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Vale Alan Bartram

Time and Tide wait for no man.

Alan was a big man. An indisputable fact.

Everyone who knew him would know that, but not everyone knew the breadth of his ‘big-ness’.

In Alan’s case he was big in all dimensions. Mostly we’ll remember him for his generosity of spirit. Always a welcoming smile and great company. His humour and lively and informed conversationalist qualities confirming his big heart. He was great company, and together with Teresa they were always welcoming hosts. You could always be guaranteed good food, wine and conversation at their place.

Vale Alan Bartram

Making Headlines

The Co-op has been featured in two recent landcare publications.

Making Headlines

Celebrating 50 Years

The weather and the hospitality was warm and inviting as members (past and present), friends and associates of the Co-op gathered at the Christmas Hills Hall for an evening of celebration.

Celebrating 50 Years

Vale Tim Ealey

Tim Ealey died in late October after battling a chronic respiratory condition over several years.

Tim was one of the major figures who were inspirational and instrumental in protecting the Bend of Islands and developing the Environmental Living Zone (ELZ). Tim provided the intellectual and scientific heft behind the concept of ‘Residential Conservation”.

Vale Tim Ealey

New Orchids Identified

It's been a fantastic season for wildflowers on the Co-op, especially for orchids: Spider orchids, Duck orchids, Tiger orchids, Leopard orchids, Beard orchids, Caladenia's and Sun-orchids in particular.

And two new orchid species were identified for the Bend of Islands.

New Orchids Identified

Richard's Story

About a year ago I went ‘round the bend’.

I moved into a conservation co-operative in the Bend of Islands, a unique residential community located on the Yarra river about 50 minutes northeast of Melbourne.

The idea came out of the blue, via an ad for a house that instantly answered my growing desire to connect with two undervalued - but to my mind essential - elements of life: community, and nature.

Richard's Story

A new sport hits the Co-op!

There are a number of nest boxes on the Round the Bend Conservation Co-op. I say ‘a number’ because none of us were exactly sure what that number was. They had been erected at different times over the years and though as it turns out they were by no means dormant, any monitoring of them had long since gone into hibernation. So back in May this year (’20) a few of us decided to institute a bit of good old scientific rigour, go visiting and see if anyone was at home.

A new sport hits the Co-op!