Making Healthy Soils

Making Healthy Soils

Cardinia Environment Coalition Presented by Dr. Mary Cole Or Mary Cole is o passionate soil microbiologist. mycologist (fungi). and plant pathologist. She founded AGPATH Pty Ltd an agriculture pathology. biological farming service. and agriculture consultancy in 1980. This was created with the mission to introduce farmers to the concept of biological forming and improve soil health and productivity giving them a sustainable future while raising standards of environmental awareness. encouraging debate in alternative and more sustainable farming methods, and generating innovative ideas for the long-term health of our planet for future generations Dr Mary Cole will be speaking about how to make healthy soils of home.

Saturday the 4th of June 2022. 10 am – 11.30 am Free to attend Held at the CEC Nursery. Deep Creek Reserve, 62 Cameron Way Pakenham.
CEC Indigenous Nursery will be open 9am – 2pm the same day.

Planning a Revegetation Project

We will be introducing our project, and looking at previous Landcare works on the property. Landcare speakers will be discussing:

  • waterway protection
  • fence placement and construction
  • remnant protection and revegetation plant selection
  • growing your own tubestock and direct seeding
  • ecosystem services provided by a well planned and executed tree break

BBQ lunch included

email or call 0419 382379 to register

SGLN: Enhancing Soil Biology

SGLN’s Enhancing Soil Biology has been running for three years, with the goal of working with local farmers to help them learn about soil biology and how to improve it on their farms.

The information session will cover:
The education sessions delivered through the project, and how you can
access this

The on-ground treatments that were applied on 30 farms, and what monitoring has taken place

Scientific advisor to the project Dr Mary Cole will discuss the results

Some participating farmers will share what they learned and what they’re doing now on their farms

Soil Week Australia 2021

Soil Week Australia is promoting the great work of organizations across Australia who are working to improve the health of our soil and landscapes.

We are encouraging organisations that are running an event in the week of Dec 5th to 12th celebrating the importance of soil for World Soil Day to register their event for free. The  combined social media publicity will support our goal of together creating awareness of the importance of healthy soil across rural and urban Australia.

We are a NFP organization and make no money from this initiative and all our work has been voluntary.

Visit our website: Soil Week Australia

Exploring the world of fungi with Dr Mary Cole

Event description

By request …. Microscope Champions have asked for more information about fungi. Here it is at last. An exclusive event. Dr Mary Cole will be our guest.


Dr Mary Cole is a well-known academic, plant pathologist and soil microbiologist who provides instruction and workshops/courses in biological non-chemical/sustainable agricultural farming practices to farmers, students, and consultants around the world. As an Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne she supervises PhD students and her lab, Agpath P/L, provides summer vacation experience in soil microbiology and composting for graduates of Victorian and interstate universities. For more information see

The draft program for this 3 hour online workshop includes:

An introduction covering:
the benefits of fungi
how can we identify more beneficial fungi
how can we identify more harmful fungi
if we can’t identify ‘good vs bad’, why not
what can we tell from fungal spores
A section covering questions collected from participants prior to the session
A live Q&A section
Where to from here for participants…
The event will be recorded and a link provided to registered participants whether they attend or not

Dieback in Dandenongs forests and gardens

Dieback in Dandenongs forests and gardens

A presentation by Forest Pathologist
Ian Smith on dieback in the
Dandenongs and how to cope with it
Thursday 2 September, 7.30 – 9 pm
Monbulk Living and Learning Centre,
21 Main Rd, Monbulk
Ian has over 40 years’ experience in the field of
forest pathology research in Victoria investigating
diseases that threaten plantations, nurseries,
forests and gardens.
In this talk Ian will discuss his experience with the
complex factors involved with dieback and their
potential involvement in the dieback of Mountain
Ash in the Dandenong Ranges. In particular he
will talk about two significant diseases (Armillaria
and Phytophthora), currently causing tree disease
in native forests and home gardens, and their
potential interaction with crown loss. He will
discuss the disease triangle and how this
conceptual model helps in the development of
potential control measures.
Dr Alex Maisey will introduce the
presentation and briefly describe the
Volunteer Innovation Project, of which this
presentation is a part
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, attendees will
be limited. Please RSVP to Bill Incoll, to secure a place

Hallston Regenerative Agriculture Group Talk

Almost a Hallston local, Rob Waddell runs Grand
Ridge Propagation and Nursery in Seaview.
Join us at this education event and get ready for a
great season of planting! Rob’s tips and strategies
for successful tree and shrub growing on your
properties won’t go astray.
What to expect?
• A casual and positive evening
• An education session on tree planting, species
selection plus pre and post planting tips
• A 10 minute intro by Brita from Intrepid Landcare
of the volunteer crews ready to plant your trees
• Network, social chats and general HRAG
catch up!
What to bring?
• Nibbles and drinks
• Pen and paper
• Your action plan that you started at the 101
event and may have continued to develop

Save Western Port Woodlands

Woodlands or mines:
​our line in the sand
The last strip of significant woodland left in Bass Coast Shire is under threat from a surge in sand mining activities.

Under the Victorian Government’s Strategic Extractive Resources Areas proposal, sand mining would take precedence over conservation of this fragile habitat and the wishes of local communities.

Once these forests are gone, they’re gone forever.

But it’s our call, and we’re drawing a line in the sand.

This rare woodland is too precious to lose.

​With the support of 14 environmental and community groups, plus the Bass Coast Shire Council, we call on the Victorian Government to preserve this fragile coastal corridor from the ravages of sand mining.

The Government’s own research reveals 700 years’ supply of suitable sand, almost all of it outside woodland areas. ​​

​We can win this “once in forever” opportunity.
(And tell our children how we won.)

Waterfront: Waterscapes of South Westernport

Explore deep time ecology and delve into issues facing southern Westernport on a self-guided bicycle tour of the old swamplands of Koo Wee Rup and the coastal reserves of Tooradin.

The rapid pace of urban expansion and climate change pose a major threat to remnant vegetation and wildlife in the south Westernport landscape, which was once a buffer and sponge that protected the coastal edge of Westernport Bay. Monash Urban Lab is undertaking a multi-disciplinary design investigation in association with Healesville to Phillip Island Nature Link (HPNL), which focuses on water quality, habitat and ecology, and opportunities for restoration and recreation projects in this highly modified wetland complex.

Self-guided Tour

Begin at Bunyip Railway Station, end at Tooradin.
Distance: 37km, one way
Bicycle: 2 hrs (or 4 hrs return)
Car: 30 mins by car (or 1 hr return)
Click here to view directions on Google Maps
Please note – tour route includes a mix of quiet gravel roads and busy sealed 100km roads.
Event: Panel Discussion

Join members from Monash Urban Lab and HPNL for a panel discussion in Tooradin.
28 March, 2.00pm–3.00pm
Tooradin & District Sports Club
62 South Gippsland Hwy, Tooradin VIC 3980

Dung Beetle workshop at Labertouche with Dr Russ Barrow

Dr Russ Barrow is a researcher from Charles Sturt University and the ‘Dung Beetles Ecosystems Engineers’ project. Russ will talk about: benefits of beetles, beetles found in Gippsland, beetle ID, how to live capture and relocate.