General Members Meeting


Dear all,

Royal Park Protection Group is holding a GENERAL MEETING with a most interesting speaker and you are invited.

When: SATURDAY JUNE 19th 2021

Time: 1.45pm for 2pm start

Location: Walmsley House  161 Gatehouse Street Parkville

Come and learn about Microbats

This meeting was initially planned for 2020 but Covid intervened

Our Guest Speaker is Dr Lindy Lumsden  

Principal Research Scientist, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning 

Her Topic: Microbats

Bats play an important role in controlling insect numbers, including a range of pest species, by eating up to half their body weight in insects in a night.  However, due to their small size, nocturnal behaviour and cryptic roosting habits, these valuable native mammals are rarely seen and are often portrayed negatively in the media. 

Lindy is passionate about trying to reverse these negative perceptions and conducts a wide range of extension activities to educate and enthuse people about the bats.  In her talks she describes fascinating and little known aspects of the natural history of these nocturnal creatures. As most people do not have the opportunity to see bats close up, she brings along a live bat to show at the end of her talk. 

Lindy is based at the Arthur Rylah Institute, the wildlife research institute of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, where she has been conducting ecological research on bats for over 35 years.  Although based in Victoria, her research has also taken her to remote areas of Australia, and to many countries overseas.  

RPPG Working Bee 12 May

Dear all,

The next RPPG and FoRP working bees in the park will be:

When: Wed 12 May

Time: 10am-12noon. 

Activity: Continuing infill planting at the Royal Park West Remnant Site.  

Where to meet: Meet at the Ross Straw Pavilion, off Manningham St, Parkville West.  

This is a “rugged” site so wear sturdy shoes and BYO gloves. 

Morning tea provided.

Brens Remnant Planting – Update

Brens remnant planting update

The first day of planting went well although there were some late cancelations.

Some of those arriving at 10 stayed through to 2pm to assist which was most helpful.

It was lovely to see so many new faces.

We managed to plant 1,000plants

This leaves us almost 1,600 to go which will certainly keep us busy on Sunday May 16th

Do come and help. It is good fun and not too arduous.

Brens Remnant Area Planting

Nearly a year ago we were successful in the Communities Environment Program awarding us monies to revegetate the Brens Remnant area to provide habitat and food for birds and insects.  We have purchased over 2000 plants for this area!

We thank Adam Bandt and his team for helping us to secure this grant.

After an enforced delay due to COVID we are now ready to begin the plantings and we would love to see you there!

First planting:

What: Brens Remnant planting

Date: Saturday 17th April 2021

Time: 10am and 12 noon (2 sessions)

Second planting:

What: Brens Remnant planting

Date: Sunday 16th May 2021 (NOTE DATE CHANGE!!)

Time: 10am and 12 noon (2 sessions)

What to bring:

Due to COVID we will have limited ability to provide food and drink (some snacks and bottled water will be available).

There will be trowels and gloves available but if you can please bring your own.

Other: Sunhat, gloves, water and lunch.

Parking is available at the State Netball and Hockey Centre or come by Train to Flemington Bridge Station or Tram 58 Stops 24/25 Tram 59 Stop 22.

Please book so that we can manage the event successfully!

To enable us to manage the event please book (free) online using “Sticky Tickets” at the link below:

For 17th April event:

For 16th May event:

Happy Birthday Paul P!

About our Paul what can you say

He works for the environment every day

Well believe it or not, this sprightly man

This Saturday marks an eighty year span

Life lived to the full with energy great

Always on the move, no time to wait

Working in the park, cleaning the creeks

To help worthy causes he actively seeks

So to our esteemed committee member and our friend

Happy Birthday Paul,

May your enthusiasm for life never end

RPPG Working Bee 18 Nov 10am

At last an opportunity to work in the park again!

When: Wednesday Nov 18th

Time: 10am to 12 noon

Where: Meet at the Walmsley House, 161 Gatehouse St, Parkville (Royal Parade end)

BYO gardening gloves, water bottle, hat, sunscreen.

We will either work in the nursery compound or remove old tree guards in the park 

We will have up to 10 people in a group to comply with restrictions.

Covid-19 precautions will apply, including 1.5m distancing, hand sanitising and definitely do not attend if you have any coronavirus symptomseven mild, fever, headache, cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath or breathing difficulties, chills, body aches or  diarrhoea.

RPPG Working Bees


Working bees in Royal Park are held regularly.

When: first and third Wednesdays of each month

Time: 10am -12noon.

Where: Meeting place will be Walmsley House unless otherwise advised.

Closer to the date the task and location will be advised.

These are held in concert with Friends of Royal Park and Serco.

BYO water bottle and gloves

Working Bee – 21 August 10am

The next working bee will be at the Brens Remnant Native Vegetation site.

When: Wednesday 21 August

Time: 10am-12noon

Where: Meet at St Georges Grove, Parkville West

Hope you can come help plant these special species there are a few hundred to plant!!

Contact for more information:

Chris 0437 925 553 (SERCO)

Kaye (FoRP)

Anne 0412 279 156 (RPPG)

Paul 0401 99 2000 (RPPG)

Working Bee 17 July

The next working bee will be:

When : Wednesday July 17

When: 10-12noon

Where: Meet at Walmsley House

This time we will be removing tree guards to newly established plants.