Friends Of South Surrey Park News – April 2011

Next working bee - Sunday 1 May 2011, 10 am to midday

Bring family, friends and other willing workers

Help weed and tidy the creekline below Union Road

Wear sensible work clothes including sun hat, sturdy water-resistant footwear and workgloves, and bring a raincoat in case of forecast rain.

Stay afterwards for free drinks, bickies and a chat.


On the last Sunday in November last year, ten keen volunteers threw off their post election hangovers to brave a mild morning between forecast occasional showers.  Congratulations to keen Sunday toiler Rob Clark re-elected with an increased margin.

We mulched a new area to plant next year then collected several bags of weeds and litter from along the creek. That’s it for Sundays in 2010, but we’ll return on Sunday 1 May 2011, then the last Sunday monthly till November 2011.

A week later four of us enjoyed the annual City of Boroondara Parks & Gardens joint Advisory Committee & Friends Group's Christmas function. Long service awards went to Pam, Doug and the recently departed Frank Horwill.

Tuesday Toilers have also been busy over summer, removing vast quantities of weeds, spreading ute loads of mulch, collecting litter, pruning, and even planting about eighty seedlings. We’d hoped for a well deserved break, but the summer was so mild we were able to work right through.

This Sunday 1 May will be similar to last November, weeding and re-mulching the established plantations below Union Road. Please join us from 10 am, wearing suitable clothes including sturdy footwear, workgloves and sunhat, and bring a raincoat in case of forecast rain. Stay afterwards for free drinks and bickies.

AGM on Tuesday 10 May 2011 
Our 2011 AGM will be held on Tuesday 10 May (note one week earlier than previously advertised), at 7:30 pm, in the Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre Cottage. Use the membership form below to rejoin before the AGM, then the nomination form if you think you or someone you know has the right stuff to join the committee. Business to be transacted at the AGM includes accepting the minutes of the 2010 AGM, electing a new committee and appointing an auditor.

Guest speaker Rob Ingram from the Yarra River Keepers Association will discuss the history and current health of Melbourne’s iconic waterway, and staff from City of Boroondara Parks and Gardens and from Melbourne Water will discuss current and future plans for Back Creek and South Surrey Park. The next committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 24 May, details from any committee member listed below.

2011 Activities
We’ve recently received a $712 support grant from Melbourne Water which will help fund our activities this year.

The current draft Sunday plan for 2010 is:

  • 1 May = weed and mulch Union Rd bank and along creek, install new nest boxes
  • 29 May = weed and mulch area next to 5 Delta St
  • 26 June = weed and replant upstream of little bridge
  • 31 July = weed and plant below Delta Street
  • 7 August = National Tree Day, extend plantation below Scout Hall, free Council BBQ
  • 28 August = weed and plant below Delta Street
  • 25 September = Spring Planting Festival, extend plantations near Union Road
  • 30 October = Spring Wildflower Walk
  • 27 November = weed and mulch new area to plant 2012

Other events

On Thursday 19 May at 8 pm, the Australian Plant Society Waverley will hold its monthly meeting at Wadham House, 52 Wadham Parade, Mount Waverley, Melway 61 E 12. Guest speaker Graham Goods will discuss Flora of the Little Desert. More than 670 species of native plants have been recorded between the Wimmera River and the South Australian border, representing about one fifth of Victoria's indigenous flora. Free admission. More from Jenny Kelso, 9889 1195, or

On Friday 20 May at 8 pm, the Australian Plant Society Maroondah will hold its monthly meeting at Manchester Unity Hall, 8 Main Street, Blackburn, Melway 47 K 10. Guest speaker Professor Phil Keane will discuss Fungal diversity in Victoria. Admission $2 includes a raffle ticket and light supper.  More from, or President Graeme Nicholls on 9893 4422.

Planting your home garden with indigenous plants

Now is a good time to replant your home garden, with warm soil and ample moisture. A good source of locally indigenous plants is GreenLink Box Hill community nursery, 41 Wimmera Street, Box Hill North, Melway 47 E6.  Open every Tuesday morning, plus Saturday 21 May, 9 am – midday, selling a fantastic range of local plants, mostly under $2. More from or 0437 946 752.

About Friends of South Surrey Park
Work in South Surrey Park is brought to you through the efforts of the Friends of South Surrey Park, a voluntary group working with the local community, City of Boroondara and Melbourne Water.  For information about your local Park, contact any committee member. To receive up to date details of Park activities, or to receive this newsletter electronically, email or phone 9836 3329.


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