Bass Coast Landcare Welcomes You

home1-100How important is our land?

Have you, like us, ever considered how important the land actually is to us?  How vital its proper management and continuing health are to our well being and economy?

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Joe-with-stock-in-stock-containment-areaDoes your farm have wet soils? Farming on river flats when combined with high rainfall and heavy clay soils can make this a real challenge to farming enterprises, especially for beef and dairy producers.

A Field Day on how to manage wet soils to minimise damage by livestock will be held at Chris Johnson & Joe Seawright’s property “Riverbanks” at Heath Hill on Friday the 26th September. The property is located on the river flats beside the Lang Lang River.

rabbitThe Bass Coast Landcare Network are developing the production of a ‘Rabbit Control Strategy’ for the Bass Coast area with support and contributions from interested organisations and community members. The target area for the Strategy is the Bass Coast Shire Council, French Island and the areas within the South Gippsland Shire serviced by the Bass Coast Landcare Network. A ‘Working Group’ has been established and the document is due to be completed in draft form for comment by the end of October 2014.  Your feedback would be much appreciated.  For further information on the Strategy please contact Matt Stephenson or Rob Gray at the Bass Coast Landcare Network.

Rob-Gray-planting-woodleigh-smallOver the past 8 weeks the Bass Coast Landcare Network groups have planted 50000 plants through a combination of Community planting events, corporate planting days and the Bass Coast Landcare Network works crew. The Largest planting was at Peter Xuerbs and Melanie Durkins property at Kongwak.  The Bass Coast Landcare Networks works crew with the help of the Korumburra and Kongwak Landcare groups planted a total of 18000 indigenous plants at the Foster creek site over a two week period.This sight is of great importance as it is so large in scale and it will form the missing link in continuous vegetation along 7km of Foster creek. Bass Coast Landcare network has worked in partnership with the West Gippsland Catchment management authority who has removed the willows from the site.

law-image-smallLocal Landcare identity Lew Potter was fossicking around a Numurkah storeroom some time ago and stumbled upon an old records book from the Dookie Courthouse. A history buff , Lew began reading through the ledgers for interesting stories and anecdotes from the goings on of the district courthouse during the period around 1898. It did not take long for Lew to discover a story which has some relevance to our ‘war against weeds’, and puts into context the seriousness with which the authorities at that time took with matters of the threat posed by invasive weed species.

demonstrating-sustainableThe Fert$mart project aims to assist dairy farmers with their soil and fertility management.  Benefits of Fert$mart are many including; on farm savings of nutrients resulting in financial rewards, determining the right product for your soils, at the right rates and potentially nutrients being retained on farm resulting in less nutrients entering the broader catchment.

demonstrating-sustainableAre you a farmer who has a great idea relating to sustainable agriculture and would like to test your idea to see if it actually works? Have you ever wished that funding was available to trial something that you think has great benefit to the farming community? This is your opportunity! The Western Port Catchment Landcare Network can assist farmers to establish demonstration sites on up to 40 farms within the Western Port or Yarra catchments to showcase sustainable farming practices. Expression on Interests and more information is available in Word Format and PDF Format.

futurehomesYou are invited to participate in the Future Homes Program. Run by the Bass Coast Shire Council, in collaboration with the Bass Coast Landcare Network.  This program is designed to help you save money, create a sustainable home and prepare you for impacts of climate change.

Events Calendar

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