We were fortunate to have good weather for the formal opening of the indigenous plant propagation centre.
The Mayor, Cr Brian McKiterick, officially opened the centre by unveiling the sign.
Also attending were shire councillors Margot Smith, Libby Coker and Rose Hodge, council staff and representatives from Alcoa, environmental organisations, agencies and the community precinct.
The sign features grasstrees to reflect our original home at the McKellars’ property ‘Grasstrees’.
Where it all began: Bill and Jenny McKellar
Morning tea was enjoyed in the open space between the two ANGAIR facilities.
Inside the facility
The outdoor space, including the hothouse
To revegetate: Over the years many thousands of local native plants have been propagated, providing stock for major planting projects such as Painkalac Creek, Red Rock, Soapy Rocks, Point Roadknight and the Anglesea Primary School. All these projects help maintain the natural character of Anglesea and Aireys Inlet. We provide stock for new projects each year.
To educate: We share our seed collection, storage and propagation knowledge by providing educational activities for students (Gordon TAFE Conservation and Land Management) and Green Army participants. Several of these participants have decided on careers in natural resource management. All community members are welcome.
To raise community awareness: We support local residents and improve general environmental awareness by supplying indigenous plants at the Anglesea and Aireys Inlet markets, open days and the wildflower and art show each September. Our program of swapping a weed for an indigenous plant is another successful awareness program.
We are very happy with the new location and facility which provides much better exposure and access within the Angair and Anglesea community and raises the profile and appeal for this very important activity.
ANGAIR believes that this facility will assist the Surf Coast community in maintaining its unique ‘bush meets the sea’ character, provide educational opportunities for visitors and residents and, importantly, complement existing uses of the community precinct. We like to see ourselves as part of the social cement that binds our community together.
Freesia refracta and Freesia alba X F. leichtlinii are declared weeds in the Surf Coast Shire because they spread easily and threaten to invade bushland. Freesias are perennial herbs that die back in summer and produce new foliage in winter. The highly fragrant trumpet-shaped flowers appearing in spring are white to cream and pink with yellow markings, shaded purple on outer surface. Each plant has at least two corms, one below the other, thus requiring deep digging to remove them.
More details about how to control this weed can be found in the archive of Weeds of the Month.
There are a number of wonderful local Friends Groups that provide ANGAIR members and the community with opportunities for involvement.