On November 19th 2011 there was an Information day held for Traralgon South and District residents at Callignee Hall.
Feedback was sort on community priorities. A summary of peoples thoughts and observations are listed here:
Weeds of greatest concern in the area: Blackberries, Ragwort and English Broom,
Weeds that have emerged as problems since the fire: Inkweed, English and Cape Broom, Flatweed in pasture, Honeysuckle, Blackberries, Deadly Nightshade and Tussocks
Project Ideas / Community Education Needs
- Weed identification course and weed management strategies.
- Walkaround’s of select areas and peoples properties.
- Ifarm course to help people manage environmental issues on their properties.
- Habitat link project for Strzlecki Koala and other wildlife.
Community with vegetation recovery since the bushfires:
- Roadside verges are prolific in gums now to an imbalance of what was burnt.
- Trees have not come back, undergrowth especially bracken has tried to take over as understorey.
Public Education Awareness Needs:
- Control of weeds and other introduced plant species.
- How to keep their dogs and cats under control and to their own properties
- Fox and Rabbit Control
Wildlife that people have seen re-appear since the fires:
- Wombats (moving into new areas using dead tree stumps for burrows), Echidna’s, Koalas
Wildlife that has seemingly disappeared since the fires:
Small birds including Blue Wrens, Yellow Robins, Brush and Ring tailed possums, loss of Eagles Nest.
Issues with Pest Animals Since the fire:
Main Concern is with foxes reports of large number of them, Rabbits also an issue one person concerned about Wedge tailed eagles taking lambs.