Soon to be 30 years young!
FoBR was one of the early Friends groups to be formed and we will be
turning 30 on 9 October 2012 with celebrations planned for November.
We have had some wonderful people involved over the years and
amazing commitments to our park so we are hoping to get our History
completed by then too.
Have a great festive season and holiday period
All the best wishes! FoBR will be back with a full program beginning on Sunday 10 February 2013 - look forward to seeing you attend, join our great group and get involved.
FoBR celebrated our 30th Birthday celebrations
Everyone involved with our group over the past 30 years was invited to attend our celebrations on 10 November - and many attended. A great day was held and we will soon be adding more photos and information to the website.
Where is 2012 going, going?
now have a new FoBR executive and lots of plans for activities in the
next year. We would love to see more families and locals join us
so if you are unsure why not come along to one of our events and check
We are busy planning for our 30th birthday - hope to see all our earlier members and office bearers attend.
2012 - plenty to get involved in!
FoBR will have another busy year with ongoing programs like Waterwatch,
Grass Tree monitoring for Phytophthora (Cinnamon Fungus), mammal
monitoring as well as many planned improvements and maintenance
projects within the National Park. Friends can be involved to whatever
level they wish and we are all very appreciative of the many people who
contribute "behind the scenes".
FoBR Facebook Page
Check out and LIKE our FoBR Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/fobrnp.
It is great for posting any special sightings, posting comments or
identifications for photos of wildlife and plants.
2011 Brisbane Ranges Wildflower Show was a great success
see the Wildflower
Show pages for more details. Our next Wildflower Show is planned for October 2013.
New FoBR booklet - Plants and Wildlife of the Brisbane
Ranges Species List is now available as a pdf for free download. This great new booklet combines
the fauna and flora lists with a full bird list including "Chance of Sighting" in the Brisbane Ranges.
New FoBR Rules of Association (Constitution) approved at AGM FoBR
began in 1982 and was incorporated in December 1995. As many things had
changed in nearly 16 years it was time for an update of our rules! A
copy of the original rules and proposed changes were sent to members in
July 2011. A special resolution was passed at the AGM on 14 August to
approve the amended Rules/Constitution.
These rules have now been approved by Consumer Affairs Victoria with
addition of Rule 8 of the Model Rules regarding Disputes and Mediation.
This has now been added to the Rules document on this link.
New FoBR Executive Committee
We are excited to have a brand new committee
so please help us grow FoBR and get everyone involved. Following
the Wildflower Show this year, we will be celebrating our 30th birthday
in October 2012. An exciting time!
New Ranger in Charge
is now officially our Ranger in Charge. Peter Box has been
Acting for sometime and was officially appointed to the
ongoing role in May 2011. Congratulations Boxy! Check out his profile and stories in the June newsletter.
We have updated our website design and content so hopefully you will
find it easier to access information. Comments and
suggestions are most welcome please
For updates on any park closures particularly following heavy rains earlier this year check out the Parks Victoria website as many of the areas affected below are since opened -
Gorge Picnic Ground
Creek Picnic Ground
River Picnic Ground
Highway (between Marshalls Road and Thompsons Road)
Road (closed between Yankee Gully Rd and Banksia Track)
River Camp Ground
Mill Camp Ground
Stony Creek Reservoir
of service are BBQ
in Stony Creek picnic area and Bert Boardmans Recreation Reserve due to theft
and vandalism. A recently installed water tank at Stony Creek
picnic area has also been stolen. See our March newsletter
for more information.
The Brisbane Ranges National Park has grown significantly.
On Friday 20 August
2010 the Lower
Stony Creek Catchment/ Barwon Water land was officially
added to Brisbane Ranges National Park increasing the size of
park by about 1165 hectares.
Michael Crutchfield, Parliamentary Secretary for Water and Environment
and Member for South Barwon and senior representatives
Water, Parks Victoria and DSE were joined by many of our Friends - see
the September newsletter and the Park
all the history and details.
Australian Geographic Outdoor
just included a feature on Steiglitz Historic Park in September
to the website in 2010 -
The Wildflower Show held on Sunday 11 October 2009
was a great success!!
Weather was perfect and hundreds of visitors enjoyed the display, the
bus tours which were booked out weeks before and the practical
Brisbane Ranges National Park
in its Great Walks special in the May 2009 issue.
A history of the Brisbane Ranges National Park in Victoria's Heritage (.pdf).
Golden Plains Miner article
(.pdf) about the reopening of the Steiglitz Courthouse - July 2008
you see eartagged Koalas in the area of the Brisbane Ranges (see
page 2 of June 2009 newsletter) please
call Marilyn 5360 8262 - they are all bushfire survivors who have been
eartagged and released as part of a DSE research permit. They
were monitored by GPS for some months following release and we would love to hear how they are going if seen. f you have any suggestions.