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Saturday, 25 November

04:00

Twilight Christmas Market Markets and Fairs in Gippsland

Friday 24th Nov, 5.00pm 9.00pm, Trafalgar High School
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Monday, 20 November

18:32

Police pull car from Drouin West river FPRESS.com.au network

Do you know how a car wound up in the Tarago River in Drouin West? Warragul Police want to hear from you.

17:44

Warragul car crash drive-off under investigation FPRESS.com.au network

Warragul Police are investigating after a car involved in a crash allegedly drove away without attempting to stop.

14:07

Darnum: serious collision on highway prompts witness appeal FPRESS.com.au network

A collision on the Princes Highway at Darnum yesterday saw five people, including a three-month-old, admitted to hospital.

10:27

Summer events in the Australian Alps Mountain Journal

Mountain Journal often advertises high energy events like trail running, road riding, cross country races, etc. But summer is also a good time to relax, take it easy, and chill out with friends. Here are some listings for festivals, low key nature events, and social gatherings that are happening in the Alps over summer 2017/18.

Feel free to email additions to cam.walker@foe.org.au

Wildflower walks at Mt Baw Baw

Join us for a stunning walk through the resort to see the abundance of Wild Flowers that grow through our Alpine region

The wildflower season is fast approaching and to celebrate we have a number of tours planned from November January.

When:

19 November

2nd November

3rd November

13 January

14 January

What: Each walk includes a guided tour of the heathland across Mt Baw Baw by our experienced Wild Flower experts as well as a two course lunch in the Village Restaurant

Cost: $30 per person.

Full details here.

Guided walk at Mt Hotham

Tuesday, 26th December 2017

Mount Hotham has been a bushwalking destination for generations, with the first European Bushwalkers crossing the Great Divide in the 1850s in search of gold. Learn how the golden era eventually transformed the region from wilderness to the resort we know today, in our free summer bushwalking program.

9.30am Mount Higginbotham Loop

Steep hills, Grade 3 Approximately 3km return

Walkers will meet at the Village Square, Corral Car park at 9:30am. This short stroll takes in the summit of Mount Higginbotham and some of the early history of the resort. returning via East Street and Higgi Drive, exploring the Pygmy Possum habitat along the way. Returning to the Village Square.

Full details here.

New Years Eve at Thredbo

From the organisers:

The famous Thredbo New Years Party is a great way to welcome 2018. Thredbo will be the place to be with a big street party and entertainment for all ages.

https://www.thredbo.com.au/events/2017/new-years-eve/

New Years Eve fireworks at Dinner Plain

Shows at 9pm & Midnight.

Thredbo Blues festival, 19 21 JAN

From the organisers:

The Thredbo Blues Festival is back in 2018 for its 24th year with another amazing program of exceptional Australian and International blues players getting up close and personal in a music festival like no other.

Full details here.

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Sunday, 19 November

08:27

The Parks Victoria Volunteer Track Ranger Program Mountain Journal

This is a great program: Parks Victoria (PV) Track Rangers are volunteers who walk and camp along popular tracks during peak holidays in order to provide a presence in key visitation areas and providing hikers with up-to-date park information.

If you have good experience in remote area walking plus appropriate skills and the right personality, its a great opportunity to be out in some fantastic country and contribute in a positive way to the management of some of the states best parks.

It involves a 4 to 6 day commitment. Full details below.

According to PV:

Participating in the track ranger volunteer program is a great way to help Parks Victoria by providing a presence and friendly contact point at campsites and trails in the Victorias national parks, promoting minimal impact techniques to improve awareness of park environment and providing visitors with current park information.

Where?

The program runs in the Great Alpine National Park (Mt Bogong, Mt Feathertop, the Alpine Crossing between Falls Creek and Mount Hotham and Mount Buffalo), Grampians National Park, Cathedral Range State Park and Wilsons Promontory National Park.

When?

The program usually for 4 to 6 days across the New Year period, over selected long weekends and Easter.

What key skills are needed?

You will need strong experience in remote area hiking and camping, high level of fitness, positive attitude, strong communication and interpersonal skills, a valid first aid certificate and must be willing to camp out for a minimum of 4 nights in remote areas.

