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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Learn from some of the industry innovators about how to harness CARBON to increase production on farm.

This field day is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for farming landholders.

The Davie family are passionate about having the healthiest livestock, grazed off cost effective pasture and crops, and completely removing their environmental carbon footprint; all achieved through an open minded and flexible approach. On the first trial paddock, the Total Organic Carbon has improved from 160 tonnes/ha to 220 tonnes/ha within three years.

This FREE field day will be hosted by Bob and Anne Davie at the Bimbadeen family property on Phillip Island. A barbecue lunch with meat supplied by Gippsland Natural will provide an opportunity for landholders to network with each other, the hosts and the industry innovators.

Registration is essential! Please email or phone Rosie Scott-Thompson:

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for more information and a flyer click here 

With summer over and the fruit trees losing their leaves, it is the time to capture a bit of that summer sun in a bottle. The beginning of May saw an enthusiastic group of future ‘bottlers’ gathered at Bass Community Hall to learn the basics of preserving fruit.

This was another free ‘Future Homes’ event in the Bass Coast Shire, assisting residents to prepare for a healthy sustainable future. For more information on the event click here

The ‘Future Homes’ program has two more free sessions before July: ‘Keeping Carbon on Farms’ and ‘Community Gardens for Everyone’.

Enquiries can be directed to Rosie Scott-Thompson at Bass Coast Landcare Network. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0409 366 914. 

Does revegetation with indigenous plants really bring back biodiversity?

Crested Shrike tit ct580 580x412[1]On my property the answer is a resounding yes.

I purchased a five acre paddock at the top of the catchment for a tributary of the Powlett river surrounded by farmland in 2007. Since arriving I have planted out around half my property with indigenous vegetation being careful to create a diverse structure of ground covers, under storey and over storey plants.

For more information click here 

What is limiting production?

Where: Ross Batten, Madeline and Bernard Buckley’s property “Quatro Bras”, 160 Buffalo-Waratah Road

When: Friday 29th April, 2.00 – 4.30 pm

Pasture trial looking at methods to deal with acid mat, low fertility exploring options to improve production.

Soilkee renovator trial with sowing in Autumn and Spring.

We will discuss results to date and strategies to identify what is limiting production on South Gippsland Soils.

For more information click here, or to RSVP contact Jenny O’Sullivan on 0419 153 377 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Workshop - Friday, 29th April

Wildlife Monitoring & Conservation on private land.

Dave setting up cameraTrust for Nature and the Bass Coast Landcare Network are running a FREE workshop and property tour at Woodleigh  for landowners in the area. For more information click here 

When: Friday, 29th April from 10am to 1pm.

Where: 110 Edden Road, Woodleigh

A barbeque lunch will be provided. Please RSVP for catering, including any dietary requirements.

RSVP: by 27th April 2016 to

Lauren Fraser (0419 354 853, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .au)  or
Dave Bateman (
0488 399 151, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bass River Dairies Field Day Visit.

Situated in the beautiful bass valley, The Bass River Dairies demonstrates what can be achieved through hard work and creative thinking. The operation is a wonderful example of agricultural innovation and diversification.

You are invited to join us for a tour of the dairying and cheese making operation. Meet the landowners who have undertaken this journey and hear their story. Also meet representatives from the Bass Coast Shire Council who will provide information on how they can assist further innovation and diversification in Bass Coast.

Date/Time: Tuesday 26th April Time: 10.00am to 1pm Venue: Bass River Dairies, 2135 Bass Hwy Bass.

Look out for the Landcare event sign. Lunch will be provided. For more information click here

 Please contact Joel Geoghegan on 0409 705 652 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We need your booking by Wednesday 20th April for catering purposes. 

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.