Kitchen Garden In Woodside

Most people travelling to Woodside probably go straight to the white sandy beach there. But I found a special little kitchen garden at the local primary school in the Woodside Township which is really worth a visit.

The school has a variety of beautifully painted wall murals, potted plants, a traditional bell to summon the children back to class, a nice kid safe playground and old school buildings that must be close to being heritage listed.

Woodside itself is quite small and located in gently undulating farmland so the backdrop to this photo of just one of the kitchen garden plots, shows how open and free this space really is.

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Woodside Primary School has a delightful kitchen garden that is well worth a visit.

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Bridge At Pearl Park In Foster

Pearl Park is found at the northern end of Main Street in FOSTER and is known for its large shade trees, prominent statues and beautiful wooden bridge. This somewhat famous bridge over Stockyard Creek was the site used for filming of the Buddhist funeral in the ABC series Bed Of Roses and many locals excitedly became extras in the crowd for the day.

The park is cool in summer and the coloured leaves are stunning in Autumn, providing a lovely spot for a picnic, a stroll or to just stop and enjoy the peacefulness.

This picture shows what a pretty feature water lillies can be and the red railings add contrast to the lush green surroundings.

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The red railings on this pretty bridge in Foster provide a contrast to the lush green surroundings.

Land Care in South Gippsland

Land Care Groups are active in all areas of South Gippsland. Habitat needs to be created for our Native Wildlife, prevention of soil erosion, removing trees from paths after storms, clearing shrubs and removing excessive growth around homes and leaves in guttering prior to fire season, planting indigenous tree and flower species to enhance native bushland, preservation of habitat for our Australian Native Birds and many more activities are carried out by these committed community members.

For anyone who is interested in the protection of our native flora and fauna, please support them financially or find out what needs to be done in your own local town. Each area will have its own unique needs but the replanting of native species is an ongoing process. We all know the importance of leaving a legacy of hope for our future generations. Step lightly on our planet!

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charred grass trees and native shrubs after bush fire at Wilsons Prom

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massive amounts of soil erosion after 2011 floods at Wilsons Prom

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picture of rebuilt road after it was partially washed away on a steep hillside at Wilsons Prom

trees are left to fall on the waters edge providing habitat for fish, amphibians, birds and native wildlife

trees are left to fall on the waters edge providing habitat for fish, amphibians, birds and native wildlife

the South Gippsland Shire Council have erected bird hides in place like Toora boat ramp

Parks Victoria have erected bird hides in strategic place like Toora boat ramp

grasslands prevent soil erosion during high tides and flooding and provide excellent habitat too

grasslands prevent soil erosion during high tides and flooding and provide excellent habitat too

Baby Wombat Survives Fire

This baby wombat survived the severe bush fires at Darlimurla, Mirboo North and Boolarra South in South Gippsland in Feburary 2009 but its mother was found dead.

These pictures show the healthy baby surrounded by charred soil and blackened trees, the dead mother and the burrow that most likely provided enough shelter and saved its life.

I returned a few weeks later to find sprouted grasses and trees shooting which provided the native wildlife some much needed food. I was surprised at how fast the bush regenerated even though the temperatures during this fire storm were extreme. At my home in Foster on this day, we registered up to 47 degrees Celsius.

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baby wombat surrounded by blackened trees and charred earth

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recently dead, this mother wombat didn’t survive the bush fires

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wombat burrow provided safe haven during extreme bush fire storm conditions

Yarram Golf Club Green

I dropped in to the friendly Yarram Golf Club during the course of my work day and was enchanted by its atmosphere. Not being a golfer myself, I can only comment about the aesthetic appeal and the hospitality of the clubs committee members.

A couple of golf enthusiasts from Melbourne were saying that the greens were the best they had seen, and on a quick tour myself, even I was impressed. Yarram has suffered several years of low rainfall (some might even call it a drought), but the course was in immaculate condition.

The Club is really keen to have new people come along and they certainly provide an affordable membership and pleasant facilities. They can also cater for groups of almost any size, in a relaxed environment, where queues are a rarity.

Most days you’ll be able to see native Australian wildlife in the form of kangaroos, koalas and native bird species in this delightful, natural bushland setting. No wonder it was rated among the ten best golf courses in Australia.

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the lush golf greens at Yarram Golf club