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HAPPY LANDCARE WEEK
to our valued volunteers
5662 5759 www.sgln.org.au
Drop into office:
Cnr Bair & Young Street, Leongatha
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday
9am-5pm for a chat and pick up a
free tree to celebrate
ANNUAL DINNER & AGM
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Grand Ridge Brewery
Guest speaker: Alan Pentland
A pioneer of Australia’s comedy scene
NATIONAL Landcare Week starts next Mon-
day, September 4 and runs through to Sunday,
September 10 but the South Gippsland Land-
care Network was getting in early to start its
celebrations when it staged a very successful
field day at the Farrell property at Fish Creek.
The day included a wrap-up by agronomist
John Gallienne on a successful ragwort trial be-
ing undertaken at the site – so successful in fact
that it was hard to find any ragwort plants at all!
Although that might have been partly down to
the time of the year.
Predictions are that there’s a tough year for
ragwort coming up and property owners need
to get on it.
There was also a highly engaging demon-
stration of weed spraying by the Sky Division
of Yamaha Motor Australia which has brought
out its high-performance, unmanned RMAX he-
licopters to Australia from Japan (where they
are extensively used on rice paddies) to show
their application in a wide range of roles in Aus-
tralia, from firefighting to pest control to weed
control, especially in inaccessible areas.
There was also a demonstration by Weed-
steamers, a locally owned firm that is making
great strides in metro Melbourne, where coun-
cils have ruled out the use of chemical sprays,
especially in children’s playgrounds.
Weedsteamers is also finding a call for its
methods on organic farms or where the use of
chemical sprays might be sensitive.
The day was heavily supported by Landcare
members from across the region but there were
also a number of prospective members and vis-
itors who attended the day.
Free trees from Landcare
Also as part of Landcare Week, anyone can
collect a free tree from the West Gippsland CMA
office on the corner of Bair and Young streets in
Leongatha, during Landcare Week, on Monday,
Tuesday and Thursday between 9am and 5pm.
Landcare Week is an annual celebration en-
couraging everyone, wherever they live and
whatever they do, to get involved in the Land-
care community and help protect and restore
our country’s valuable natural resources.
“Landcare groups and their members are
awesome. The funding arrangements have
changed but we’re still getting funding sup-
port and any funding that we do get is returned
at a rate of $9 for every $1 received, such is
the commitment by our members and their
groups,” said South Gippsland Landcare Net-
work Coordinator Jill Vella.
“We’ve got 16 groups in our network and they
always have a lot of projects on the go. The
weeds issue is ongoing. A lot of people have es-
tablished their trees but there’s still plenty to be
done there. We’re all about sustainable farming
and that’s where a lot of our advice and activi-
ties revolve around.
“But we’re still looking for and quite capable
of taking on projects big and small. There’s
still tremendous value-add in the things our
groups, members and local farmers do.”
On a very positive note the network has been
allocated approximately $97,000 in NLP Re-
gional Community Grants, Victorian Landcare
Grants and WGCMA Support Grants. This will
be signed off in the first week of September, with
successful project being notified at this time.
“We are also working out our deliverables for
the last year of the Healthy Soils project. This
wonderful project has delivered some really in-
spiring field days and useful management plans
for participating farmers.”
The annual general meeting of the South
Gippsland Landcare Network will be held on
October 7 at the Mirboo North Brewery fea-
turing entertainment by ‘Ferret’ from Fast For-
ward, comedian Alan Pentland.
THE Bass Coast Landcare Network will soon
be releasing sky-high footage of a recent event
that saw 25,000 trees planted.
The short film was recorded on a drone during
the tree planting on a Glen Forbes property.
The footage shows a time lapse of 200 Wont-
haggi Secondary College Year 9 students planting
Green Army volunteers helped out on the tree-
planting days and Gippsland Intrepid Landcare
Group members also planted thousands of trees.
The volunteers were lucky enough to also get a
bit of rain after each planting day to help water
them all in.
Landcare only plants between June and October
so they don’t find themselves having to water thou-
sands of trees. They’ve hosted many tree-planting
days and Bass Coast Landcare Network natural
resource management coordinator Dave Bateman
says the trees have about a 90 per cent survival
“It’s pretty good considering they’re putting up
with a very harsh environment.
“We use guards if there’s a rabbit or wallaby
problem, but if not we don’t use them.”
At a tree-planting day in August, volunteers
planted and placed guards around 1000 trees on
a Surf Beach property on Phillip Island.
Landcare volunteers love what they do and new
volunteers enjoy the positive impact they’re hav-
ing on the environment.
On July 22, members of the newly formed
Kongwak Hills Landcare Group were out in the
wind for their first tree-planting project.
Almost 2000 small native plants went into the
ground on a Kongwak property.
The reward for all the hard work was great
company, an opportunity to share food, wine and
ideas, and to eventually provide improved shelter
to a local farming enterprise, Isola Chianina.
Volunteers also spray herbicide around the
plants to prevent weeds. Dave says they usually
plant around 2000 plants per hectare.
