Park News – July/August, 2013

The Wood Ducks (sometimes babbling away in precarious looking places) and Currawongs are very obvious in the park at the moment.  It seems the mating game has begun for them and soon there will be the usual squabbles over nesting sites.  People have noticed the magpies and ravens have already started nest building and we are also seeing some of the more uncommon visitors to our park such as the little corellas.


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Our Correa reflexa (Native Fuschia)  has been looking beautiful throughout the park for the past 6-8 weeks.  Also, the acacias (wattles to most of us) are beginning to flower – showing off our national colours just in time for National Tree Day – and our next working bee – on Sunday 28th July.  According to a study by Practical Ecology for Whitehorse Council, there are eight different types of Acacia trees and shrubs that belong in the park:

Trees
Acacia dealbata
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Silver Wattle
Acacia implexa
Lightwood
Acacia mearnsii
Black Wattle
Acacia melanoxylon
Acacia pycnantha
Shrubs
Acacia acinacea
Acacia paradoxa
Acacia verticillata
Blackwood
Golden Wattle
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Gold-dust Wattle
Hedge Wattle
Prickly Moses

 

wattleThere are also several other introduced native species such as the Cootamundra Wattle.  Some are classified as woody weeds!

Recent good rains have finally penetrated the soil meaning that the relatively large numbers of tube-stock planted by committee and the community over autumn/early winter have an excellent chance of being well established in time for good spring growth.

There have been several reports of a strong yellowish discoloration in the creek on Monday morning (22/7).  While this could have been due to a burst water main, it could also be the result of illegal pumping out of a building site (such as a flooded basement) into the creek.  The incident was reported to the EPA (EPA Pollution Watch Hot Line 1300 372 842) – please do the same if you notice any recurrence.

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