Saturday 14th, June There's a fresh onshore SW wind with a 3-4ft swell. Very choppy conditions today with onshore Torquay and Bells an option. Otherwise get the SUP ouit and head for Cosy Corner or another protected bay nearby. High tide 8.33am at 1.28m Low 1.18pm at 0.74m. Sunday 15th, June Easing size from 3-4ft to 2-3ft at Bells and 13th, smaller elsewhere. Light winds, probably some form of NW. Monday 16th, June Building inconsistent 2-3ft waves at Bells and 13th (smaller elsewhere), clean with freshening N'ly winds. Tuesday 17th, June Inconsistent waves between 2ft and maybe 3ft at Bells and 13th in the morning, smaller elsewhere. Freshening N'ly winds, slight easing trend in the a'noon. Wednesday 18th, June Inconsistent 2ft waves at Bells and 13th, tiny to flat elsewhere. Slightly smaller surf into the a'noon. Freshening NW winds. Swellnet
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Remembering the Ash Wednesday Bushfire 1983

Wednesday, 16th February 1983

25 years ago today, in 1983, much of the Surf Coast Shire's coastline and hinterland was burnt by a massive bushfire. Ten years later, a small group of creative and dedicated Anglesea residents began to write a book about the disaster. This book is now presented online.

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Austral Grass-tree - Xanthorrhoea australis

by Marilyn Maddy-Byrne

Introduction | Austral Grass-tree | Tufted Grass-tree | Small Grass-tree | References

diagramThe Austral Grass-tree is the most commonly seen Xanthorrhoea growing around Anglesea. Its fire blackened trunk can grow up to 3 meters tall and is often branched. Its Koorie name is Bukkup or Kawee.

In grass trees the cross section shape of a leaf is an important feature in the initial identification of the species of Xanthorrhoea.

In the case of the Austral Grass-tree, the cross section of the leaf is roughly diamond shaped. The foliage is a bluish green (glaucous).

The Austral Grass-tree is not often seen in bloom. It is a species that relies on fire to stimulate its reproductive cycle.

On the flowering spike, if present, the flowers occur along more than half of the length of the spike. Sometimes flowers can cover 5/6 of the stem. An important feature of the flower is its six petals. You'll notice one in the photo to the right.

X.australis has a softer, less rigid foliage than other Xanthorrhoea. The old leaves generally hang down, skirt like, partly concealing the blackened trunk. The crown of leaves will be almost spherical in shape, the point of each leaf perfectly marking the shape of the imagined sphere.

X.australis flowers from July to December, but young plants can flower in June. This species also occurs in South Australia, the southern coast of New South Wales and Tasmania.


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