StopPitt Annual General Meeting
The StopPitt AGM will be held on Saturday the 7th of October from 9am at 27 Batesleigh rd, Selby. The day will begin with a weed removal volunteer session, followed by a BBQ lunch and the AGM. We would love to se you there to hear some updates of what the StopPitt program has achieved over the past 12 months, what we have planned for the future and upcoming funding opportunities. Only members have voting rights at the AGM so we encourage everyone to sign up soon (see membership page). Please find attached the Agenda for the day.
Please get in contact if you have any questions and to notify us of any dietary requirements. Finally, it would be great if you could confirm your attendance prior to the day so we can coordinate catering requirements.
Our next Volunteer day will be held on Tuesday the 26th from 9am - 3pm at 13 Loch's Way, Belgrave South. We will be joined by a few members of the Monash Biological Society. Everyone is welcome and the weather looks as if it should be kind to us. Please make sure you wear suitable clothing for the day and bring along your lunch/snacks/drink. Please find attached the flyer with further details for the day. Please contact me via this email address or the phone number below to confirm your attendance.
As we approach the completion of our Round 2 project - it is worth reflecting on our most recent achievements. We have removed over 110,000 Sweet Pittosporums from the landscape ! We have collaborated with almost 100 landholders and 20 organisations, held a number of public events, dispersed some really valuable scientific research information and many other important outcomes - but above all - we have dramatically (but Strategically) improved the health and future prospects of our Eucalypt Woodlands.
We have received an indication from VicRoads that they will join our program in 2017-2018. Ben and Matt will meet with VicRoads and develop a plan to control Sweet Pittosporum on Wellington Road to compliment extensive works carried out in Round 2.
As of June 2017 we have also controlled another 20 weed species as part of our Pittosporum control works , with a dozen landholders also engaging contractors to do extra weed control compliment the funded component. A great result , considering the extensive cover of some of these weed species particularly Blackberry and Spanish Heath.
Our volunteer base is strong - with regulars Cathy, Rob, Iluka, Dan and Tom joined by CVA and Monash Uni teams and even other landholders. We would also like to thank and recognize the work of Sander, Roger, Nathan, Glenn, Darren, Gez, Duncan and Jay and their respective teams who have undertaken contract work on private and public land
Ben, Matt and the Committee have put together some funding applications to maintain the momentum into the next financial year, and it is possible this may come to fruition.
In the meantime - if you spot a seeding Pitto out there - deal with it please - or make sure somebody else is !!
"We will defeat them..... in the suburbs, on the farms and in the bushland"
Pittosporum invading backyard in suburban Upwey
Rob Ward and John Macdonald are committed to protecting bushland from pittosporum invasion
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Belgrave VIC 3160
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