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2 RE-SOURCE I WINTER 2018 Wildlife-friendly fruit netting With recent distressing news about native wildlife being caught in fruit netting, Council is encouraging people to use wildlife-friendly netting and check fruit trees regularly. In a recent case, 25 rainbow lorikeets were killed in one netted fruit tree, with another 20 injured birds requiring rehabilitation. Fruit netting with large holes can be fatal to flying foxes, possums and lizards, as well as many other birds that feed on fruit. Wildlife-safe netting has holes of 5mm x 5mm or smaller, where you can't poke your finger through the holes. Netting should also be pulled tightly over the tree. Consider harvesting what fruit you need then remove netting to share leftover fruit with wildlife, and always remove netting when the tree is not fruiting. Please help keep our wildlife safe so it can be enjoyed by many generations to come. New Fauna of Hume guide The Fauna of Hume field guide showcases many of the native and introduced animals that live in Hume. The official launch was well attended by community members keen to identify our local wildlife. This resource was created as a companion field guide to the Birds of Hume. Both booklets aim to help connect people with nature and raise awareness of our unique wildlife. The beautiful images of mammals, reptiles and frogs were kindly provided by individuals from the Craigieburn Camera Club, Australasian Bat Society, Biosis, Wildlife Profiles, Bowerbird and Hume City Council. To request your free copy, please email or contact the Sustainable Environment department on 9205 2200. Small grants assisting landowners The Conserving our Rural Environment (CoRE) Small grant provides support to eligible landowners to manage and improve the quality of their rural property. To be eligible, the property has to be greater than 0.4 hectares and located in the Green Wedge, Green Wedge A, Rural Living and Farming zones. Small grants are not available to landowners who receive a rate reduction through the Agricultural Land Use Rebate. This grant is provided as a $300 (excluding GST) reimbursement by cheque following submission and approval of an annual application form. Landowners who've already returned their expression of interest postcards for the 2018–19 program will receive their application form in early July 2018. Landowners can still request an application form even if they didn't return their postcard. Applications for the Small grants close 31 March 2019. To check your eligibility or to request an application form please email or contact the Sustainable Environment department on 9205 2200.

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