Restoring landscapes across the Mount Alexander Region

A wintry 2023 Landcare Link-up in Taradale

Posted on 23 June, 2023 by Hadley Cole

Barkly Park Taradale VIC. Photo by Antoinette Birkenbeil.


On Saturday 17 June 2023 we hosted the annual Landcare Link-up in Taradale, Dja Dja Wurrung Country. It was a cold, windy, yet sunny day as we took a walking tour of Taradale Landcare groups project site Barkly Park. Brian Bainbridge from Taradale Landcare walked us through key areas in the park, outlining its interesting history and different vegetation types present across the park. Barkly Park is represented largely by Red Gum Grassy Woodland, and perhaps due to its reservation as public land, many of the red gums have been able to grow into majestic trees, containing many beautiful hollows for local wild life. The Landcare group have recorded Brush Tailed Phascogales using the site,  scurrying along the branches of fallen timber out of the reach of predators.  The group have also enjoyed bird walks and plan to collect data on the bird life at the site over time.  A cool burn is planned for later this year which will focus on restoring an area with existing Kanagaroo Grass and Chocolate Lilies.

Participants reported that they thoroughly enjoyed the tour. We are very grateful to Brian and Colleen and all Taradale Landcare members for taking the time to showcase their work at Barkly Park.  We will watch with interest as they continue to restore and enhance the local biodiversity.


Participants hearing about a hybrid eucalypt at the Barkly Park site. Photo by Hadley Cole.

Following the tour, we found warmth in the charming Taradale Hall where we enjoyed further presentations from Landcare groups of the Mount Alexander/ Leanganook region and enjoyed afternoon tea provided by the Murnong Mamas.

We heard three presentations from local Landcare groups in the region, which varied from an urban group, to a group working on private land and another who works on public land.

Christine Kilmartin from Castlemaine Landcare presented some of the issues urban Landcare groups come up against, including the many and various weeds that infiltrate restoration areas, particularly following floods. Castlemaine Landcare have been working to protect and restore numerous sites along Forest Creek.

Beth Mellick from Muckleford Catchment Landcare spoke of their groups’ Habitat Corridor project which aims to build connectivity across the Muckleford landscape, linking private property with a local bushland reserves.  Much of the land in Muckleford Catchment Landcare groups project sites are largely on private land and the group work with land holders to increase connectivity across the landscape and build habitat resilience. The group have put together a short film showcasing their work. To watch the film – click here.

Marie Jones from Golden Point Landcare shared a positive story of taking the time out to walk through older project sites and notice the differences in restoration that have occurred over time. The work of Landcare groups can be tough; digging holes, planting and seeing only some plants survive, getting out and watering in the hotter months, worrying about the destruction caused by fires, floods or storms. It can be difficult to step back and focus on the achievements and progress made over time and appreciate the positive changes in the landscape groups have accomplished. This was a lovely positive presentation from Marie to finish up the afternoon.

Landcare member Link-up participants. Photo by Lori Arthur.

Thank you to all of the presenters who took the time to share their stories with us. We really enjoy hearing the varied Landcare stories from the region.

Thank you to the North Central Catchment Management Authority for supporting this event.



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