Hidden in Plain Sight

Sharing a special few hours with local Gordon McCarthy can be enlightening. The number of birds, frogs, plants and insects that visit or live at Lake Lorne or McLeod Waterholes is amazing. I honestly didn’t realise how important these waterways are for so many different species. We looked at Kangaroo grass, Azolla, Yellow Spoonbills, Royal Spoonbills, Swans and cygnets, Coots, Moorhens, Laughing Kookaburras, a Long Necked Tortoise sunning itself, and so many more.

Gordon has a list of 101 birds that he has seen and recorded on either Lake Lorne or McLeod Waterholes. He recounts seeing more than one hundred Freckled Ducks since 2013 and on occasions approximately flocks of 200. I understand this is a significant proportion of the world’s population of this very rare and endangered duck. Other rare birds spotted at this special water system are Latham’s Snipe, Nankeen Night Heron and Musk Ducks, all vulnerable species in Victoria. I believe our community was incredibly fortunate that Gordon helped to avoid the erection of a 1.2metre fence being installed around Lake Lorne, this would have changed the ambience and Gordon believes the community ownership of the site.

Gordon is hoping to stop the mowing of the small creek bed between the South and North MacLeod’s Waterholes allowing reeds to grow in this waterbed and provide some safety for animals and birds moving between the two waterholes. Gordon also looks to the way that our birds have adapted to live within the non-native species of trees and vegetation that surround these precious water havens over the decades and hopes that the synergies developed will continue into the future. Many of the non-indigenous species provide sanctuary for the endangered and vulnerable


Course Guide

SpringDale Neighbourhood Centre offers classes as part of our mission and the purpose of our organisation. We do this in conjunction with many partners including all our tutors, a number of businesses and some Registered Training Organisations.

To find out which courses we have to offer, click the ‘Guide’ Icon – to the left – or click the following link to visit out new Courses Website.


The SpringDale Messenger is a locally produced publication detailing what’s going on at both SpringDale and the surrounding suburbs.

The most recent copy is available below, as well as at the front office.  If you live in Drysdale, Clifton Springs, Portarlington, Indented Head, St Leonards, or Ocean Grove and do not receive your FREE monthly copy of the messenger please contact the office

SpringDale Messenger

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SpringDale Artists Art Show

Monday 16th Jan – Thursday 26th Jan
10am – 4pm
Gold Coin Entry

SpringDale has enjoyed bringing Art Shows to our community for more than ten years, Our Art Shows allow aspirational artists to become semi-professional artists, turning a hobby into a lifestyle supporting profession. This is another way that SpringDale helps dreams to come true for so many people.

Why might someone come to an art show? You might be thinking that you have a blank space on a wall that you might like to fill with a piece of art from a local artist. You might like to invest some time in a cultural activity, to meet up with friends and exchange ideas and build community. You might like to increase your creativity and imagination by using techniques that Professor Terry Smith at the Warhol Museum encourages visitors to employ.

I paraphrase – being face to face with a work of art something starts to happen. Observe what’s in front of you, think about how it was made, think about when was it made, and then think about why they made this piece of art




SpringDale Summit

Thank you to our 509 community members who invested their time in our community by attending the Summit at SpringDale recently, or completed our Community Priority Survey.

Thanks to VicRoads staff for updating the community with regard to the Drysdale Bypass and High Street upgrade. Thanks to the City of Greater Geelong staff for being present to discuss the City of Greater Geelong 30 year Visioning project, Grant Langmaid for representing Victoria Police, Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning (DELWP), for providing a great deal of information about fishing in the area and some great show bags. Public Transport Victoria for providing Bus Timetables, Bellarine Aged Care Association for proving representatives to speak to our community and provide a great deal of information, Drysdale Clifton Springs Community Association, Committee for Bellarine and Bike Safe for the roles they played throughout the Summit

We have entered the data and have started the analysis to help us progress projects and ideas for the future. We will continue to upload information to our website and continue to encourage people to sign up for email notifications at maximum of two per month, typically just one at http://lists.springdale.org.au/phplist/?+subscribe

Holding these Summits is a goal of our current Strategic Plan and it is a method for ensuring any advocacy we perform is in line with our community goals and dreams.

Anne Brackley Coordinator SpringDale Neighbourhood Centre

PS we even managed to sneak in a little science fiction!