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THE VERMONTER NEWSLETTER- August 2009

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THE VERMONT CONSERVATION TRUST                                                            
CHAIRMAN -  ANDRE BEUGGER

The process to “redefine and protect” the status of the green belts has commenced.
This is great news!

Die vennootskap met die Overstrand Munisipaliteit, Cape Nature en die Vermontbewaringstrust (VBT) het aanleiding gegee tot die eerste fase van die assessering van die biodiversiteit van die groen stroke. Dit behels eerstens die bepaling van die areas, ‘n in-diepte ondersoek na plant- en dierelewe en dan die uiteindelike,  en hopelik verhoogde status as bewaringsgebiede onder die “stewardship”-program van die rolspelers te vestig. Ingesluit in die area het die Vermontbewaringstrust ook die vleiland in Lynxlaan genomineer as ‘n ekologiese sensitiewe area.  Die proses is egter ‘n tydsame en lang een!  Wat belangrik is, is dat ‘n begin gemaak is.

‘n Ernstige beroep word op inwoners wat aangrensend tot die groen stroke woon om meer verantwoordelik te wees ten opsigte van oorskreidingspraktyke asook die besoedeling van die ekologies sensitiewe areas. Daar word te veel gesien dat die groen strook ‘n stortingsterrein vir tuinafval word!  Die storting van indringer plantegroei, bv. Kikuyugras, is totaal onaanvaarbaar en dit sal waardeer word as die VBT ingelig kan word rakende sulke praktyke.

Elke groen strook het ‘n genomineerde inwoner (kry sy/haar naam by Pam Parkinson by 028 316 3257) om te help monitor en om wanpraktyke aan te meld. Wees verseker dat voordat die munisipale wetstoepassers ingeroep word, ‘n gesprek met die betrokke inwoner gevoer sal word om die saak te besleg.

 Die VBT wil ook vir Deon Louw dankie sê vir die besondere werk wat hy en sy span doen om die openbare omgewing netjies en skoon te hou!  Dankie, Deon!

VERMONT  RATEPAYERS ASSOCIATION

In die afwesigheid van die Voorsitter, Don McDonald, die volgende:

Die verfraaing van die sypaadjies het weer begin en Anita Taylor wag dringend  op versoeke vir bome. Kontak haar gerus op 082 430 8134 en raak betrokke by die aanplant en versorging van bome op ons sypaadjies. Bestellings by die verskaffers kan eers geplaas word as ‘n honderd bome bestel word. Die koste van die bome word deur die Overstrandse Munisipaliteit gedra, al wat ons moet doen is om te plant en te versorg. Die eerste week van September is weer genomineer as “boomplantweek”- kom ons doen ons deel.  Lentetyd is planttyd!

Die argivering van ons dokumente en rekords van die Vermont Belastingbetalersvereniging is in volle swang. Dit gaan ook oor die insameling van ervarings en herrineringe van die eerste inwoners van Vermont. Deel met ons u eerste tye in die duine van Vermont! Skakel gerus met Paul Pfister, (028 316 3425) Ons wil graag mettertyd so ‘n publikasie die lig laat sien en as u dalk weet van persone wat dalk nie meer in ons gebied woon nie en waardevolle ervarings gehad het, gee asseblief die detail van hom/haar aan Paul, ons sal graag met hulle kontak wil maak.

Ons wil weer ‘n versoek rig aan ons inwoners om meer versigtig in ons gebied te bestuur, let asseblief op stopstrate en spoed. Ons sien en ervaar te veel bestuurders wat stopstrate ignoreer. Die besoekers word meer in die lente en daar is meer mense op straat na die seisoen van “hibernering”- wees asseblief bedag op ons voetgangers!

VERMONT RATEPAYERS ASSOCIATION - ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2009

Its still quite a way off, but with the De Wet Hall getting booked up already, we had to fix a date for our AGM. So please diarise now, that the AGM will be at 6pm on Monday 7th December in the De Wet Hall, Onrus River.

This year, after the business of the AGM, well known wine expert Beyers Truter, who has a home in Vermont, will give a short talk, followed by a wine auction, and then a wine tasting. This is great news! More details in the next ‘Vermonter’.


FREE TREES !
ANITA TAYLOR

Calling all Vermonters, who are interested in planting and taking care of trees on their pavements, please contact Anita Taylor on 082 430 8134 or
anitat@everitt.co.za for FREE trees. We are hoping to plant Essenhout/Cape Ash and Wild Plum this year! Become a Tree buddy and make sure that Vermont remains one of the most beautifully natural areas around. Dankie aan almal wat reeds geplant het en so mooi na hulle bome kyk.

