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?
The need for a rabbit strategy was identified through strong working partnerships between the Bass Coast Shire Council, Bass Coast Landcare Network, and the Phillip Island Nature Parks. Several additional stakeholders and key land managers were invited to form a working group, set the terms of reference, and steer the development of this strategy. They include Melbourne Water, Parks Victoria, South Gippsland Water, VicRoads, and Westernport Water.
Further information and the full report is available here
The Bass Coast Landcare Network Public Fund is looking to encourage individuals and community groups alike to submit project applications, no matter how large or small, for consideration.
This second round of applications will close on Sunday 31st July.
For more information or to apply for the funds click here.
Alternatively if you wish to help by making a donation. All donations over $2 are tax deductable. For a donation form click here
On Thursday 23 June 2016 BCLN will be running a bus tour to look at the 3 largest Revegetation and remnant protection projects over the past 5 years.
The sites are all part of the Biodiversity Fund project which will be finishing up on June 30 this year.
The 3 sites have all trialled new and innovative techniques including hiko planting, pre germinated direct seeding and tubestock planting.
These sites have had a combined total of 80,000 plants put in over the past 5 years and are showing some great results so far.
We will be having a great lunch at Prom Country cheese. 9:45 am start from the Bass Office returning at 3 pm.
For additional details please see the attached flier.
Situated in Blackwood Forest in beautiful South Gippsland, Gippsland Mushrooms demonstrates what can be achieved through hard work and creative thinking.
Founded in 2013, the operation is a wonderful example of agricultural innovation and diversification.
You are invited to join us for a tour of the property and learn about the art of mushroom growing.
Meet the landowners who have undertaken this journey and hear their story.
For further information click here for a flyer.
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’.
Does revegetation with indigenous plants really bring back biodiversity?
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
Local 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.