Volunteers may apply as couples or singles, in which case you will be paired up with a second track ranger to ensure safety. Volunteers must be fully self-sufficient. Download the Volunteer Track Ranger Role Description.

A National Police Check will also be conducted on all successful applicants with the cost covered by Parks Victoria. This is now completed online to save processing times.

A Working with Children Check is also required and can be obtained by visiting www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au. This check is free for all Volunteers.

For any questions please email volunteertrackrangers@parks.vic.gov.au.

How to join

To apply please register your interest here.

 


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07:42

Local Snakes and Climate Change by a Gippsland Naturalist Gippsland News & Views Peter Gardner

Highlands Copperhead (Shawn Scott)

(My blog a few weeks ago Tiger Snakes and a warming Gippsland attracted a lot of attention. Here is some feedback from a well-informed source who prefers to remain anonymous.)

Just a couple of points on your comments about snakes and climate change.

As for Tiger snakes (Notechis scutatus), they have always occurred at significant altitude in places like Benambra. But according to some researchers who have studied alpine/sub alpine moss beds, tiger snakes were never seen in these beds thirty years or so ago, but now are reasonably frequently seen. The Copperhead and the Highlands Copperhead (Austrelaps ramsayi) have always been the snake of these areas, but the changing climate has given the Tiger a helping hand.

However, the best reptile indicator of climate change in the Gippsland Plains is the Eastern Brown Snake (Psuedonaja textilis). They have always occurred in significant numbers in the gorges and higher valleys where they are out of the cooling easterlies, and have significant rock outcrops to retain the heat they need to hatch their eggs. The Tiger, Copperhead and Black snake give live birth to their young (viviparous), so the gravid female can move to find warm niches, but the Brown snake cannot do this, as they lay eggs (oviparous) and the locality becomes more important.

In the 40 years I have been in this area, I have noticed a significant increase in sightings of Brown Snakes in the past 15 years on the Gippsland plains, compared to when I first arrived in this area, and was very active in the field. Also, during this same period, I have noticed the disappearance of the Lowland Copperhead (Austrelaps superbus) from the Gippsland Plains pasture country, and they are now only found in and around wetlands.

An excellent website on snake varieties in Gippsland can be found here.

 

Saturday, 18 November

21:48

Vegas 5 star million Dollar December Sale Wyld Family Travel

Family travellers looking for a 5-star getaway or just a weekend away from the kids look no further than Las Vegas in December. A recent survey by a luxury travel magazine tells us that, only 24 percent of U.S travellers have stayed at a five-star property more than once within the last five years. The cost being put down as the reason for this low number.

For most of us who work normal jobs 9-5 with a spouse, 2 kids a mortgage and bills its simply out of the question 95% of the time. * Hotwire, a leading online travel site, is seeking to change those statsand just in time for the holidays.

Speaking of Holidays Las Vegas really turns it on in December leading up to Christmas day. The desert heat and the neon lights are perfect for Santa and visitors to get out and about. You will find an array of Christmas events in Vegas such as the ones I have listed below

  • Ice Rink at the Cosmopolitan.
  • Ethel M Chocolates Factory and Cactus Garden.
  • Holiday Havoc at the Palms.
  • The Nutcracker.
  • LeAnn Rimess Today is Christmas at the Orleans.
  • Im Dreaming of a Wine Christmas at Downtown Container Park.
  • Bellagio Fountains.
  • Mystic Falls Park at Sams Town

Now back to the amazing prices you will be able to get in Vegas from the 8th of December through the 28th of December. What do you think would be an amazing price for a 5-star room in Las Vegas? Take into consideration the average retail rate for five-star hotels in Las Vegas in December comes in at $432. Today, Hotwire is kicking off an insane sale, a Million Dollar Sale. five-star hotels in Las Vegas for just $50, yes I did not leave out any numbers that $50. Since jumping onto the travel scene in 2000, Hotwire has partnered with thousands of hotels, airlines and car rental companies to help sell their remaining inventory. It is because Hotwire regularly offers deals on travel inventory that would otherwise remain unsold that they g...

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