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Queenscliffe Herald Article - November 2004

Think Global, Act Local, then Plant Local

It is easy to feel a sense of helplessness when faced with such issues as greenhouse, global warming, water and air pollution and weed invasions. But taking small actions locally can alleviate such feelings while making a real contribution to the problems. Think global, act local is still a relevant and useful motto.

One of the most direct (and enjoyable) ways to respond is to plant local, bird attracting plants in one’s own garden and some local publications are available to provide suggestions.

A guide to indigenous ground covers and shrubs in the Point Lonsdale and Queenscliff area is a colour poster of 16 attractive plants, including correas, fan flowers and clematis, which have adapted to local conditions. The poster is available from the Council offices and the plants can be purchased from Echidna Plant Nursery in Banks Rd or from the Queenscliffe Community Nursery in Nelson Rd. (or downloaded using the above link - Doug)

The City of Greater Geelong has divided its region into 19 zones and issued an information sheet listing suitable indigenous plants for each zone. The series is titled Indigenous plants of the Geelong Region. Zones 3, 4 and 19 are relevant to the Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale areas and these sheets can be obtained from the Geelong Town Hall or from the Queenscliffe Community Nursery.

Coastal plants suitable for gardens can be seen growing at the Geelong Botanic Gardens. Also the Queenscliff Neighbourhood House regularly runs information sessions and walks illustrating the possibilities of growing local. The walks include visits to gardens of local residents who have concentrated on growing indigenous plants.

The trouble with weeds - apart from the fact that they are weeds – is that they are often very attractive and this is true of the most rampant weeds in our area. At this time of year the purple flowers of the Polygala and of the climbing Dolochis Pea dominate the natural areas of the Borough. They look pretty but also send out a reminder of how dominant these dangerous interlopers have become. Weedbusters Week was held Australia wide in October and the coloured brochure Environmental weeds in Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale advising residents of what NOT to grow in our area is available at the Council Offices. Geelong City has also issued a brochure titled Garden plants are going bush… and becoming environmental weeds on the Bellarine Peninsula.

For those who like to research their topics on the Internet a good place to start is for information on weeds and for information about plants look up the Indigenous Flora and Fauna Association (I.F.F.A.) on Google.

More information on local plants and weeds can be obtained from the Queenscliffe Community Nursery which is a volunteer joint project of the Swan Bay Environment Association and the Queenscliffe Council Environment Advisory Committee. A regular working bee is held at the Nursery on the 3 rd Sunday morning of each month and plants and information are available at this time.

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