April will be a busy month for the Friends of Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden (ERBG), volunteers and staff. On Sunday (7/4) the regular First-Sunday-in-the-month guided walk will leave from the Garden’s Visitor Centre at 11 am. Please come five minutes early to talk to the volunteer guide about where you would like to walk, because as far as possible the walk will be tailored to fit visitors’ interests. Recent rain has revitalised the plants and put a spring underfoot in the grassed areas. Late summer flowers may be sparse, but Banksias are starting to thrust candle-like flowers up for their winter display, and the kangaroos are enjoying the new grass. In the past few months work has proceeded apace on the redevelopment of the Visitor Centre. Construction on the new café gives a clear indication of its aspect towards the lake, making it a very attractive place for a cup of coffee once work is complete. And, on Easter Saturday (20/4), ERBG will stage its Giant Plant Sale and Easter Fair. Visitors can expect to see huge discounts on plants, delicious home-baked products, the berry ice-cream van, craft and books stalls, a sausage sizzle and free fun for the kids. Don’t miss the Easter Bilby who is likely to make an appearance at around 10.30 am (you never can tell with Australian animals!). The Garden is located on the corner of Deep Creek Dam Road, five kilometres south of Batemans Bay on the Princes Highway. Opening hours are 9 am to 4 pm, Wednesday to Sunday, and every day during the NSW school holidays (13 to 28 April). Entry is free.
Jack Davis was an Australian 20th-century playwright and poet, and an Indigenous rights campaigner. He was born in Western Australia, in Perth, and lived in Fremantle towards the end of his life. He was of the Aboriginal Noongar people, and much of his work dealt with the Indigenous Australian experience