Nerrena Tarwin Valley Landcare Group will revegetate one hectare of Damp Forest in the Ruby hills with fencing and planting of indigenous endemic vegetation to protect the draining lines, reduce erosion and provide habitat.

Three Creeks Landcare Group out and about planting.

LANDCARE groups in the West Gippsland Catchment Management region have shone brightly, with 15 Landcare groups receiving an injection of funds.

The state government allocated the grants totalling $348,293 across the region, with 15 project grants to support on-ground works, capacity building activities, community education and engagement that protects or improves natural assets such as native vegetation, native fauna, waterways, wetlands, and soils.

In addition, 35 support grants of $500 each will assist groups with costs such as administration, insurance and communications.

“We are really excited about the breadth of projects showcased across the region for the coming year,” said Sam Shannon from the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority.

“After a challenging time, we are looking forward to Landcare ramping up in 2022 and these projects achieving great results for the environment. Congratulations to everyone.”

Arawata Landcare Group
The group aims to support threatened populations of the koala and platypus by reversing the degradation of habitat and establishing new connected corridors.

Arawata Landcare Group is an amalgam of groups including Arawata, Fairbank, Kardella, Mt Eccles, Wild Dog Valley and Leongatha North.

The connected projects will allow works across a broader landscape and assist in achieving the goal of providing the right conditions for the movement and growth of Koala and Platypus populations.

Powlett Project Landcare Group
The group has a long history of revegetation and biodiversity protection works.

This passionate group has been responsible for planting over 1.5 million plants in the catchment over the past 18 years.

With less than 14 per cent of indigenous vegetation left, remnant vegetation protection and revegetation works are essential to ensure long-term viability of Powlett River Catchment and further develop biolinks.

The works will reduce erosion on farmland, protect remnant vegetation, control pest plants, increase habitat and provide opportunities for engagement.
Planting days will include a Cultural Heritage Awareness session with Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation.

Nerrena Tarwin Valley Landcare Group
The group will revegetate one hectare of Damp Forest in the Ruby hills with fencing and planting of indigenous endemic vegetation to protect the draining lines, reduce erosion and provide habitat.

The group will host a field day in to introduce the project and the benefits of a well planned and executed tree break.

‘Yarram Yarram’ Landcare Network
The network will undertake a project to enhance the important ecosystems that sustain the Gippsland coastal plain region of Victoria.

Two private landowners will deliver targeted on-ground projects on their properties near Woodside.

A total of 1.8 hectares will be revegetated using 2200 tube stock and native seed mix planted during autumn to create new wildlife corridors.

Connecting remnant patches of vegetation will improve biodiversity outcomes for the coastal plain and increase habitat for bird and fauna species, while contributing to drought resilience for this landscape.

Yinnar South Landcare Group
The group will work to improve streamside health, protect remnant vegetation and plant more indigenous plants at three sites in the Morwell River valley at Yinnar.

Fencing out stock will protect remnant vegetation, prevent nutrient run-off, stop compaction and erosion of stream banks and keep livestock safe.

South Gippsland Landcare Network
The network will undertake a 12-month citizen science dung beetle monitoring project to train local farmers to monitor dung beetles, in order to determine what species are currently established in the region and when they are active.

It will identify the gaps in dung beetle distribution and activity and start filling those gaps by releasing dung beetles bred in South Gippsland Landcare Network and Bass Coast Landcare Network’s current dung beetle breeding nurseries onto local farms.

Projects will be completed by November 30, 2022.