Book Launch Hugely Successful

On a balmy Barrabool Hills evening under a cloudless sky, the party to launch the “Flora ot the Hills” book began with a “Welcome to Country” ceremony by members of the Wadawurrung tribe, in front of an audience of 60 plus people at Ross and Lyn George’s little chunk of paradise-“Barraview”.

The research, compilation, editing and publication of the book was masterminded by students and staff of the Gordon TAFE College, under the supervision of Angie Poole. Local guidance was provided by Kaye Rodden, Stephen Murphy and Elissa Ashton-Smith (Geelong Landcare Network).

Concurrent with the production of the book was a photographic competition to find a suitable image for the front cover. Brien Cohn, chief judge of the competition, announced the 3 winners:

  • Best Junior and winner overall: Amber Conron,
  • Best camera shot: Geoff Anson and
  • Best phone shot: Stephen Murphy

Prizes for the competition winners were sponsored by Austeng

Jim Seager (in red) presents gifts of appreciation to Elissa Ashton-Smith, Stephen Murphy and Angie Poole


A selection of the entries can be seen on this website under “Resources/Gallery”.


Mr. Gib Wettenhall, representing the Wettenhall Environment Trust, the project’s major sponsor, officially launched the Book.

Many thanks to our sponsors of the Book – Wettenhall Environment Trust, Bendigo Bank, Surf Coast Shire and the Gordon, plus the sponsors of the evening – Barrabool Hills Brewery and Barwon Ridge Wines.

A pdf file of the book itself can be found on this website. Go to “Publications”, find “Flora of the Hills” and click on “Read Blog detail”. At the bottom of the page click on the green text “flora of the hills”.

A limited first edition of the book was distributed to those members who attended the event. A second edition is expected to be published shortly, and will be available from the Barrabool Hills Landcare Group.