Inspirations: Ros Gibson, ANGAIR show

ANGAIR’s popular Wildflower Weekend and Art Show is on again this weekend, making a “thank you” timely for the dedicated team of volunteers at the helm.

Now in its 46th year, the show aims to raise awareness of the extraordinary natural treasures enveloping the township.

Ros Gibson, who began volunteering with ANGAIR in 1999 after moving to the area, said she hoped visitors to the show would gain a greater appreciation of the region’s significance and the need to protect it.

The area contains more than 600 indigenous plant species and more than 100 species of ground orchids, making the Surf Coast one of the top four international sites for these dainty flowers.

In addition to the show, ANGAIR’s volunteers maintain a variety of projects including native plant propagation, revegetation efforts, monitoring the rare grevillea infecunda, hosting educational nature walks and running seven working bees each month to contain environmental weeds between Ironbark Basin and Eastern View.

Ros says the group is passionate about maintaining accurate records of the district’s flora.

“If ANGAIR didn’t do it, I don’t think anyone else would, as there is a lot of work involved and hence it would be very expensive without volunteers,” Ros says.

“We are lucky to have a core group of knowledgeable people who are willing to share that knowledge for the benefit of the community.”

The show is on at the Anglesea Hall in McMillan St from 10am to 4pm this Saturday and Sunday. Entry is $5 for adults, $2 for students and pensioners, with children free.

Visitors will see local wildflower displays, and artworks, learn about environmental weeds and can purchase indigenous plants grown by ANGAIR volunteers. The Roaming Reptiles exhibit will have live snakes, lizards and crocodiles on show. Local experts will also take guided walking and bus tours to some of the main wildflower sites.

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