Tuesday December 14
In the leadup to December's Council elections, we sought undertakings from candidates to do a better job protecting Rosedale's environment.
President David Boardman’s letter outlined our concerns about habitat destruction, tree felling, developments to the west, the roundabout and Saltwater Creek.
He received strong responses from Labor, the Greens and the Mayne team and promises of consultation. Councillor James Thomson referred to his five-year record and offered a chat, while we have as yet had no reply from Advance Eurobodalla.
Sunday 28 November
Our first walk through the dunes was fantastic! Our only purpose was to get to know our Rosedale dune plants. It's as simple as recognising the male and female beach spinifex or as complex as remembering Scaevola calendulacea - our special find in the foredune. It has two common names: the scented fan flower and dune fan flower. It’s the same family (Goodeniacae) as the flourishing fan flower in the carpark area.
Each time we do this we aim to build on what we already know (or do not know!). We’ll gradually compile a reference, with pictures, to be included on the website.
Next time: Sunday 23 January 2022
We are thrilled with some of the sand dune regrowth (see photo, right) and we're now trialling monthly environmental working bees, alternating between a Friday morning one month and a Sunday morning the next. Instead of always weeding and planting, in some months we would like to focus on other environmental issues, such as plant identification. We hope that working with someone who knows more than we do will help us learn together - and update our plant knowledge,' to do' lists and photos of what we have at Rosedale.
Meet at the carpark at 10:00 am
Friday 31 December 2021
Sunday 23 January 2022
Friday 25 February 2022
Sunday 27 March 2022
We will still hold the annual Easter Saturday working bee on 16 April 2022 .
Please join us! Any questions or suggestions: contact Katy Hamilton firstname.lastname@example.org.
27 October 2021
More activity on the dunes on another perfect Rosedale morning. This time we planted Ficinia nodosa (knotted club- rush) and Lomandra longifolia closer to the beach face. This is an area where we're trying to protect existing plants but also to build up the vegetation to discourage it being a path to the beach. In one and half hours we planted, watered and protected 57 plants.
13 October 2021
We’re lucky to have Di Clark, who formerly worked at the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden, to help us with our Sand Dune Project. She’ll be sharing her skills to boost our knowledge and supply of endemic plants.
Be part of a small group learning how to identify, name and propagate native plants.
Our first priority is revegetation of the dune between the central pathway to the beach and Knowlman Road. We want to protect what has grown since the fire and fill in the gaps with a variety of shrubs and grasses.
Di will be helping us learn what should be in the dunes and where they grow best - and how to rid them of weeds.
Contact Di Clark email@example.com if you are interested!
For more on the Environment Fund Sand Dune Project, click here.
25 September 2021
Our Zoom Workshop to kick off Rosedale's sand dune revegetation was a great success. Twenty-five people logged in to a fascinating presentation from coastal scientist Hannah Power - we learned a lot about vegetation, erosion, winds and climate change!
We're now working on an action plan. If you can help, please contact Katy Hamilton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to Eurobodalla Landcare's Emma Patyus for supplying the first plants.
1 September 2021
Who can forget our devastating New Year’s Eve bushfire in 2019?
Now’s the time to start preparing your property to ensure you and our community are safe.
Kelwyn White from the RFS made this new video for us - download it here.
For new documents on landscaping in a bushfire prone area, click here.
For more info go to Fire and Emergencies.
31 July 2021
Many, many thanks to all 21 people who threw themselves into today’s working bee.
They ranged in age from 10 to 87 - great to meet so many new people! After two hours of hard work, they’d shifted three piles of mulch and planted 80 natives.
A great job! Thanks to Jane Enright for organising and Emma Patyus from Council for our plants.
If you think you’ve seen a whale recently, then you probably have! There’ve been regular sightings of migrating whales over the last few weeks, with high numbers heading north to breed. A magnificent humpback on the right!
Always a thrill to see...
28 June 2021
The creek is still brown and muddy! Despite the developers’ extra measures to contain sediment runoff, after another heavy downpour it’s clear that the problem is by no means fixed.
We’ve notified Council that the extra measures are not working - and we’re meeting the Rosedale Farm developer this week.
Meanwhile David Boardman and Pete Ward are putting together our own monitoring plan.
14 May 2021
The creek is brown and muddy after silt runoff from developments to the west. The photo on the right (taken from the sewerage pump station across George Bass Drive) shows the silt laden runoff overflowing the silt barrier. Environmental controls are not working.
We first contacted Council on April 19 - they are monitoring water quality and preparing a report. Rangers have been out inspecting the creek and have advised that the developers are putting in secondary measures to minimise the risk in future. Meanwhile we are investigating doing our own monitoring, using our new Rosedale Environment Fund