August 2018 committee report
Seed Planting Day - Sunday 30 September 2018
There is ongoing planning for the school holiday seed planting activity. As mentioned last month, this will be a family activity designed to educate and engage children of the importance of reforestation, especially our own unique tuart forest.
The seed planting day is sponsored by the Forest Products Commission and assisted by Cristal Mining and Boyanup Botanical nursery. It is supported by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
In preparation for the seed planting day we have organised a busy bee at the Ludlow mill site. We need volunteers to assist. Please see the details on our Coming Events page.
Representatives of the Group met with Nola Marino, Federal Member for Forrest, on the last day of August to officially recognise the awarding of a $50,000 grant under the Australian Governement’s National Landcare Program to support the first stage of our restoration project. The presentation was covered by the Busselton Dunsborough Times last. See the article here Fund boost for forest restoration
To ensure a successful outcome, our group has arranged with Boyanup Botanical to germinate and grow out 30,000 tuart seedlings from seed donated by Cristal Mining. This is a long term Project and more tuart trees will be planted in successive years.
Discussions are now underway with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions on the exact area and location for the reforestation project. The current plan is to plant in the degraded Lockart Block with planting of seedlings scheduled for June/July 2019 after the nursery germination period.
Ludlow mill & settlement lease
The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions have advised us that they will need to advertise for “registrations of interest” for the long term leasing of the Ludlow Settlement. As yet the advertisement has not been posted.
There has been further development of our website, www.ludlowtuartforest.org.au, including the establishment of PayPal and direct debit payment facilities for membership applications.
Our Facebook page now has a following of over 500 with some postings getting over 2,000 hits!
Deductible Gift Recipient registration
Work is progressing on an application for entry onto the Register of Environmental Organisations. The Register is a Commonwealth tax deductibility scheme for environmental organisations enabled under the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997. It allows eligible organisations to be endorsed as Deductible Gift Recipients by the Australian Taxation Office. This means that donations made to the organisation will be tax-deductible for the donor. As part of this process the Group’s Rules Of Association were updated in line with the requirements to register as an Environmental Organisation.
The Group was very pleased to recieve some great photos of the Ludlow Mill Settlement at no cost taken by Laurie Davies from Travel Australia Tourist Directory.
Mens Shed presentation
Representatives of the Group gave a talk at the Busselton Men’s Shed about our aims and objectives and areas of potential cooperation. It is planned to continue this initiative with other Men’s Shed’s in the district.
Local, State and Federal members have been kept up to date with our activities and progress.