Speed plant By Michael Doran Yarra Ranges Landcare Network is hosting a novel way of combining two passions - looking after the environment and meeting that someone special. Landcare for Singles organiser Anne Fitzpatrick from Yarra Ranges Landcare Network described the event as ‘speed planting’ or ‘do you plant here often?’ It will run from 10am to 2.30pm on Sunday 16 September at Coronation Park in Healesville. “The day is about having fun, meeting new people and getting down and dirty while enhancing the Watts River environment,” Ms Fitzpatrick said. “Even if you don’t meet your match, at least you will feel fantastic for having done something for your local environment.” She revealed that she met her own partner of three years at a Landcare for Singles event, so
anything was possible on that front. On the planting front, there will be help for novices, and speed planting with a new partner and a new plant every eight minutes will ensure a steady stream of new people to meet. After the environment has been taken care of, a free lunch is promised with the chance to mingle and perhaps tend to the matters of the heart. Ms Fitzpatrick told the Mail that women usually showed up in greater numbers, but she hoped that adding a gumboot tossing activity would encourage more men to get involved. Partnering on the event is Yarra Ranges Council and Organic Fusions. Registration is required for catering purposes at www.yarrarangeslandcare.org.au or on Facebook. Plants, food and company are provided. Participants just need to bring wet-weather gear, a hat, sturdy footwear, water and optimism.
Andrew Rice of Greening Australia and Anne Fitzpatrick of Yarra Ranges Landcare Network are Picture: Kath Gannaway. encouraging people to experience the romance of planting. 184771
IT’S NONE OF OUR BUSINESS BUT… Heidi notched up 2300 votes for her entry in a competition run by Draffin Street Furniture which offered a number of their eco-friendly outdoor settings as prizes. Heidi was in second place on 1600 Facebook likes and jumped up by 700 to hold her edge after the Mail shared her story. Her colourful entry showed what recyclable items were used to make the furniture and a creative image of her friends enjoying the setting.
Reduce your power bills A power for good in the right hands! Hi-five for Heidi Sharp whose school holiday project will see her and her Yarra Junction Primary School friends sitting pretty on a new outdoor furniture setting.
Energy expert Tim Forcey shared a tip with the Dandenong Ranges Renewable Energy Association for coping in a cold snap. Pump up the heat and save, was his advice. “As reported by the University of Melbourne and others, heating with a reverse-cycle air con-
ditioner can be far cheaper than heating with gas,” he said. “A reverse-cycle air-conditioner is a heat pump that is able to collect free heat from the air outside your home. That is why it can be the cheapest heating option.“
Spill’s flow-on effect Yarra Ranges Councillor Tony Stevenson gave politicians in Canberra a serve at the Tuesday 28 August council meeting, following the Liberal Party leadership spill. He said the leadership changes from both sides of politics over the past 10 years “doesn’t reflect well on this nation”. “It does diminish the way people see the value of elected officials such as ourselves,” he said. “We’ve got a very special set of people here.
“The councillors I have the honour of serving with have a completely different attitude when it comes to their community.”
Asked and answered Lillydale Lake, Shire of Lillydale, Lilydale the suburb ... ever wondered about the difference in spelling? A poster on a local Facebook noticeboard did, and other members were able to offer up an explanation. The Mail checked it out and found the same answer. The suburb was originally named after Melba Highway resident Lilly de Castella, and the second ‘L’ fell away some years later. Why the lake and shire held onto it - that’s still unclear.
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