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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The Phillip Island Landcare Group is again coordinating its popular Annual Bunner Boiler Challenge and the 2016 event is looking to be bigger and better than ever. 

The date is set for Friday 18th of March and will include the opportunity for renowned and aspiring chefs and home cooks to present their best rabbit recipes in competition for prizes and local esteem.

The ‘Cape Kitchen’ restaurant in Forrest Caves will be the host venue for this evening which is held to raise awareness of the damage that rabbits are doing across our landscape and what we can do to help solve this problem.

The cost for this evening is $25 per head or $60 per family and drinks will be available from the venue at bar prices (no BYO).

Aspiring chefs will need to register, there will be up to 20 entries considered this year and each entry will be supplied with two rabbits for $10. These can be picked up from Landcare by arrangement before the event.

RSVP is also essential for people wanting to attend, please contact Joel Geoghegan on 0409 705 652 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register as a chef or to attend this evening. 

Want to know how to prepare for dry conditions and manage your land effectively in dry conditions or drought?

The Port Phillip & Westernport CMA and Agriculture Victoria are running a dry conditions workshops on the 18th at the  Koo Wee Rup Community Centre 9:30am- 12:30pm

To register please go to  https://register.eventarc.com/33278/preparing-for-dry-conditions-workshop-koo-wee-rup

These workshops will provide information and resources on drought preparedness, climate variability and mulching options in horticulture.

Topics include:

  • Stock Containment areas
  • Protecting pastures during dry conditions
  • Feed budgeting
  • Animal welfare
  • Farm water supply (livestock and horticulture)

For more information see the flier 

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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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.

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