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ANN 2018 Get-together Circular No 2

Australian Naturalists’ Network 2018 Get-together
Saturday 29 September – Monday 8 October 2018
Hosted by: South East Australian Naturalists’ Association Inc
No A0044963D ABN 23 918 778 150

Circular No 2: January 2018

The South East Australian Naturalists’ Association (SEANA) cordially invites field naturalists from across Australia to attend the 10th ANN Get-together to be held in Victoria in spring 2018. The gathering will take place midway through Victoria’s wildflower season beginning at Halls Gap in the Grampians on the afternoon of Saturday 29 September 2018. We will then travel through part of the Western Victorian Volcanic Plain to Warrnambool for an overnight stay. The final 4 nights will be at Anglesea on the Surf Coast near Geelong, with the Get-together concluding with breakfast on Monday 8 October 2018.


Over 90 expressions of interest have been received.
A Registration Form is attached and needs to be returned, with a deposit, by 31 March.
The balance of fees is required by 31 July.
Deposits are fully refundable if written notice of cancellation is received by 30 June. After this date  consideration will be given to partial refunds depending on timing & circumstances. It is strongly recommended that intended participants take out travel insurance.
For logistical reasons the number of participants will be limited to 90.
Participants will be registered in the order the Registration Form and deposit are received – SO BE PROMPT

Proposed program:

Sat 29 Sep Registration and dinner at Norval, Halls Gap
Sun 30 Sep Southern Grampians: The Piccaninny, Henham Track                                  Mon 1 Oct Northern Grampians: Heatherlie, Mt Zero, Reed Lookout
Tue 2 Oct Lake Fyans, Pomonal                                                                                                            Wed 3 Oct Halls Gap to Warrnambool via Mt Eccles
Thu 4 Oct Warrnambool to Anglesea via Great Ocean Rd.
Fri 5 Oct AM free time; PM You Yangs, Mt Rothwell nocturnal animals.
Sat 6 Oct Anglesea coastal features and heathland
Sun 7 Oct Anglesea coastal features and heathland
Mon 8 Oct Depart after breakfast.
Accommodation details
Norval House, Halls Gap :
Norval House is a Uniting Church camp 1 km south of the Halls Gap shopping centre.
16 rooms, 6 single beds per room, ensuite. 3-4 people per room. Cost will include linen hire (sheets, blanket, towel, pillow and pillow slip). Dining room, lounges and bedrooms in one building, heating  and carpets throughout.
Anglesea YMCA Recreation Camp:
Anglesea Recreation Camp is located in a bushland setting on the Great Ocean Road, 400m from Anglesea shopping centre.
28 rooms, 2-6 single beds per room, shared amenities in same building. Cost will include linen hire(sheets, doona/blanket, towel, pillow and pillow slip). Dining room accessed via covered walkway.
Cold Sleepers may wish to bring an extra blanket/sleeping bag and hot water bottle.
Deakin University, Warrnambool:
The campus is 5km east of Warrnambool CBD.
Accommodation is in multi bedroom units with single, twin and double rooms. Pillows, blankets, bath towel & linen are supplied.
Note: Deakin accommodation is available to ALL ANN 2018 participants in twin or double rooms.
Package 1,2 & 3 (page 3) includes the cost of $45 per person per night for Deakin accommodation.
For those wishing to arrange their own accommodation, Halls Gap, Warrnambool and Angelsea have a range of accommodation in caravan parks, motels, hotels, cottages, etc. Demand will be high during the second week of Victorian School Holidays so early booking would be advisable. Other accommodation information can be researched on the web.
Caravan Parks These caravan parks are the nearest to ANN venues
Halls Gap Caravan Park: Cnr School and Grampians Rd; 1km north of Norval.
ph: 03 5356 4251
Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park: Tymna Drive; 3km south of Norval
ph: 03 5356 4281
Big4 Grampians Parkgate Resort: Grampians Rd; 3km north of Norval.
ph: 03 5356 4215
Anglesea Beachfront Family Caravan Park: Cameron Rd, Anglesea; 500m from Anglesea Recreation
ph: 03 5363 1583
Big4 Hopkins River Holiday Park: Jubilee Park Rd, Warrnambool.
ph: 03 5565 1327
Warrnambool Holiday Park: Simpson St, Warrnambool.
ph: 03 5562 5031
Package Options and Costs
Package 1 Full package.
Includes all transport (transit and excursions), all accommodation and all meals.
Cost: $1310 Deposit: $400
Package 2 Own Transit Transport
Includes all excursion transport, all accommodation and all meals.
Cost: $1120 Deposit: $330
Package 3 Own Transit Transport and Own accommodation at Halls Gap and Anglesea
Includes all excursion transport, accommodation at Deakin Uni, Warrnambool and all meals.
Cost: $735 Deposit: $220
Package 4 Own Transit Transport and Own accommodation.
Includes all excursion transport and all meals.
Cost: $690 Deposit: $210
Note 1: Transit transport is bus transport from Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport to Halls Gap, Warrnambool, Anglesea and return to Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport. Excursion transport is bus transport for day excursions from Halls Gap and Anglesea.
Note 2: All packages include all meals (breakfast, packed lunch and dinner), excursion entrance fees and excursion bus transport (for safety and logistical reasons private vehicles will NOT be able to tag along on the excursions from Halls Gap and Anglesea).
Note 3: Package costs as indicated are our best estimates based on the available information at this time. We hope that they won’t change but must reserve the right to amend them if our assumptions, particularly regarding enrolments, prove incorrect. We will advise of any necessary change as soon as possible after enrolments close.
Note 4: For those selecting package 1. Transport from Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport on Sat 29 September will leave the airport at 1pm. Transport to Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport on Mon 8 October will arrive at noon.

