New date for AGM

The Friends of Cornish Hill will hold their postponed AGM on Tuesday the 1st of March – 5pm sharp – at the Table Tennis pavilion, Victoria Park, Daylesford. There’s lots of open (albeit indoor) air. Distance requirements will be maintained to comply with COVID – Safe protocols.

As many will know, Margie Thomas stepped down as FOCH Chair at the AGM in 2019 but has since also regrettably resigned from the FOCH Committee and FOCH.

Margie has done a fabulous job over her years at the FOCH helm and is owed many thanks for her vision and hard work.

There are vacancies for committee positions. Nominations for the AGM are encouraged.

Attendees are advised to bring their own folding chairs (in case chairs run out), plus anything they would like to drink. Friends of Cornish Hill will provide nibbles.

Double vaccination is a minimum requirement and you will be able to check in with the Daylesford Table Tennis Association’s QR code.

Please RSVP for the AGM to

Friends of Cornish Hill Memberships are now due. Membership fees for 2021 – 2022 are $20 per individual and $35 per family.

Deposits can be made direct to Bendigo Bank. Please make sure that your name is included in the reference field. Account details:

Friends of Cornish Hill



Chemcert Training

Hepburn Shire is funding Chemcert training during the current financial year. Five places are available for free. Contact Scott on 0419 504 588 or for further details.

Brian Bainbridge, Biodiversity Officer with HS, has kindly provided the following testimonial as to the training’s effectiveness:

This training supplies essential skills for those interested in using chemicals safely and effectively as part of your toolkit to manage weeds on the farm or in a bushland environment.

I have undertaken this training periodically over twenty years and during my most recent training was impressed by how the training now directly engages with the hazards and the contentious nature of herbicide use and gave space for discussion.

I learnt a lot from the array of perspectives being aired. My fellow students included a broad range of current and potential users of chemicals from individual landholders, farm employees, environmental weed contractor staff and students.

I completed the course much more confident to make effective decisions for weed control in bushland for my local Landcare projects, in my oversight of contractors, and on my own property.

(The photo below) shows Bird orchids emerging below dying Gorse plants. Training can inform the selection of timing, herbicide and rate needed to achieve desired results in bushland environments.