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?


Bass Coast Landcare SmallThe Bass Coast Landcare Network Board would like to invite you to come along to our Annual General Meeting on Sunday the 8th November at 11:00. See the AGM Flyer for details.

Hear from Gill Freeman from Grow Lightly about our local food systems. People must eat, and Grow Lighty believe it’s important to make truly fresh food available; to reduce food miles to an absolute minimum by eating local wherever possible; and to recognize the environmental cost of food production. They also know that growing food locally assists the local economy.

comm orchardThe Bass Coast Landcare Network in partnership with the Demonstrating Sustainable Farm Practices Project is setting up a new Diversification and Innovation Discussion Group. This new discussion group will be set up in early 2016 and will include field visits and guest speakers. You, the participant will be asked to contribute ideas that will guide the group’s activities. Contact Joel Geoghegan for information on 5678 2335 or use the EOI Form to register your interest.

BMBB photo SmallAre you interested in growing native plants? Join Bass Valley Landcare at the new Bass Community Nursery for a series of free workshops and activities on collecting seed and growing plants. The workshops and activities will be held throughout spring & summer 2015/16 covering all aspects of growing local plants; basic plant identification, & seed collecting, sorting, propagating, & sowing. Volunteers can take their pick from a range of days and activities. There will be guided field trips to local reserves for plant identification and seed collection, a niche direct seeding trip, and work shop days to learn new skills or brush up on old ones. For more information, download the flier

Site200The Philmac Project was established to provide cash grants of up to $5000 to community organisations in rural and regional Australia. Bass Coast Landcare Network’s submission to develop a community garden & orchard, and trial alternative agricultural crops at Bass has been approved.

A judging panel will select grant recipients from short-lists of projects with the most public votes, SO PLEASE VOTE FOR OUR PROJECT, like our entry on our Facebook page, email the voting link to your networks.

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The French Island Landcare Group is running a series of two field days which will help participants learn the values of native vegetation and the benefits it can provide to agriculture. The dates of the event October 24th and November 28th. If you are interested in attending please contact Joel Geoghegan on 0409 705 652 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Refer to the FI Flyer for further details.

PPA-works-continuesTo allay any concerns, be assured that the Pest Plant and Animal functions of the Bass Coast Landcare Network have not disappeared. The same partnerships and functions will continue as before (see PPA page), and as these functions are core to any Landcare network, efforts for increasing the funding for PPA activities will continue. With that in mind, we are very keen to hear about any projects groups or individuals might like to undertake. If you have any ideas please contact Robbie Gray This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 0448 386 724.

orchard-plantingsThanks to the hardworking efforts of Year 9 Students from Phillip Islands Newhaven College the Phillip Island Community Orchard horticultural demonstration project is up and running.  On a cold and rainy afternoon, 20 students worked with project coordinator Adrian James to spread mulch, plant 500 seedlings and sow a perimeter crop of Comfrey roots as a weed and pest suppressant.  

Read more in the Orchard Press Release