If you have any queries please contact:
John Gregurke email: phone: 0408 353 671

Yours naturally,
ANN 2018 SEANA Sub-Committee.


ANN 2018 Registration Form

Please fill out separate form for each person
Registration form may be printed and returned by post OR completed electronically and emailed.
Please return by 31 March 2018 to:
post: G Harris, PO Box 703, Castlemaine VIC 3450
Name: . …………………………………………………………………….           Male/Female
Address …..…………………………………………………………………….
Telephone …..…………………………………………………………………….
Mobile (more useful than landline during Get-together) ………………………………….
Email …..…………………………………………………………………….
Field Naturalist Club …..………………………………………………………….
Special Dietary Requirements: (diabetic, vegetarian, coeliac, other) Please provide details.
If staying at ANN venues indicate with whom you would prefer to share a room:
(To fit the expected number of participants in the available accommodation, 4 people will be accommodated in each room at Halls Gap. Please indicate if you prefer to share with another couple or people of same gender. Include names if possible.)

Package Cost Deposit
Package 1 Full Package                        Cost: $1,310.00      Deposit: $400.00
Package 2 Own Transit Transport    Cost:$1,120.00       Deposit: $330.00
Package 3 Own Transit Transport and Own accommodation at Halls Gap and Anglesea.            Cost: $735.00    Deposit: $220.00
Package 4 Own Transit Transport and Own accommodation.                                                  Cost: $690.00   Deposit $210.00

Your Selection: Package ………….. Deposit $ …………..

Payment methods:
Cheque payable to SEANA Inc ANN Camp A/c
EFT to bank account: SEANA Inc ANN Camp A/c, Commonwealth Bank BSB 063-506 Account No 10626086. PLEASE include your name as payee/reference.

Abrolhos Trip

Whale.jpgA group of ANN Field Naturalists 2016, visited “The Abrolhos”. The Abrolhos is sited in a sanctuary and the waters surrounding the islands are protected.  The trip included the history of the Abrolhos – the shipwreck Batavia and the mutineers.  Activities such as snorkelling, fishing, glass bottom boat viewing, visiting islands and rock pooling were included.

