Phillip Island,

Scenic Estate looking for friends

Bass Coast Shire Council is inviting community members to join the Friend of Scenic Estate Group, with a meeting to establish the Group being held on Tuesday, 1 September.

A gathering was held at the Conservation Reserve on Saturday, 8 August where discussions to form the Group began. There were, however, apologies from people expressing interest in being involved, but were unable to attend at the time.

“We undertook a site walk showing the work to date and had there was lots of good discussion both before, during and after the walk exchanging information and answering questions,” Council’s Manager Sustainable Environment, Deirdre Griepsma, said.

“Those who attended decided they would like a further get together to allow interested community members who were unable to attend on Saturday to be involved in the initial group formation discussion prior to any decisions being made.”

The new Friends of Group will help Council to manage the Conservation Reserve and be called upon to help set the annual works program.

This will include on-ground conservation works and minor infrastructure works, as well as activities such as tree planting, weeding, signage, path maintenance and seed collecting.

The group will formally meet four times per year at the site to plan and carry out works, as well as at other time decided on by the group

The next meeting to establish the Group will be on Tuesday 1 September 2015, 7pm – 8.30pm at the Cowes Cultural Centre to progress ideas and discussion.

For more information, please contact Council’s Environment Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.