The Kuyang exhibition is a collaboration between the Lake Bolac Eel Festival Committee and the Warrnambool Art Gallery. In March 2012, artists Trevor Flinn, Rachel Peters, Nathan Wilkinson, Paul Mason, Sandra Aitkins and Graeme McDonald took part in the Healing Walk, an event that occurs each year prior to the Eel Festival. The walk in 2012 started at Lake Bolac and followed the Salt Creek and the Hopkins River down to the Hopkins Falls near Warrnambool. This exhibition traces their response to that experience. Go to Healing Walk for more information.
Sat 9th February–Sun 7th April 2013
Heidi Victoria MP, (Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier & Assisting the Premier with the Arts), David Allen, (Lake Bolac Eel Festival), Una Allender (Lake Bolac Eel Festival), Noelene Fraser (Lake Bolac Eel Festival), Patrick West (Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, Deakin University)
From left to right: Trevor Flinn, Paul E Mason, Rachel Peters, Sandra Aitken,
Nathan Wilkinson and Gareth Colliton Warrnambool Art Gallery. (absent – Graeme McDonald)
Peter O'Rorke Native Grass and Wildflower Reserve
Twenty-five enthusiastic helpers, two children and four dogs – including healing walkers and friends of the festival from Melbourne, Warrnambool, Mortlake, and Ararat, members of the Eel Festival Committee and other locals – worked hard to create the Native Grass and Flower Reserve on the foreshore at Lake Bolac over the weekend of May 14 and 15 2011.
The steep lake-bank site had been prepared by spraying, burning and chipping out clumps before being pegged out with weed mat. Volunteers then planted 3,000 indigenous grasses and wild flowers of local provenance, propagated by David Franklin of Franklin Plant Native, Chatsworth.
Continuing this task, students from Lake Bolac College planted out 3,000 plugs of wallaby grass. Another batch of plants, which are not yet quite big enough, will go in later this year.
The massed planting of these low-growing flowers and native grasses will provide a beautiful display for the enjoyment of visitors, while, at the same time, protecting the bank from erosion. It will also serve to highlight the need to protect, restore and improve biodiversity through sustainable land management of native grasslands.
It is anticipated that once established the site will require minimal maintenance, with an occasional slashing or burning, and there will no longer be a need for any regular mowing on this steep bank.
The project is funded by a Caring for our Country Grant from the Australian Government.
P. O'Rorke Reserve
23-25 March 2018