Upper Goulburn Landcare Network
The UGLN has been operating for 10+ years and has a strong and positive relationship with landholders, community organizations and government/agency stakeholders. The Landcare Network’s role is broad:
- Landcare group support,
- Communication of Landcare and land management information,
- Community capacity building,
- Sustainable, community-driven land management,
- Community education and project management,
- Liaison with govt/agency stakeholders,
- Contribute to catchment NRM targets.
President: Terry Hubbard (Strath Creek)
Vice President: Ian McKaskill (Alexandra)
Treasurer: Rodney Ridd (Cathkin)
Secretary: Lynnda Heard (Merton)
The UGLN is supported by two part-time Coordinators (Cath Olive and Judy Watts) and currently has the full-time services of a Fire Recovery Project Officer (Chris Cobern). The Landcare Fire Recovery Project is a Government-Landcare response to the 2009 Black Saturday fires that affected much of the Upper Goulburn.
Biological Farming Interest Group
This project helps interested landholders to meet, discuss and learn about biologically-based farming practices.
Calendar of Events
The UGLN publishes a quarterly Calendar of Events that lists Landcare-related events and seasonal information. File links are in the menu, at left.
Water quality and waterway health are a high-priority among landcarers and the broader community. Several waterways in the Upper Goulburn are home to a variety of native animals, some of which are threatened with extinction.
Landcare Fire Recovery Program
The fires of Black Saturday, 7th Feb. 2009, devastated large parts of our region. SInce that time the Upper Goulburn Landcare Network has been helping the community and natural environment rebuild and recover from that tragedy.
Go to: http://landcarefirerecovery.blogspot.com/ for more info
Latest News & Media Releases
News & media items are now being posted in the News folder (no longer under Projects).
Local Area Planning
The UGLN encourages and assists Landcare groups to identify their land management priorities and plan resulting activities, or actions. Some groups develop formal, documented, plans, other groups focus on specific on-ground works and projects to achieve their goals.
Pest Plant & Animal Control
Providing incentives for the control of pest plants and rabbits on farmland is a long-standing role provided by the UGLN. The incentive is a 50% contribution to the cost of herbicide (for listed weeds) and a 50% contribution to the cost of ripping rabbit warrens (both via Victorian Govt. funding) .
The UGLN regularly helps groups with funding applications for revegetation and biodiversity projects in the Upper Goulburn. Projects completed include:
Water Quality & Salinity Tours
For several years the UGLN has organised a bus tour along the Goulburn River (between Alexandra and Seymour) to highlight water quality and salinity issues.
The purpose of the tours is to:
• Increase awareness of the contribution of the Upper Catchment to downstram salinity problems.
• Contrast the higher rainfall upper catchment, with the lower rainfall areas downstream.
• Contrast the varying impact of land use change (particularly revegetation) in different upper catchments, on salt mobilisation, thereby emphasising the need for targeted and prioritised on-ground works (cf one-size-fits-all).
Wildfire Recovery Project – Flowerdale & Strath Creek Districts, Victoria, Australia.