Welcome to Wombat Forestcare

Immature Scarlet Robin

Immature Scarlet Robin, Petroica boodang
(photograph by Gayle Osborne)

Wombat Forestcare is a community group dedicated to protecting and enhancing the natural ecosystems of the Wombat Forest and surrounding areas.

The Wombat Forest contains a diverse range of native plants and animals, including a number that are listed as rare or threatened, such as Powerful Owl and the Wombat Bush Pea. As well as these natural values, the Wombat is a significant water catchment area, giving rise to six rivers.

Wombat Forestcare engages in a range of activities. These have a strong focus on community involvement and education, and include undertaking flora and fauna surveys, forest regeneration, and seed collection days. We also enjoy the social aspect of a forest group, with picnics and bushwalks for people who love being in the bush.

News

Failure of Labor and Liberal to commit to the protection of the Wombat Forest

(Added: 2014-11-21)

Wombat Forestcare asked the local candidates for Macedon about key policies that will impact upon our natural environment and sustainability within the Macedon region.

Our questionnaire included "Do you support an independent Victorian Environmental Assessment Council investigation into the Wombat State Forest?"

The Liberal candidate, Donna Petrovich did not respond to the questionnaire. The Labor candidate, Mary-Anne Thomas responded but failed to answer this question. The Greens candidate, Neil Barker stated "we definitely would support an independent assessment if the objectives were to ensure protection and sustainable management of the existing ecosystems."

Wombat Forestcare is a non-party aligned organisation. Wombat Forestcare supports policy that will deliver protection for the Wombat State Forest.

Policy questions from Wombat Forestcare to all candidates in the Macedon electorate

Neil Barker - Greens Candidate for Macedon

Mary-Anne Thomas - Labor candidate for Macedon

Spargo Creek proposed mine site

(Added: 2014-10-25)

Wombat Forestcare invite you to an event at the proposed mine site in the Wombat State Forest on Saturday 22 November from 12 Noon.

Follow the signs from the old Spargo Creek Hotel on the Daylesford-Ballan Road.

Please bring a picnic lunch. Tea and coffee provided. We will conduct a flora walk.

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September newsletter now available

(Added: 2014-09-15)

The September newsletter is now available. Thanks to all of the contributors for helping us put out such a wonderful publication.

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More Mining for the Wombat Forest

(Added: 2014-06-16)

Another mining licence (MIN5460) was approved on 3 May 2014 for the Wombat State Forest covering 37 hectares near Spargo Creek. The proposed work program includes hard rock open cut and underground mining and bulk sampling.

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Application for Mining Licence at Shepherd's Flat in the Wombat Forest

(Added: 2014-01-22)

Sandy Mining Pty Ltd have applied for a 53.8 hectare mining licence in the northern section of the Wombat State Forest. Wombat Forestcare is objecting to the granting of this licence.

See Advocate article

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Planned Burns

Fungi Guide cover

(Added: 2013-10-08)

Throughout the state of Victoria extensive planned burns are being carried out on public land by the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) in an attempt to fulfil the annual target of burning 5% of public land every year. The environmental impacts of this target are being ignored.

In addition to the excessive burning of public land, large hollow bearing trees which are on the boundaries of these burns are being bulldozed. This is happening statewide and at a disastrous scale.

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Wombat Forest and Macedon Ranges Fungi Guide

(Added: 2013-03-18)

The Wombat Forest is a hotspot for the diversity of fungi. Hundreds of species have been documented from the familiar mushroom to the more bizarre forms of those shaped like corals, cups, clubs, jellies, lattice balls and even starfish!

Wombat Forestcare is promoting the importance of this group of organisms through a new guide – ‘Fungi of the Wombat Forest and Macedon Ranges’. The guide has colour photographs of 108 of the more familiar local species as well as information about identification.