“The way it works is landowners come to us
wanting to get more plants on their property,” he
“They give us a donation, we go out and find
some funding and get some community involve-
“The last one where we planted 25,000 trees,
that was the biggest one we’ve ever had and we
had Melbourne Water funding and Bass Coast
Shire Council Biolinks funding.
“It doesn’t cost landowners a lot of money, in
fact it costs them bugger all because we source a
lot of the funding.”
The Bass Coast Landcare Network ‘Works Crew’
also assists with Landcare projects. They’re a not-
for-profit community-based organisation promot-
ing sustainable land use and management.
The Works Crew was formed 11 years ago and
assists in on-ground Landcare project work, as
well as offering traineeships in the environment
They offer a range of services including weed
spraying, planting, vegetation assessments and
weed management plans.
Any profit generated by the Works Crew goes
back into the Bass Coast Landcare Network.
To get involved with your local Bass Coast
Landcare group, go to www.basscoastlandcare.
THE Bass Coast Shire Council and the Bass
Coast Landcare Network have been working to -
gether for 23 years.
Recently, the council agreed to allocate more
than $344,000 over four years to the network
to help volunteers promote sustainable agricul-
tural practises and increase biodiversity.
The network involves 10 local Landcare
groups, totalling more than 1000 volunteers.
The Bass Coast Landcare Network is more
than volunteers just planting trees.
Volunteers work to protect the natural re-
sources of the Bass Coast Shire, and establish
a strong, vibrant rural agricultural community
that’s ecologically sustainable.
Landcare is a respected brand in urban and
regional communities, and is often able to
reach landowners, educate them, and work
with them towards more sustainable land man-
In June, the Bass Coast Shire Council signed
a Memorandum of Understanding with the
Bass Coast Landcare Network, after the memo -
randum signed in 2006 expired.
It confirms support from both sides and gives
financial backing to the Bass Coast Landcare
The council will offer office space at Cowes
and Wonthaggi, and provide in-kind support
with access to Human Resources and occupa-
tional, health and safety advice.
In turn, the Bass Coast Landcare Network
will help to coordinate roadside weed spraying
programs by using local knowledge and maps,
respond to council inquiries into weeds and
pests, and provide technical expertise and ad-
vice to the council.
At the time of signing the Memorandum of
Understanding, Bass Coast Shire Mayor Pa-
mela Rothfield said, “Bass Coast Landcare
Network’s ability to work in partnership with
council to protect, maintain and enhance the
region’s biodiversity and agricultural sustain-
ability is intrinsically connected to the shire’s
The Bass Coast Landcare Network and Bass
Coast Shire Council aim to encourage sustain-
able land use and promote the conservation of
biodiversity across the region.
The council and Landcare also work to re-
verse land and water quality decline through
community action, knowledge and skills.
From 2007 to 2016, the council has allocated
nearly $1.4 million to the Bass Coast Landcare
Network to support environmental projects.
BASS Coast Landcare groups regularly orga-
nise days to plant trees in the local community.
There have been 15 tree planting days organised
by the Bass Coast Landcare Group in Bass Coast
and South Gippsland in the past two months and
more are planned for the coming weeks.
Volunteers have planted trees in Kongwak,
Korumburra, Bass Valley, Phillip Island and
in the ‘Three Creeks’ area, on the west side of
the Powlett River catchment including Bridge
Creek, Woolshed Creek and Archies Creek.
All planting days are from 10am to 1pm and
lunch is provided. It’s recommended volun-
teers bring a water bottle, and wear appropri-
ate shoes and weather-appropriate clothing.
Landcare also appreciates a call to the re-
spective staff member to assist with catering.
The next four tree planting days are at:
• 390 Inverloch-Kongwak Road, Kongwak on
Wednesday, August 30
• 960 Bena-Kongwak Road, Kongwak on Sat-
urday, September 2
• 1880 Loch-Wonthaggi Road, Ryanston on
Saturday, September 2
• 870 Korumburra Wonthaggi Road, Jum-
bunna on Sunday, September 3
For more information on the Bena-Kongwak
Road planting, call Geoff Trease on 0437 011
638. For all other tree plantings, call Dave Bate-
man on 0488 399 151.
Upcoming tree planting days
Landcare and council
a winning partnership
Sky-high tree planting
Landcare groups and their volunteer members are “awesome” according to South Gippsland
Landcare Network Coordinator Jill Vella, fourth from left, at a Landcare field day at Fish
Creek last Thursday. She was speaking on the eve of Landcare Week from Monday, September
4 to Sunday, September 10. Other Landcare members attending the day were, from left, Frank
Hirst Arawata LG member and Community Weeds Taskforce member, Sam Shannon Regional
Landcare Facilitator, Fergus O’Connor Mardan/Mirboo North LG, Jill Vella, Ari Bos Agnes LG,
Robyn Stevens Fish Creek LG, Merran Wilde Fish Creek LG, Geoff Whittker Arawata and Syd
White President Arawata LG and Community Weeds Taskforce member. m113517
Landcare celebrating in the way they know how
Signing a Memorandum of Understanding
in June is Bass Coast Shire Mayor Cr Pamela
Rothfield and Bass Coast Landcare Network
Chair Mike Cleeland.
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