Restoring landscapes across the Mount Alexander Region

Baynton Sidonia Landcare Group AGM

Posted on 20 August, 2009 by Connecting Country

The committee of the Baynton Sidonia Landcare Group invites the members together with residents of the district to the Native Display Garden on the roadside at the entrance to ‘Rowanston on the Track’ Winery.

A walk, talk and place species signs in the Display Garden. This will be an opportunity to see which plants do best in the area, and to learn more about their characteristics and requirements. There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

A BBQ lunch will follow.

Please RSVP by Thursday 20th August for catering purposes.

Contact Carl Reeve on 5423 7110 or 0412 144 936


Castlemaine landcare group august working bee

Posted on 20 August, 2009 by Connecting Country

Castlemaine Landcare Group August working bee at the new waterhole close to the start of the Happy Valley walking track. There are 500 plants to get in so if anyone can come earlier (from 9am) to help lay things out, that would be great.

Bring:  Planting tools, mash hammers, buckets.

Robin Haylett, 0408 706630 & 5470 6630

10am, Sunday August 23rd.


Victorian Landcare Awards 2009

Posted on 13 August, 2009 by Connecting Country

Voting is now open for the Victorian Landcare Awards 2009.

Visit the website to vote for our local heroes!

The website has a full list of nominated people.  Some familiar names might include Caroline Lovel from Baringhup Landcare Group, Geoff Park from Newstead Landcare Group, Ian Grenda from the Tarrangower Cactus Control Committee, Penny Roberts from Newham and District Landcare Group, and Judy Crocker from Mid Loddon Sub-Catchment Management Group

The winner will be announced on September 8th.


national tree day event @ castlemaine

Posted on 22 July, 2009 by Connecting Country

Castlemaine Landcare Group will be holding an event as part of National Tree Day

Site Address: Happy Valley walking track

Enter from Montgomery Street

Along Happy Valley Walking Track, approx half way between Colles Road and Happy Valley Road. Entry can be gained from Montgomery Street, where an unformed track leads down to the working site. We will be working on the flat (affectionately known as Rabbit Flat for obvious reasons) and also at the end of the path leading down from Montgomery Street.
Please wear appropriate clothing and bring gloves, buckets, hand tools for planting. The area is safe for children to ride bikes and play. No toilets on site.
Further enquiries:
Robin Haylett, CLG Projects Coordinator, on 5472 6630

Aims of the project: Happy Valley Walking Track joins Castlemaine with other areas of the goldfields. It runs part way along Forest Creek and in recent years was so ridden with gorse and other woody weeds that there was no access to the creek or through the Valley. With regeneration, the creek is now becoming accessible and a place of local enjoyment again. This year’s planting is part of a long term program which involves ongoing maintenance and monitoring.


National tree day event @ Chewton

Posted on 20 July, 2009 by Connecting Country

Golden Point Landcare, Post Office Hill Action Group and the Chewton Primary School will be having a tree planting day on 31st July for National Tree day.
The planting will be at Post Office Hill near the Chewton Primary School.
This event will start at 11.30am and finish early afternoon.
For further details contact Nick Haliday 54722 380 or


Connecting Country is changing

Posted on 23 June, 2009 by Connecting Country

Connecting Country’s Public Meeting

At Buda 42 Hunter Street Castlemaine

Open at 7 o’clock for a 7.30 start.

We invite you to be part of working with a local project to represent all groups involved in the management of a healthy, resilient and productive natural environment.

The public meeting on Monday 29th June is for the Connecting Country project to become incorporated.

As part of this process the beginnings of a formalised structure is being proposed to support the organisation:

  • membership entitlement is automatic for all landcare/environmental/friends groups in the region (a registration form to be completed with contact details);
  • nominations are being called for a management committee that will consist of 8 volunteer representatives from the region’s landcare community to be elected by the membership;
  • the management committee will meet monthly and will be responsible for the for the strategic direction and performance of the organisation ;
  • it will be advised and supported by a reference group, open to all CC members, and made up of representatives of landcare community groups, special interest groups and agencies and which will meet quarterly;
  • the committee will also be advised on an as needs basis by an advisory panel made up of technical experts .

