2010 to today

(Update 23/9/2021)

July 2012 Buninyong ps.

Buninyong school visit July 2012

Click here for calendar of coming events and photos of some past events.

2021 below

14/9 Pemberton fence Lesley's Track

13/9 Mount electric fence against wallabies in school plantation

12/9 Work Bee plant school plantation

7/8/21 SW Vermin spot spray weeds

7/5 Helicopter spray weeds

7/5 Geelong College visit

3/5 Ballarat Catholic College visit

30/4 SW Health safari lunch

29/4 MG Club lunch, TfN talk with Max Kerr

17/3 Copperfield College visit

5/2 GORRT film crew visit

2020 below

25/9/20 Snowing! About 20mm over 1 hour 10.30 to 11.30am

27/8/20 Shire works crew cleared the rail trail trees.

24/8/20 Shire works crew planted Heards Rd sheoak and bursaria 3 days.

16/7/20 Spray glyphosate strips for planting sheoak and bursaria on Heards Rd.

7/7/20 Install security camera to overlook Visitor Centre.

1/7/20 Install counters on walking gateways at highway and Centre.

25/6/20 D.Marriner plan a walk track to top gate.

17/5/20 COVID-19 Open walking track. Not open the Centre.

14/5 spray paterson curse 1.8lit MCPA 750, 15gm metsulfuron,wetter, 50lit water

18/3 Closed due to COVID-19

2019 below

22/11 A group booking

2/11 CAE lunch and talk

17/10 Lismore and derri primary school ramble

11/10 Mercy College

1/10 spray paterson curse

10/9 plant sheoaks (Friends of Forgotten Woodlands)

10,17,22/8 plant banksias

July NAIDOC week event

12,13/6 BRICS group training

24/5 Geelong College

21/5 Derri cross country

10/5 maroona primary school

3/5 Buninyong primary school

29/4 Youth Council

26/3 Walking club

22/3 U3A Ararat

22/3 escape stubble burn fire

22/2 CWA Region

13/2 Derri Cross Country

15/1 Snake Valley group (Westar?)

2018 below

19/12 South West Health meeting

5/12 Shire food handling check

4/12 Derri Lismore kindergarden

27/11 Homeschool group

18/11 U3A Nunawadding

12,13/10 Waking the Giants Event

8/10 Warrnambool Elderly Cits

30/9 Working bee to prepare for Waking the Giants.

17/9 James Buchholz install carpark floodlights and toilet sensors.

17/9 CPL install toilet vents.

17/9 Banquet chairs delivered.

13/9 Colac activity group for morning tea,

12/9? Gary Poole install picture rails.

6 to 10/9 Plant 70 Banksia project trees by top gate and enclosures.

3/9 Lismore and Derri schools plant trees in old school plantation

16/7 Derri College interviews

11/7 County Helicopters spray patersons curse and heliootrope.

24/6 Banksia project launch

23/6 Dry Stone Wall Assn AGM, lunch

13/6 james Wale agriculture meeting

28/5 terang Elderly Citizens

27/5 Ballarat Art gallery Von Guerard tour

27/5 Lions Zone meeting

25/5 Geelong College yr 8 geography

23/5 Niree Bingham visit

21/5 Camperdown Elderly citizens

29/4 Ballarat Art gallery Von Guerard tour

20/4 Buninyong Primary School

14/4 Mike Smith visit

4/4 Portland Probus

25/3 Ballarat Art gallery Von Guerard tour

19/3 Copperfield College geology visit

13/3 Probus Ross Whitefield

19/2 Garden club visit

14/2 Portland Probus

12/2 Skipton Senior Citizens

11/2 Camperdown wine and cheese day

26/1 Rotary Ballarat visit

2018 above

2017 below

20/12 DELWP regional forum

16/12 SW Health breakup

15/12 Shire Flood committee meeting

7/12 RSL tea

28/11 Lions dinner

16/11 GORT "I am Volcanic Lakes and Plains" launch. Lauren 100

16/11 Pajero 4WD club 15

15/11 U3A lunch and talk. Lauren 50

12/11 Working Bee 6

4/11/17 GMcG Warriors Friends 26

23/10/17 GMcG Northern Rivers Bushwalkers 26

15/10/17 GMcG International Parks Tours 7

9.10/17 Plant 20 banksia seed orchard at top gate

1/10/17 Plant 20 banksia seed orchard at car park ridge.

17/9/17 Timboon Cubs 5?

10/9/17 Sarto birthday 20

3/9/17 Harrison birthday. Lauren 20

7/9/17 Thursday Fellas 20

3/9/17 Fathers Day devonshire tea 16

1/9/17 Shire Environmental Health Regional Meeting 15?

16/8/17 Tree planting old school plantation 550 trees. Derri College. Lismore P.S. 30?

15/8/17 MECM AGM and dinner catered by Lauren McLennan. Speaker Bill Weatherly 20

24/7/17 Mount Elephant strategy planning workshop 20

9/7/17 Tucker birthday 20

9/7/17 NAIDOC Wayapa Wuurrk event, lower flag.

6/7/17 County Helicopters spray for patersons curse

2/7/17 NAIDOC week event with raising of flag and nature for kids.

1/7/17 Start using "Freeaccountingsoftware.com.au for accounts.

28/6/17 Visit by Ballarat information Centre volunteers.

13/6/17 CCMA Plains Tender forum.

30/5/17 GORT photo shoot for advert of the area.

15/5/17 Geelong College yr 11 visit.

5/5/17 Geelong College yr 8 visit.

2/5/17 Buninyong PS visit.

10/4/17 Melb Uni Landscape Architecture visit.

