On Tuesday, January 16, a celebration was held to mark the official handover of 6405ha of the former Alcoa lease into the Great Otway National Park.
ANGAIR has been protecting native vegetation around Anglesea and Aireys Inlet for almost 50 years and we were delighted at the government initiative to put the lease area into the national park so that it is secure and protected.
Margaret MacDonald gave a history of the Anglesea Heath Consultation Committee, which worked to protect the area for many years, and cut the ribbon.
The highlight of the afternoon was when a very large tiger snake came across the road and climbed into the top of the spare tyre cavity under a Parks vehicle!
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.