Join us for supper and drinks after the meeting

For a nomination and/or membership form please contact Julia Brown on 0431 720 876 or email


Connecting Country Reference Group Meeting

Posted on 14 May, 2009 by Connecting Country

Chewton Town Hall (Pyrenees Highway, Chewton)


Minutes of Connecting Country Reference Group meeting March 26 2009

Posted on 7 April, 2009 by Connecting Country

Minutes of Connecting Country Reference Group meeting

Present: Geoff Park, Maurie Dynon, Doug Ralph, Bernard Slattery, Marie Jones, Deirdre Slattery, Jan Hall, Julia Brown, Beth Mellick, Julie Hurley, Chris Morris, Malcolm Fyffe

Apologies: Elvyne Hogan, Patrick Kavanagh, Christine Kilmartin,Peter Johnson, Janis Stewart, Tim Read, Krista Patterson-Majoor, Virginia Adrian, Phil Ingamells

1. Marie welcomed Julia Brown, newly appointed CC project officer.

2. Indigenous Flora Guide: Beth reported on this proposal from the Castlemaine Field Naturalists. It was agreed to seek PV/DSE and CMA funding for it; CC funds will also contribute; it is expected that FOBIF will have a representative on the editorial committee.

a. Marie read a letter of support from Uncle Brian Nelson. This letter will be posted on the website.
b. Geoff outlined our application for funding, its position in the CMA package, and the funding process. The application is built around the Phascogale, and focuses on Woodland environments. It includes roles for stewardship [Bush Tender, fencing, etc]; Community Education; Monitoring programs; and Landcare support. It includes two employed positions: on ground coordination and Landcare coordination. It would amount to about $600,000 and envisages a four year time scale.
c. The meeting recorded its appreciation for those responsible for the heavy work involved in preparing this application.

4. Landcare: coordinators’ positions end in June. After that, coordinator positions may be tied to network projects. A local Landcare meeting will be held on May 7 at the Campbell’s Creek Community centre to discuss the future of landcare in MA Shire.

5. Beth has prepared a media release (accompanied by a photo) of the announcement of further NWF funding for a Project Officer, the updating and promotion of the website and a contribution to the Indigenous Flora Guide.

6. The names of all those who had registered sightings of the Brush-tailed Phascogale were placed in a hat. The individual prize went to Nick Halliday from Golden Point Landcare and the group prize to Geraldine Harris, Barkers Creek Landcare. Thanks to Beth for organising this special treat!

7. The next CC Reference Group meeting will be on Thursday May 14th at 1.30 p.m. in the Chewton Town Hall
• to see how the CFOC application is going,
• discuss ideas on how to use the mapping program,
• finalise planning for the facilitated workshop on future projects – this workshop to be held at the end of May/early June.

8. Thanks were expressed to Peter McConnell for allowing us the use of the Castlemaine South School and its facilities.

9. Geoff gave a presentation on how to use the mapping tool on Other sessions to be planned for interested groups.


Connecting Country – March Reference Group meeting

Posted on 21 March, 2009 by Connecting Country

To be held at Castlemaine South School on Thursday 26th March commencing at 5.30pm. For further details contact Marie Jones on (03) 5472-2892 or


Golden Point Landcare Meeting

Posted on 20 March, 2009 by Connecting Country

The meeting will be a workshop to use the Connecting Country web mapper


Free Indigenous Seed Collection Workshops

Posted on 16 March, 2009 by Connecting Country

The session is designed to introduce participants to all aspects of collecting seed identification, collection, extraction, cleaning and storage of indigenous species. The workshop will cover include a basic theory session and a practical session in the afternoon. Continue Reading »


Day Out at Little Lake Boort

Posted on 16 March, 2009 by Connecting Country

North Central CMA is organising a great day out at Little Lake Boort for all landcarers across the region, to thank you all for your hard work and contributions to caring for our environment.

The theme of this year’s Landcare forum is ‘Landcare – Imagining the Future’. It will be a day of fun, laughter, interesting speakers, indigenous activities and entertainment, as well as information and ideas to inspire future projects. We will also be launching our booklet ‘Celebrating our Most Significant Change Stories of Landcare in the North Central Region’. Continue Reading »


Loddon River Planning

Posted on 4 March, 2009 by Connecting Country

Planning day at the Loddon River, Newstead, 4th of March.