Welcome to Wombat Forestcare
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.
Make the Wombat Forest a State Park
Protect it forever
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.
You, Me & Biodiversity
Water Bug Talk
John Gooderham, co-author of "The Waterbug Book” will talk about freshwater macro invertebrates. Get up and personal with live bugs. A great event for children. Kindly sponsored by Waterwatch.
Hepburn Shire Council Elections
Wombat Forestcare has many concerns regarding the protection of biodiversity in the Hepburn Shire and asked to hear from all candidates regarding the following:
- What does the candidate consider important about native vegetation in the Hepburn Shire?
- Is the candidate aware of the legal obligations of the Shire regarding the protection of native vegetation and biodiversity?
- What is the candidate’s position on whether the Shire should employ a Natural Resource (Biodiversity) Officer? As it stands natural resource management is handled by a number of staff in the planning department.
- What is the candidate’s position on the development of a ‘Biodiversity Strategy’ for the Hepburn Shire?
- What does the candidate consider the Hepburn Shire should do to promote native vegetation protection and encourage ratepayers to plant local native vegetation?
Responses only received from:
September newsletter now available
The September newsletter now available. We hope you enjoy it. Thanks to all of the contributors for helping us put out such a wonderful publication.
Wombat Forestcare wins Victorian environment award
Angela Halpin (left) and Gayle Osborne (right) with Amanda Nuttall, President, Environment Victoria
Gayle Osborne and Wombat Forestcare Inc. received an award from Environment Victoria for their outstanding contribution to our environment.
“We’ve awarded Gayle Osborne and Wombat Forestcare Inc. for their years of thoughtful and dedicated advocacy for the flora and fauna of Wombat Forest, and for the recent mobilisation of community opposition to a proposed open-cut gold mine that would have seen parts of the forest bulldozed, and the potential pollution of local waterways,” said Environment Victoria CEO Mark Wakeham at the awards ceremony.
The 2015 Community Environment Recognition Award recipients are all leaders in their community, and have led gutsy and persistent grassroots campaigns to protect nature and stand up for the places they love, often with very limited resources.
Mining Licence approved for Shepherd's Flat in the Wombat State Forest
Despite strong community opposition, Sandy Mining Pty Ltd has been granted a 10-year mining licence, for 53.8 hectares, in the northern section of the Wombat State Forest.
Dozing female Powerful Owl with alert juvenile
(Photograph by Gayle Osborne)
Motion Camera Project
Wombat Forestcare would like to express its heartfelt appreciation to Hepburn Wind for a grant to purchase two motion-sensing cameras. We will now have 6 cameras (two from a previous Hepburn Wind grant in 2011) and this will mean that we can gather more information about fauna species and particularly threatened species.
Fuel Reduction Burns
Wombat Forestcare has many concerns about fuel reduction burns in the Wombat State Forest and Hepburn Regional Park. Bill Gammage in his book, The Greatest Estate on Earth, contends that Aboriginal people farmed the land with fire and this contention is used by many to support planned fuel reduction burns. Wombat Forestcare considers this simplistic and that many of these burns have a detrimental effect on flora, fauna and fungi, leading to the natural decaying processes to be destroyed and the landscape to become more fire prone.
More Mining for the Wombat Forest
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.
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.
Wombat Forest and Macedon Ranges Fungi Guide
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 $7- 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 email@example.com 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, 70 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
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
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:
Brush-tailed Phascogale, Phascogale tapoatafa
Exciting find in the Wombat Forest
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.
Conservation values of the Wombat Forest and Mount Macedon Landscape Zone
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.
Conservation values of the Mt Cole and Pyrenees landscape
Greater Glider (photo by Gayle Osborne)
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.