VOS COASTAL PATH UPDATE
JOHN BOWMAN

I wrote at length about the damage to the Coastal Path in the last Vermonter. Since then, steps have being taken to restore our Path to its former glory, as soon as possible. A meeting of the VOS committee, also attended by Clr Ben Solomon, was held. Several suggestions were discussed, not only to get the damage repaired, but also to prevent a re-currence. We have to accept that what happened in September last year, and again this past June are not ‘once in 50 years events’, as we originally thought, but could happen every year. Global warming? So repairs have to take this into account. Among the suggestions were placing ‘gabions’ on each side of the path in the vulnerable sections, or having  short concrete slopes, running up to the edges of the path, to lessen the impact of the waves. It was decided that a team led by Ben Solomon, and  including experts from the Municipality, and a couple of the more technically minded members of the VOS Committee, would do a site inspection of the entire damaged and vulnerable sections in Onrus and Vermont, and decide on the way forward. The large holes you will have seen dug next to sections of the path, are part of this analysis. But one thing was agreed unanimously: whatever repairs are done now, and any future sections built, will have to withstand a repeat of the past two years’ storms, and remain intact. Inevitably, this means that the cost is going to be more than in the past.

Unfortunately this means that most of the allocation of funds from the Municipality, which became available in July, and was going to be spent on new sections of path in Vermont, will now probably have to be spent on the repairs. However, Ben has managed to secure some funds for a shorter section of new path in Vermont. We had a look at this area, from the Jan Rabie pool going West towards the ‘sloepie’, and have decided on the appropriate route, keeping above the high water mark. Tenders for this section are being put out by the Municipality, and work should start shortly. We are delighted that at least something can be done in Vermont this year, and that those Vermonters who bought ‘memory tiles’ will now be able to see these in place in a section of the VOS Coastal Path here. Once again, our thanks to Vermonters who have bought tiles, or made donations to VOS.

 Finally, a plea to folk who use the path to help keep the environment of the path pristine, by picking up any litter they see along the way, and disposing of it at the next bin. Generally, people here are very good at not littering-although not all visitors are- but you can assist by also picking up litter which has washed in from the sea. Thank you.

VERMONT PAN
JOHN BOWMAN

Have you been to the Vermont Pan recently? What a wonderful asset this is to our suburb. Whenever I go there I am struck at how few folk seem to visit it and make use of the path around part of the Pan.  Following the recent rains the Pan is full, at near record levels, and bird life is prolific. Right now, the Heronry built a couple of years ago by Hermanus Bird Club, is a hive of activity, as White-breasted Cormorants go about building their nests. This species is now monopolising the Heronry. The Grey Herons, for whom the structure was intended, are reduced to finding space around the fringes of the Pan, or on the rocks in the middle, on which to build their nests!  There are also plenty of ducks and other water-birds on the Pan, like Cape Shovellers, Yellow-billed Ducks, Egyptian Geese, Red-knobbed Coots (also very busy building nests), and Common Moorhens. And occasionally, less common species such as African Purple Swamphens (Gallinules). The high water levels mean that there aren’t many waders, like Black-winged Stilts and Plovers, at present-they can’t get to their food source in the mud at the bottom.

For this reason, most of the group of over 100 Greater Flamingoes which were present a while ago have pushed off. However there are a handful left at present, in the North West corner. It was quite amusing watching one recently which, even with its long neck, was almost submerged getting to the bottom with its bill, leaving just its tail feathers sticking out! The only slight negative is an above average number of ‘miggies’ around the Pan. We’re not quite sure of the reason, but certainly it appears to be nothing to do with the bird life. Experts from the Bird Club, and others, are investigating.

DISTRIBUTION OF VERMONTER
The previous issue of the Vermonter was to have been the last where ’hard copies’ were printed. However, we have found that there is still a steady demand for the copies we left at the shops in our area. So we have decided to make a number of copies of each issue available at these ‘outlets’, and at the Onrus Markie. Meanwhile, those Vermonters with e-mail addresses which we don’t have yet please give them to Yvonne Lockhorst at:
mistyblue@hermanus.co.za.

DONATIONS
Our grateful thanks to a number of Vermont residents who have recently supported the Vermont Ratepayers Association financially by making donations
John Bowman
Editor
jldb@icon.co.za 
 028-316 4815

This edition of the Vermonter kindly sponsored by Theo Agenbag and Onrus Pharmacy. Thank you very much!

 

















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