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

Stop Gold Mining in the Wombat Forest

(Added: 2014-03-26)

Family Day Fundraiser at Shepherds Flat on Sunday 6 April

You are invited to support the Shepherds Flat Community Action against an application for a 55 hectare mining licence in the Wombat State Forest near Shepherds Flat.

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You, Me Biodiversity

You, Me & Biodiversity

(Added: 2014-03-24)

Dr Bronwyn Isaac will present Powerful Owls: From the forests to the suburbs at the Trentham Neighbourhood Centre - Saturday 14th June, 1 - 3pm.

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March newsletter now available

(Added: 2014-03-02)

Be sure to read our March Newsletter. Many thanks to all of the contributors.

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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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VNPA "Caught on Camera" Project

(Added: 2013-10-31)

The VNPA have released a free download of a Mammal Guide to the Wombat Forest, based on the motion camera images from the project carried out in the Wombat Forest.

Download the guide

Caught on Camera project continues again this year - join the VNPA & Wombat Forestcare on 15 March 2014 for a Community Day

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Wombat Forestcare Inc goes to VCAT on Gold Mining in Wombat Forest

(Added: 2013-10-08)

On Wednesday 25 September 2013 an application was filed in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) to seek a declaration from VCAT that the gold mining activities under Mining of Licence No. 5349 in Wombat Forest require a planning permit.

Wombat Forestcare Inc will be represented by the Environment Defenders Office and if successful in court, the planned activities will be unable to proceed without a planning permit.

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Planned Burns

(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

Fungi Guide cover

(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 $6.60 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.

Water Agency decision on Wombat Forest Mine

(Added: 2013-01-11)

Wombat Forestcare welcomes the decision by Melbourne Water to require the licence holder to apply for a works licence or permit before commencing work on the proposed South Bullarto Mine.

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Approved Work Plan for Bullarto South Mine Inadequate

A copy of the approved Work Plan for MIN5349 was received by Wombat Forestcare in August 2012 and fails to address concerns regarding the protection of waterways and biodiversity.

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

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

Picnic/Walk to the Mining site in the Wombat Forest

(Added: 2012-09-10)

Thanks to Anthony Petrucci for this video of the day.

Cider House Band

Cider House Band

FUNdraiser for Wombat Forestcare a great success

(Added: 2012-08-30)

On Sunday 26 August the Hepburn Palais rocked to great bands in aid of the Wombat Forestcare campaign to halt mining in the Wombat State Forest. Over 200 locals and visitors came with children of all ages to attend this fun family event.

Nel Staite and her brilliant team organised the day which included six bands and musicians and activities for children.

Over $1200 was raised and we send our appreciation to the Palais, all the musicians and everyone involved in making the FUNdraiser so successful. The community support has been over-whelming with so many people contributing that we cannot list them all.

Thanks also to all those who so generously donated.

Hush hush gold rush for Wombat Forest

(Added: 2012-08-10)

Wombat Forestcare has discovered that in the last three months the Department of Primary Industry (DPI) has secretly approved plans for a total of three gold mines in and around the Wombat Forest, a fourth gold mine was approved last year, and a fifth gold mine was given authority to commence in 1998 but has not yet started.

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Shock as Open cut Gold Mine Secretively Approved for Wombat Forest

(Added: 2012-07-16)

A large gold mining operation has secretively been given the go ahead in the Wombat State Forest; 2km south of the Bullarto township, in the headwaters of the Heritage listed Lerderderg River.

Here are some things that you can do that will make a difference.

You may also find what you want on the Maps and Resources page.

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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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