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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pico-food-trial-photoCommunity based organic food trial commences on Phillip Island. Round 3 of the project is open with Expressions of Interest closing on April 30th 2015.

The innovative horticultural trial will be using Class A recycled water and will be managed utilising no-dig and permaculture design principles. The intention of the trial is to provide the community with a demonstration that profiles organic horticulture. A number of educational and social enterprise opportunities will also be coordinated as part of the trial with the aim of increasing knowledge, awareness and participation in local food system projects. Download the PICO Food Trial flyer for more details.

timber-cornerPhillip Island Landcare group has received great news that four applications for funding from the Victorian and Australian Governments were successful. Funded activities for 2015 now include tree planting and fencing subsidies for landholders. We are now looking for people interested in planting, whether it’s a shelterbelt to provide protection for your stock and pasture, to improve a degraded part of your property or provide a link between vegetation patches to assist local wildlife. Call or email Landcare staff member Lisa Wangman on  (03) 5951 3329, 0409 366 914 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange a site visit for advice on designing a project and meeting the guidelines for funding assistance. Project proposals are then put to the Phillip Island Landcare Group Committee for funding approval and successful landholders will then sign management agreements with Landcare and conduct their project.

PScourseA series of 6 sessions starts March 13th 2015

Landholders are invited to a new series of 6 field days, ‘Solutions on Farm – Farm Plan 21: Adapting to future challenges’ starting March 13th and running until May this year in Bass Coast. Explore innovative solutions to Farm Management with expert speakers from government and private enterprise. Topics include, Soil, Water, Pastures, Pest plants and animal management, Innovations on Farm, Farm layout and Vegetation management. This series is designed with a mix of theory, discussion and farm visits to local properties to look at local solutions to help you gain ideas for farm management that help to increase productivity and get the most from your farm.
Download the Solutions on Farm flyer with all details and contact Landcare staff member Lisa Wangman on (03) 5951 3329, 0409 366 914 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to register your interest.

BBMB-facilitites200Learn plant identification, seed collection and propagation skills

Have you ever wondered how plants you get from the nursery for your planting projects have been grown?

Come along to a free workshop series in 2015 to learn basic plant identification, seed collection and propagation skills with help from Barb Martin Bushbank Community Nursery and Phillip Island Landcare Group staff. 

Download the full two page Bushbank Workshop flyer with information on the series and a timetable of dates for the year.

All days will start at the Barb Martin Bushbank (second car park at the Koala Conservation Centre Complex, 1790 Phillip Island Tourist Road, Phillip Island) and there will be two per month until June and then one per month until December this year.  A flyer with all details for the year is being finalised and will be available by mid February. For more information and to RSVP contact Lisa Wangman at 0409 366 914 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

hauser11 years ago Jon & Marg planted 12 hectares of native trees. A year later they planted 25 hectares of commercial plantation timber. Now 10 years on they have a forest with its own microclimate which attracts a variety of native animals and birds. It is a great example of good land stewardship and the perfect environment for a farm walk.

feed-meThere are many soil amendments available on the market for farmers. But how do you know which one is fit for purpose? What rate is required and what about timing and cost? Come along to this field day to hear more about the selection and effective use of various soil amendment products

demonstrating-sustainableAre you a farmer who has a great idea relating to sustainable agriculture & 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 industry? 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. If you are interested, please read our FAQ fact sheet and EOI forms.