Some of the islands are breeding grounds for different bird species such as Lesser & Brown Noddys, Terns, Ospreys, Cormorants and Sea Eagles.  Many birds nest on beaches, be on the lookout for eggs as they are easily trodden on.  Sea Lions were spotted on the islands and close to shore.  Refrain from getting too close to all birds and animals and avoid being between parents and their babies.   Sit or kneel when taking photos so that you are not a threat and you will go home with some great memories.

I indicated that I would love to see a whale close up.  One day, whilst sailing between the islands we had a fantastic encounter with a whale – just beyond the bow that also came up to the side of the boat.  A WOW moment!  Not to be outdone, a pod of dolphins decided to put on a live show surfing, jumping and bumping each other just below the bow and to the stern of the ship.  Whales are rather slow in comparison to surfing dolphins.  Neither are easy to photograph as it is extremely difficult to judge where they will surface and on a boat that is rocking side to side/up and down.  For me, this was the highlight of the trip.


Tasmanian Field Naturalist Club report


For photos see

Hobart ANN report from Val Hocking

Sunday Mt Wellington visit. On our only cloudy damp day, we ascended Mt Wellington and my bus stopped at The Springs car park where we had a delightful walk to the Spinx Rocks passing bushes of red berries of the Pink Mountain Berry Leptecophyla juniparina and pink and purple berries of the spreading Cheeseberry Cyathodes straminea . There was also lots of white daisy bush and flowering cream Mountain Needlebushes Hakea lissosperma. Many rocks were covered in white and shades of green and grey lichens, adding more beauty in the misty day. Later we drove to the top of the mountain and had to be content to accept the lovely views of Hobart’s waterways from a picture.

Our final talk on Sun night was based around Jelly fish and how large numbers can be a sign of overfishing and other enviromental destruction.

Words of thanks from West Australia Field Nats summed up our great week together and invited us to Perth in Aug/Sept 2016


Orange myrtle (beech) fungi Cyttaria sp. seen at The Styzx State Park


Bartailed Godwits seen at Marion Bay. These birds migrated from above the Arctic Circle where they breed


Spreading Cheeseberry cyanthodes straminea.


Pink Mountain Berry Leptecophylla juniperina


Pineapple Candle Heath Richea drachophylla seen half way up Mt Wellington

ANN Get-Together 2014 Hobart, Tasmania, an orange theme

What was the highlight of the ANN Get-together in Hobart.  After much thought and going through my diary and photos I decided that the colour ORANGE presented some amazing results.

The Fairy Lanterns (Thismia rodwayi) which is a very small herb with bright orange flowers that are likened to tiny fairy lanterns on the forest floor. They are incapable of photosynthesis but take their energy from fungus and can be found covered in leaf litter in very isolated areas. The roots are wormlike. On our forest walks several people tried to find these elusive plants but failed. Just as well we had a sample in an ice cream container.


In the Styx Forest there were orange berry-like  fungi hanging from the trees, ground mushrooms and orange fungi attached too dead decaying tree branches on the forest floor.

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Adventure Bay, Bruny Island on the rocks out near Penguin Island rock pools was a bright orange lichen on the rocks.

Even Barb’s Hermit crab was orange.

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Lichen, AdventureBay near Penguin Island, Bruny Island

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The live-bearing sea star at the Tessellated Pavement rock pools was described as apricot-orange. This is the first sea star known to brood its young within the body. The babies leave the mother through the dorsal plates and crawl away. Apparently the larger juveniles can cannibalise the younger ones before birth.2- 018

In the Hartz Mountains there was orange dotted all through the habitats from flowering forest trees to heath in the moor lands and the mosses and lichens in the wet alpine areas.

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Even the Pineapple Candle Heath on Mt. Wellington had an orange presentation for us.


Now to look forward to Perth in 2016 for the next ANN Get-together.

Congratulations to all who made this amazing event possible.

By Rhondda Tomlinson



Held at “The Lea”, Hobart, on Saturday 25 October 2014 commencing at 4.00 pm.


  1. Opening and welcome

ANN Interim Steering Committee (ISC) member John Gregurke (FNC of Ballarat) opened the meeting and welcomed those present.


