind energy industry almost to a halt right across the state, and that have impacted locally on the Cherry Tree Ranges project.

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2013 BEAM dinner and AGM report

BEAM AGM13 Committee

BEAM Committee for 2013/14 (l-r): Barb Moss (secretary), Marie Gerrard, Peter Hargen, David Atkinson (treasurer), Peter Lockyer (vice-president) and Richard Telford (president). Absent: Caro Morris (publicity officer), Jacqui Sims and Linda Kennedy

Saturday August 17 was the AGM for BEAM AGM held at Gavan Hall in Broadford.  It was a cool wintry evening.  Approximately 35 people attended and brought a delicious assortment of food that more than adequately covered a three-course meal for everyone.

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New BEAM Life Members – Barbara Moss and Peter Mitchell

BEAM AGM13 Life Members

Barbara Moss and Peter Mitchell receive Life Membership awards for their extraordinary contribution to BEAM over many years.

Life Membership awards were presented to Peter Mitchell and Barbara Moss at the 2013 AGM for their selfless hard work to the causes of BEAM, and to the betterment (and times just holding on to) our natural, social, energy and community-supportive environments in Mitchell Shire and beyond. WE acknowledge your great work.

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Leigh Ewbank’s presentations at our AGM

BEAM AGM13 L Ewbank pic5
Yes 2 Renewables‘ Leigh Ewbank (aka: The Vegemite Man) joined the BEAM AGM for a campaign update and presentation on the wind energy politics and policy in Victoria. After setting the scene on the state of renewable energy Ewbank identified Baillieu’s restrictive planning laws and the anti-wind farm scare campaign as the two main barriers to shifting from polluting fossil fuels to clean renewable energy sources.

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McEwen Candidates Forum – Seymour

The Seymour We Want is again hosting a Candidates Forum. Candidates for the Federal Seat Of McEwen will be in attendance. It is an opportunity for the community to hear and ask questions of those people who are seeking your vote in aspiring to be this electorate’s representative in Canberra. Candidates will have an opportunity to introduce themselves and say what they stand for before questions are invited from the floor. The forum will be strictly moderated for appropriate behaviour and questions. Refreshments and a chance to with talk the candidates will complete the evening.

Entry is free.
Wednesday 28th August
Location: Uniting Church Hall, Crawford Street, Seymour
Time: 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm
Download the 2013 Federal Election Forum Flyer.

See TSWW facebook page for extra information and updates. Gratefully supported by Seymour FM, Seymour Business and Tourism, Seymour U3A.

Melbourne’s Water Future – Your opportunity to comment

The state government has developed a draft consultation paper titled ‘Melbourne’s Water Future’. This is currently open for comment until September 18.

Please note that the southern part of Mitchell Shire is included in Melbourne Water and will be affected by this policy.

For more information on the consultation paper and to make a submission click here