Welcome to Amber Creek Farm, a 165 acre property owned and managed
by Dan and Amelia Bright.
A great turn out of over 60 people officially launched the River Garden, a community garden, trials, innovation and education precinct on the banks of the Bass River on Saturday 9th of December. A welcome and introduction by Education officer Peter Baird outlined the future vision for the space and how the community can get involved in this exciting new project. After a tour of the site, expert Horticulturalist Jarrod Ruch showed participants how to construct a no dig garden, on contour swale systems for efficient movement of water and how to espalier fruit trees in a very informative session.
Participants also had the chance to put forward their ideas on what they would like to see happen and be involved in at the River Garden. We look forward to working with all of you to make these ideas a reality!
Watch this space and our facebook page for informative videos from the day to be released over the coming weeks.
To register your interest in being a part of the River Garden please call our office at Bass on (03) 5678 2335 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Phillip Island Landcare Group celebrated their 30 year anniversary in early December at an event staged at Bill Cleeland’s farm. Following the group’s Annual General Meeting the anniversary event kicked off with a farm walk lead by Mike Cleeland, which took in some of the many Landcare activities conducted on the property over the years.
The evening formalities included presentations from former presidents Anne Davie and Bill Cleeland who spoke of how important Landcare was to them. Lisa Wangman and Mike Cleeland presented a thorough history of the Phillip Island Landcare Group and highlighted many of its amazing achievements.
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In early November at the BCLN AGM we thanked outgoing Chairman, Mike Cleeland for his years of service and welcomed our new Chairman Ric Oldham.
Ric first established his Bass Coast farming roots in Archies Creek in 1978. Ric is an active community member within the Bass Coast as a CFA volunteer, co-founder of the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge and co-organiser the Crush Ice drug and alcohol community information and support program. He has been a member of the Bass Valley Landcare Group since its inception and held the role of president of the group for 3 years. As joint owner and operator of an Angus beef farm at Archies Creek for the past twenty years Ric and his wife Mez (pictured below) look to sustainably optimise their agricultural enterprise whilst protecting and enhancing their natural environment.
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Holden the Ground Working Bee.
Creating a wildlife sanctuary by predator proofing the Holden Proving Ground.
Do you have a passion for the natural environment? Do you enjoy taking a supervisory role, working outside with plants, soils and wildlife. Do you enjoy being a part of a dynamic and progressive team?
You are invited to celebrate the launch of the Bass Coast Landcare Networks River Garden Project, a community garden, trials, innovation and education precinct on the banks of the Bass River.
You are invited to attend the Phillip Island Landcare Groups 30th Anniversary Celebration. Being held at the stunning Cleeland Family Farm in Surf Beach this is an event not to be missed.
Secondary school students in the Latrobe Valley will swap the classroom for the farm and get their hands dirty while learning important skills in the areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) after AGL Loy Yang announced a $25,000 partnership with Bass Coast Landcare Network this week.
Under the partnership Bass Coast Landcare Network will deliver the 'Managing Sustainable Farms Using STEM' pilot program designed to introduce students in years seven to ten to sustainable land management and the ways that science, technology, engineering and maths are used to run a profitable farming enterprise.
On Tuesday 31st of October, year 7 students from St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School and year 8 students from Kurnai College Churchill travelled to Peter Devonshire’s Budgeree farm to take part in the launch of the program and learn more about sustainable farming. Check out this video below for media coverage of the day.
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35 Individuals from five Landcare groups gathered at Jon and Marg Hauser’s farm for a fantastic informative field day last weekend. Robbie Gray from Bass Coast Landcare displayed the last five years of Fauna Monitoring results utilizing infra- red camera traps mainly in and around the Holden proving ground. Robbie also showed the group how to install the cameras to get the best possible results. We had several Landcare members enquire about lending traps to gather data for our BCLN wide Monitoring program. This is a fantastic result and means we can now start to get a broader picture of fauna species present on private land across Bass Coast. Click read more to see the full story.