Welcome to Landcare in the Goulburn Broken Catchment!
The Goulburn Broken Catchment covers 2.4 million hectares, extending north from near the outskirts of Melbourne to the River Murray on the border with New South Wales. The Catchment boasts a diversity of landscapes, including seasonally snow-covered alps, forests, granitic outcrops, gentle sloping plains, box woodlands and red gum floodplains.
There are over 90 Landcare and community based natural resource management groups in the Goulburn Broken Catchment, involving more than 5,000 volunteers. Groups include Landcare, Friends of, Sustainable Farming and Environment Groups. Some of these local groups have formed alliances and networks. There are currently six Landcare Networks and five Conservation Management Networks operating in the catchment.
The diversity of the groups and their reasons for being reflects the complexity of the landscape in the region – embracing rural and urban communities. Groups work to protect, enhance and restore the landscape on both private and public land.
Some of the activities undertaken by Landcare groups across the catchment include biodiversity protection and enhancement, river health restoration, erosion control, salinity prevention, pest plant and animal management, agricultural production improvement and community engagement and education and social networking.
The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA) hosts the following positions to strengthen and support community natural resource management (NRM):
- Regional Landcare Coordinator: funded by the Victorian Government, this position coordinates the implementation of the Community NRM Action Plan and supports the work and professional development of the coordinators and facilitators across the catchment.
- Regional Landcare Facilitator: funded by the Australian Government, this position supports Landcare, farm and industry groups with sustainable practices.