Noel Boyle is a passionate community worker, spending many hours at Lake McIntyre and The SE Family History Group and is a regular visitor to 5THE FM on the morning show, bringing listeners up to date with the latest in water levels at Lake Mac, and visitors to the Lake and to the History Group.
Noel has provided the following news for our readers from this months interview on 107.7.
Lake McIntyre News
“I suppose the water out at the Lake seems to be the main discussion about Lake McIntyre at the moment. This time last year it was 1.09 metres , today it is 1.45 metres. The highest it got to last year was 1.59 metres. So we are heading to that height very quickly. Another indicator that the water is rising is that it is now under the boardwalk which people like to see.
For Arbor Day this year we had the McArthur Park Kindy kids assisted by children from St Anthony’s school planted a number of small shrubs over the side between the little hump bridge and Foster’s Hill, Toyota sponsored the tree planting and the Millicent branch purchased the shrubs. Wattle Range arranged the dirt and mulch and the Lake McIntyre volunteers helped with the planting. They are all native plants but not all from around this area. The weather held off and a great day was had by all.
Still on the subject of plants out at the Lake, the children of the Newberry Park School children are planting a number of native grasses, ground cover and small types of butterfly attracting native plants in a recently prepared area. These plants are grown by the children, with the help of Angela Jones, from locally collected seeds. This is happening on Thursday. It is really great to see the children become involved. We have laid old and new mulch and a number of logs to encourage lizards and insects to the area.It would be nice one day to visit the area and see an Echidna up there. This is an area of the lake we call Foster’s Hill.
A number of things are always happening at Lake McIntyre. Most things you cannot see but they add to the overall beautification of the Lake. We try to keep the grass down around the areas that the ride on lawn mower cannot get to. Lots of branches, as the trees get older, lose their branches and some wattles that have only about a seven year life are always falling over. We don’t clean everything up because a lot of area we want the branches to break down as it helps the insects and smaller birds to survive. One of our members is spraying for Bridle creeper as he advised us the best time is July and August to get the best results. I have to visit one of the islands this month to spray for Bridal creeper. I’m in two minds about how to get there as it is only a short distance to the island I want to visit. Do I wade out or take a canoe?
It has been a little cold in the mornings out at the Lake the last month or so when we have had working bees at 8am, especially when it has been a frosty morning. It is strange- if I was at home I’d say it was too cold to go outside and work in my own garden but out here it is different.
In fact, as we speak, a group have been out early conducting a bird survey at the Lake this morning. As the water level rises, different duck species leave and others arrive. So there is always a lot of coming and going. If it is a wet year, like now, the birds are able to disperse over the South East.
This months bird sightings included the Freckled Duck, Blue-billed Duck, Musk Duck, Eastern Yellow Robin, Eastern Spinebill , Eastern Rosella and also the Yellow tailed Black Cockatoos. The Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos are those magnificent slow flying birds that don’t fly over Millicent. Nothing like those noisy White Corellas that fly around. Well this month a number of them landed in the Banksia Maginata near Osborne Hut and were really enjoying themselves. It is the first time I have seen them land for such a length of time out at the Lake.
So its still all good news at the lake.”
South East Family History Group
“We usually have a guest speaker at our monthly meetings, which are held on the 4th Thursday of each month up at Research Centre which was the Millicent Primary School. Last month we had June Haggett and Monty Smith as part of their promotion of their new book about South Australians that served in the Boar War between 1899 -1902. It is titled “A Jam Tin of Mosquitoes”. This title came about because Henry Grainger M.P. for Wallaroo famously stated that as the war would be over in a month we had better send a jam tin of Mosquitoes. It is a 377 page book and a lot of research went into it.
The South East Family History group for a number of years have been to supply a history of one of the fallen soldiers from the names on the Cross of Sacrifice in Millicent for the Dawn Service on Anzac Day. With all this history being collated it was decided to compile a book on the names of the soldiers from the Wattle Range Council who gave their lives in the First World War. Any profits that we get from the sale of the book will be given to R.S.L. and Legacy.
This month’s talk will be by Kathy Gandolfi on the Williams family. The Williams family has long been associated with Mt Graham.”
by Noel Boyle for 5THE FM’s wattlerangenow