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Celebrating Landcare Week

Mallee CMA would like to congratulate the 800 members of the region’s 24 Landcare groups for their continued efforts in improving and caring for our local environment. Landcare Week runs from 2-8 September and celebrates the people, places and projects who are making a difference through Landcare.

“Landcare Week recognises the efforts of the people involved in the Landcare groups, these
groups are invaluable to the region and play a vital role in protecting and enhancing our local
environment,” Mallee Catchment Management Authority (CMA) chairperson Sharyon Peart
said.
Landcare supports volunteers and landholders to undertake actions that improve the
condition of our environment and sustainability of farming.
Since starting in the Mallee in 1985, Landcare has gone on to become a central part of many
local communities, with the newest community group formed in early 2013.
“The future of the environment is in everyone’s hands, whether they are local residents,
organisations or school groups, anyone can volunteer their time and energy for a better
environment,” Ms Peart said.
Landcare groups work across a diverse landscape, with members aged from primary school
students to members in their 80s.
Significant achievements are made by Landcare groups coordinating a diverse range of
projects.
The Eastern Mallee Landcare Consortium coordinated a Ladies in Leadership Conference in
July to engage and support rural women through social connections. Topics such as ladies
in Landcare, mental health and wellbeing, volunteering and supporting women to achieve
goals were covered by range of speakers and were well received by the participants. The
event received great feedback and the consortium now wants to make the conference an
annual event.
Earlier this year Birchip Landcare Group has released two publications: The first publication
is a diary entitled, “Look round and what do you see”, which lists sightings and observations
of wildlife in the area. The second is a brochure entitled “Birds of the South East Mallee”
identifying local bird species.
“Landcare groups such as this set a magnificent example in the community, encouraging
young people to get excited about protecting the environment,” Regional Landcare
Coordinator Kevin Chaplin said.
“I am excited about the diversity of the projects the local Landcare groups have initiated and
I commend the efforts that are put in by the volunteers to make the projects a success.”
If you would like more information about Landcare in the Victorian Mallee or would like to get
involved, please contact the Mallee CMA Regional Landcare Coordinator Kevin Chaplin on
0428 370 175.

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