2/4/17 "Nuture in Nature" session for the young.

23/3/17 Koonung College yr 11 geography visit.

22/3/17 Copperfield College yr 11 geography visit.

15/3/17 Focus on Hamilton highway meeting venue.

16/3/17 DELWP update meeting venue.

March 17 Wanderer butterfly caterpillars active on the swan plants. Pupate at end of March till about Nov.

Corangamite Shire meeting.

20/2/17 Publish Mount Elephant Update 3 - Feb 2017

26/1/17? Mounted replacement firewatch webcam on the summit.

2017 above

17/11/16 Port Campbell Info Centre visit for Chinese New Year Advertising campaign.

13/11/16 Publish the Mount Elephant Update 2 - Nov 2016.

13/11/16 Start developing the Mount Elephant Centre website

8/11/16 20 members of the Amateur Geological Society of the Hunter Valley Inc. called today.

6/11/16 Official opening of the Mount Elephant Centre.

1/10/16 First edition of email newsletter "Mount Elephant Update".

29/9/16 Field Geology Club of South Australia Inc. visited.

1/9/16 MEC roof on and to lockup stage. Now installing fittings and external plumbing.

9/8/16 Ballarat DHS group called on their cultural awareness tour of the area.

20/7/16 Danielle Green called. Is parliamentary secretary to minister Jaala Pulford.

6/6/16 Australian Geographic called and took photos for a story.

1 june Spray paterson curse County Air, 1.5 MCPA750, 0.05 lontrel

28 may pour MEC slab. Building steadily progresses from here.

16 April Geelong College year 11

3 May Geelong College year 8

27 April Buninyong PS visit

21 April John Coutts UM visit

5 April bait rabbits, remove webcam for winter.

24 March Contract signed with the builders

17 March Kunung College visit. Crown weevil adults found on patersons curse

2 Jan. Mounted a webcam on the summit.

2016 (above)

19 sept Mount Elephant Centre plan submitted for planning permit.

17 sept Green army erect treeguards and continue tracks.

16 August Found many "taproot flea beetles" on the patersons curse

10 August MECM AGM 7.30 at Front Paddock cafe.

11 August Tree planting with primary schools.

9 August Tree planting with Vertical Burials Friends Group.

9 June County Helicopters spray 2 l/ha Agritone, wetter on 45 ha for patersons curse.

27 May Jake Kelly meet MECM to inspect Mount Elephant Centre site.

14 May Green Army supervisor check planned projects

7 May Geelong College year 11 geography visit.

4 may Geelong College year 8 geology visit.

19 march Overnewton College visit

17 March Bait rabbits.

16 March Committee inspect CfN projects.

15 Feb Market to Mount Fun Run

? Feb Workshop with Julie Slifirski to plan work areas for Visitor Centre.

2015 (above)

9 Dec Film "Terra Firma" made over 3 days. Click here for details.

10Nov?. County Helicopters spray new areas of paterson's curse with same mix.

6 Nov Hon. Terry Mulder announce State Govt funding for Visitor Centre.

20 June Curtin University PhD project to date the eruptions of Mount Elephant using pyroxene.

5 June County helicopters spray patersons curse and mustard (with 2-4D amine, metsulfuron, penetrant)

June This web site hits its 100Mb capacity. Working to reduce photograph sizes.

1 June Ballarat motor cycle club

7 April Copperfield College

27 March Overnewton College.

16 March Market to Mount Fun Run. Click here for photos.

Feb 14 Commence opening every Sunday 1 to 4pm.

2014 (above)

Dec 13 Series of consultations with community and stakeholders looking at the viability of a Visitor Centre.

20Nov13 Alistair Tune builds a stone entrance. (Uebergang funding.)

17Sept13 Plant trees inside crater

9Sept13 AGM. Geoff Henderson now President, Gert Stammberger Vice-President.

5sept13 Camperdown walking group visit. Met 3 kangaroos at summit.

28aug13 Helicopter spray paterson curse rosette 65ha with 0.7lt Igran, 0.44lt MCPA. (CFOC funding)

Aug 13 Lismore and Derri primary schools planted trees on the south west corner.

August 13 ballast pit open for railway centenary.

August 13 Buninyong primary school visit.

July 13 Dan Tehan visit.

June 13 Murray Valley Landcare visit.

June 13 Awarded State Govt grant of $30000 "Putting Locals First Program" for Mount Elephant Visitor Centre Business Planning project.

May 13 Geelong College year 9 geography students.

May 13 Melb Univ Envir Management students.

April 13 Vintage motor scooter visit

April 13 Copperfield College visit

April 13 Aerial bait rabbits with 1080. Follow up with ground baiting. (CFOC funding)

2013 (above)

6/11/12 Sprayed 20ha patersons curse with helicopter. (1.5lit 24Damine, 10gm brushoff. early flower.)

19/8/12 Sprayed patersons curse and thistles by helicopter. (1lit agtryne, .2lit lontrel, rosettes,running up)

27/7/12 Lismore primary school tree planting old pine plantation at western end.

25/7/12 Buninyong primary school visit.

July 12 Replaced the lower buckets and pipes of the bore at south east corner.

June 12 replaced the motor of the bore pump.

April?12 Area rezoned by Shire from "agricultural" to "multipurpose"

2012 (above)

Sept11 Spray patersons curse by helicopter.

Installed "Lesley's Track" from Herds Rd along the eastern boundary to the northern railway pit.


Sept10 Aerial spray patersons curse by helicopter.

Corangamite shire commence rehabilitation work at the northern end of the quarry pit.

1500 trees planted on south east side of western quarry.