To obtain a copy of the guide either send a cheque for $6.70 to Wombat Forestcare, 715 Little Hampton Road, Glenlyon, 3461 or pay this amount into our bank account Wombat Forestcare Inc, Bendigo Bank, Account no 149488678, BSB 633 108 and email info@wombatforestcare.org.au to say you have done this. Please do not forget to include your postal details.

Fungi Guides are on sale at

  • Paradise Book Shop, 46 Vincent Street, Daylesford
  • Daylesford Visitor Information Centre, 98 Vincent Street, Daylesford
  • Trentham Newsagency, 41 High Street, Trentham
  • Trentham Visitor Information Centre, Victoria Street, Trentham
  • Aesop's Attic Bookshop, 24A High Street, Kyneton

Visit our fungi page for great images of 102 Fungal Species of the Wombat Forest.

Picnic/Walk to the Mining site in the Wombat Forest

(Added: 2012-09-10)

Thanks to Anthony Petrucci for this video of the day.

A report by the Victorian Auditor General’s Office shows that DSE & DPI fail in their protection of the environment

(Added: 2012-11-01)

The report tabled on 24 October 2012 examines the Effectiveness of Compliance Activities by the Departments of Primary Industries and Sustainability and Environment.

This audit examined the effectiveness and efficiency of the Departments of Primary Industries (DPI) and Sustainability and Environment’s (DSE) compliance activities under environment, natural resources and primary industries legislation. Neither DPI nor DSE comprehensively manage, monitor or report on compliance. As a consequence, they cannot be sure that their compliance activities contribute to protecting natural resources, primary industries and the environment as the legislation intended.

David Stephens from Wombat Forestcare has prepared a Media Release - The rule of law in country Victoria is in crisis.

Link to audit summary and full report:
http://www.audit.vic.gov.au/reports_and_publications/latest_reports/2012-13/20121024-Compliance-DPI-DSE.aspx

Night camera photo

Brush-tailed Phascogale, Phascogale tapoatafa

Exciting find in the Wombat Forest

(Added: 2012-05-10)

A beautiful site in the Wombat State Forest, east of Trentham and just north of the Lerderderg State Park has rewarded our motion-sensing camera team with two special sightings. Amongst the silver banksias, banksia marginata, creeping grevillea, grevillea repens and peppermints, eucalyptus radiata we have recorded two exciting species.

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Conservation values of the Wombat Forest and Mount Macedon Landscape Zone

(Added: 2011-08-18)

Wombat Forestcare has received funding through The Wilderness Society’s WildCountry Small Grants Program to undertake an assessment of the conservation values of the Wombat Forest and Mount Macedon Landscape Zone.

A draft report has been prepared by Murray Ralph and we are seeking comment and any additional information about species, vegetation and ecological processes which may not have been included.

We would appreciate any comments emailed to Wombat Forestcare by Friday 16 September 2011.

Read the draft report

Appendix 2

Conservation values of the Mt Cole and Pyrenees landscape

Greater Glider

Greater Glider (photo by Esther Beaton)

(Added: 2010-10-16)

Wombat Forestcare in conjunction with the Wilderness Society, Ballarat Environment Network and Bendigo District Environment Council have released a report ‘that investigates the natural heritage values of the Mount Cole and Pyrenees Range in Victoria’s central-west, and assesses current threats to the area’s wildlife and habitats.

The report was funded by the WildCountry Small Grants Program.

Read the report

Make the Wombat Forest a State Park

Protect it forever

(Added: 2010-10-14)

The Wombat State Forest forms a significant part of the only largely intact native vegetation in the central Victorian region and is home to many important flora and fauna species.

The Greater Glider is the largest of the gliding possums. This beautiful, furry creature ranges in colour from brown to grey to cream, pale underneath with a short snout and large ears. The Wombat State Forest is the western extremity of the Greater Glider’s range in Victoria.

Wombat Forestcare is requesting that the State Government initiate a process for the management of the Wombat State Forest that encompasses a mixture of State Park and Community Forest Reserve.

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