  1. Attendance and apologies

Sixty-eight naturalists were present, drawn from the following network member groups:

Alice Springs FNC (3) Dubbo FNC (2) Qld NC & Fassifern FNC (1)
Ararat & District FNC (2) FNC Victoria (2) Sale & District FNC (8)
FNC Ballarat (8) Geelong FNC (3) Stanthorpe FNC (Qld) (5)
Bendigo FNC (2) King Island FNC (2) Tasmanian FNC (1+)
Castlemaine FNC (2) Latrobe Valley FNC (3) Toodyay NC (WA) (2)
Central North (Tas.) FNC (1) Launceston FNC (3) Western Aust. NATS (18)

Clubs represented at the 2014 Get-Together but not at this meeting: FNA of Canberra & ACT, Hamilton FNC (Vic.)


Bruce & Estelle Adams, Cary & Joan Breakey, Peter & Norma Garlick, Russell & Pat Green, Bob Read, Dick & Shirley Southcombe.


  1. Appointment of chairperson and secretary for this meeting

John Gregurke (FNC of Ballarat) took the chair, explaining that ISC Chair Russell Green (FNC Victoria) had resigned from the committee in June 2014.

ISC Secretary Phil Rayment (Latrobe Valley FNC) recorded the minutes.


  1. Reports


4.1     2012 Get-Together, held in Canberra, hosted by FNA of Canberra Inc.

Phil Rayment noted that the highly successful and rewarding 2012 Get-Together held in Canberra had drawn on its extensive range of natural history experts, institutions and field sites to provide an excellent program. The need for careful financial planning for Get-Togethers was highlighted by the fact that 61 out-of-ACT folk finally participated despite there having originally been 78 deposit-paid registrations.


4.2       ANN Web-master

John Gregurke reported that the ANN website incorporates the register, minutes of committee and general meetings and information about past and future Get-Togethers. He requested submissions of reports and photos from the 2014 Get-Together – photo files should be limited to approx. 200MB. Photographers would be acknowledged unless individuals expressly requested that their names not be shown.

Following discussion of the privacy issues involved, it was decided that a planned group photo of the 2014 participants to be placed on the website should be accompanied only by a list of represented clubs, and not names of the individuals.


4.3       ANN Register Coordinator

John Gregurke reported that the ANN Register has recently been updated and now includes information for around 56 natural history groups. Since 2012, some newly found clubs have been added and some have ceased operation. Network clubs have been provided with hard copies as an alternative to website access. John stressed the importance of regularly sending him updates to published information.


4.4       SEANA Treasurer re ANN Camp Account

Denis Thurgood (FNC Ballarat) explained that the ANN Camp Account currently holds approx. $4500 (mostly in a term deposit) being in the main the balance of funds from the Victorian High Country Get-Together organised by SEANA. The account was originally set up with small subscriptions when the register was first developed by Dick Southcombe. The account is being drawn on to cover steering committee expenses.

The practice has been for each Get-Together host club to forward seed funding (to cover venue deposits, etc.) to the next host, and the Tasmanian FNC is asked to forward the relevant funds via Denis Thurgood to the 2016 host club, the WA NATS.


Motion: That the four above reports be received.

Moved Peter Dalman, seconded Geoff Lay and carried.


  1. General business

            5.1       Draft statement of purposes of ANN


The following draft Statement of Purposes for the ANN was approved by the ISC for consideration at this general meeting, and circulated to network member groups.

The purposes of the Australian Naturalists Network are:

i       To increase knowledge of, and encourage the preservation and protection of the natural environment.

ii      To foster and promote communication and cooperation between Field Naturalists Clubs and other natural history groups from all states and territories of Australia.

iii     To initiate and encourage member clubs to host biennial Get-togethers which further the appreciation and study of natural history.

iv     Maintain and publish a register of Field Naturalists Clubs and other natural history groups from all states and territories of Australia.

v      To support and promote conservation issues, advocating well-researched strategies.

vi     To be acknowledged as a responsible apolitical voice on environmental matters.

vii    To encourage the establishment of new natural history clubs.

viii   To provide and disseminate natural environment information, at whatever level required, in pursuit of the above items.

