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Talking Nature

30/03/2014 9:30 am
30/03/2014 4:30 pm
Australia/Victoria

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Our day begins with presentations and a panel discussion by three special guests skilled at sharing their love of nature.
After a catered lunch, full day participants will explore the basics of developing a talk that can entertain, inspire or activate an audience.

When: 30th March 2014 9.30am- 4.30pm
Where: Camberwell Library, 340 Camberwell Road, Camberwell

Bookings essential, places are limited.

Aboriginal Garden Tour

16/03/2014 9:45 am
Australia/Victoria

Join IFFA members for a guided tour of the Aboriginal garden at Monash University in Clayton. The garden was established by Dr. Beth Gott and is a fantastic display of over 150 plants with cultural significance to the Koori people of southern Australia.

Weakened Victorian Native Vegetation regulations - Urgent action needed!

Dear IFFA folk,

In 1988 IFFA played an important role in introducing statewide native vegetation retention regulations into planning schemes. Regulations in subsequent decades have attempted to address Victoria's woeful record of vegetation clearance.

DEPI have put together an amendment to change those regulations and these amendments to Native Vegetation Policy are due to pass through Parliament any day now.

IFFA committee members share the concerns of ecologists, scientific experts, industry groups and community-based environment groups who are alarmed about the implications of these amendments.

From the President February 2014

I regretfully set aside my natural tendency for optimism for this letter. In case you have not heard, in Victoria, biodiversity protection legislation is ‘critically endangered’.

New Flora of Melbourne at the printers

Marilyn Bull and George Stolfo excitedly confirm that the new Flora of Melbourne has finally been sent to the printer, and is due for release in July 2014.

The Trouble with Offsets

An excellent piece from the ABC on Background Briefing about offsets. You can read or listen at http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/backgroundbriefing/2014-03-...

Indigenous Nursery Network

Hello to all Indigenous Nurseries and Indigenous Nursery lovers!

I've been recently appointed the Indigenous Nursery Liason Officer. I am extremely passionate about the work that indigenous nurseries do, propagating hundreds of species of plants from material collected in the wild. Our work is integral to the work carried out across the country to preserve and enhance our native habitat.

December 2013 Indigenotes

Green tape, floral symphonies and bubs in the bush. This and more in this issue of Indigenotes.

Bee Surveys

Assist with visual observations of bees on target flowering plants, surrounding floral abundance surveys and setting up insect traps

Time: 
Over 2 weeks in January, between the hours of 9am - 3.30pm on days when the weather is 20 degrees and above
Requirements: 
Interest in bees and willingness to do some voluntary work
Location: 
Various green spaces (golf courses, residential gardens and heathland reserves) in South-Eastern Melbourne (Clayton-Frankston)
Contact: 

Jess Baumann baumannj@student.unimelb.edu.au 0408 244 284

How would our industry cope with a pesticide ban?

France moves towards pesticide bans in public open spaces.

On the 19th of November 2013, the French senate adopted an amendment (192 in favour and 4 against at first reading) that would see the end of the use of phytosanitary products for weed or plant disease control in public spaces by 2020. Public spaces include areas open to the public in National Parks. By 2022, private individuals will not be able to buy or possess these same products.

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