The draft was read out. In discussion, it was acknowledged that its scope is broad-ranging, and deliberately so.

Motion: That the draft statement of purposes as circulated and read be adopted by the ANN.

Moved Eddie Dell, seconded Geoff Campbell and carried unanimously.


5.2       Election of office-bearers for 2014-2016

Motion: That the management group for the ANN be henceforth named the ANN Steering Committee, to have the same responsibilities as earlier assigned to the ANN Interim Steering Committee.

Moved Claire Dalman, seconded Elva Letts and carried.

The meeting chair called for nominations to fill four executive positions for 2014-2016, namely Chairperson, Secretary, Web-master and Register Coordinator. (The SEANA Inc ANN Camp Account is managed at present by the SEANA Treasurer, currently Denis Thurgood (FNC Ballarat).)

Chairperson: Nominated – Pam Ghirardi, moved Eddie Dell, seconded Lucy Mandyczewsky and declared elected.

Secretary: Nominated – Phil Rayment, moved John Gregurke, seconded Jannie Lay and declared elected.

Web-master: No nominations were received from the floor.

(Note added later: Subsequent to the meeting, Robert Read volunteered to take on this role, and the executive accepted his offer.)

Register Coordinator: Nominated – John Gregurke, moved Phil Rayment, seconded Wayne Clarke and declared elected.


5.3       Nominations for ordinary membership of Steering Committee for 2014-2016

Steering Committee ordinary membership is at present deliberately flexible. At ANN 2012, it was agreed that the committee should preferably include at least one member from each state/ territory having clubs that have participated in ANN Get-Togethers, supplemented by past and present SEANA Committee members who have attended at least one Get-Together. It was agreed that this process should continue for the time being.


5.4       Arrangements for the 2016 ANN Get-Together

Roz Hart (WA NATS) confirmed an offer from the Western Australian Naturalists Club to host the 2016 Get-Together in the Perth region, to be held during the last week of August and the first week of September. The WA NATS would welcome any suggestions for the event, with contact details to be available on their website. The Tasmanian FNC will provide some feedback on what/ what not to do based on their experience.

In discussion, it emerged that participants would welcome some spare time during Get-Togethers, such as an evening off, or preferably a half-day free near the middle of the program.


5.5       Host Club for 2018 ANN Get-Together

Those present were asked to nominate regions suited to a future Get-Together, with suggestions including the Flinders Ranges, the Eyre Peninsula, the Grampians and Otways, the Kimberley and some NSW options.

John Gregurke indicated that the clubs based in Ballarat, Geelong, Ararat and Hamilton would in the lead-up to the 2016 Get-Together investigate the possibility of running an event in 2018 focussing on the Grampians, the Otways and the Surf Coast.

In discussion, it was agreed that there is a need to provide a range of accommodation options/levels. Also there was strong agreement that all excursion participants should travel by coach, without trailing private vehicles.


5.6       Natural environment issues of concern at a national level

Two issues of concern raised in discussion:

*          The absence of a Minister for Science in the current federal government, which potentially limits input on natural environment issues and implies a devaluation of issues which require a scientific perspective;

*          The possibility that the current federal government will move to hand back powers under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act to the states, thereby limiting the possibility of taking a national perspective on conservation matters.

The secretary to write to the Prime Minister and Minister for the Environment to highlight these concerns.


5.7 Motion of thanks to the Tasmanian FNC

Motion: That the Tasmanian FNC be thanked for hosting an extremely well organised, rewarding and enjoyable 2014 Get-Together, with an excellent program of speakers and field trips.

Moved Phil Rayment, seconded John Gregurke and carried with acclamation.


  1. Next meeting

The next general meeting will be held during the 2016 Get-Together in Perth, hosted by the WA NATS.



Phil Rayment, Secretary, ANN Steering Committee


phone: 03 5174 1730