Restoring landscapes across the Mount Alexander Region

Shire’s Community Grants Scheme Open Now

Posted on 13 September, 2013 by Connecting Country

The Mount Alexander Shire Council recently announced the opening of its 2013 Community Grants Scheme. The round closes on Friday 11 October 2013.

Grants of $500 to $3,000 are available in the category of Sustainability and Natural Environment.

The stated aim of the Sustainability and Natural Environment community grant component is to assist the community to implement the Mount Alexander Shire Council’s Environment Strategy 2010-2014  (available HERE) – so it is well worth taking a look at this document before you apply.

These grants are particularly well suited to Landcare and Friends groups working in the Mount Alexander Shire, whose projects normally align directly with the ‘Land & Biodiversity’ objectives of the Shire’s Environment Strategy (Pages 12 & 22).

Application forms and guidelines for the grants can be found at the Shire’s website – Click Here. Public information sessions about the grants will be held in Castlemaine and Maldon on the 11th and 12th September – see the Council’s website for times and locations.

For more information contact Glenn Menner, Manager Community Development on 5471 1818

The Tip Buffer Zone area in Campbells Creek benefited from the last Community Grant round.
The Tip Buffer Zone area in Campbells Creek benefited from the last Community Grant round.


Rural Property Theft Awareness and Prevention Signage

Posted on 6 February, 2013 by Connecting Country

Nuggetty Land Protection Group will launch their Rural Property Theft Awareness and Prevention signage at a community morning tea in the Maldon Community Centre, 3 Francis Street, Maldon on Saturday 23rd February commencing at 9am.  The launch will see the unveiling of signs developed in response to issues raised at a Livestock & farm theft meeting held by the group in Maldon in July 2012 and attended by community members from across the local area and surrounds. Continue Reading »


Community Landcare Grants Now Open

Posted on 4 February, 2013 by Connecting Country

Community Landcare Grants ranging between $5,000 and $50,000 are available to support local sustainable agriculture and community engagement projects, as part of the Australian Government’s $2.2 billion Caring for our Country initiative.

Community Landcare Grants aim to help:

  • build a skilled and capable Landcare community
  • encourage community participation and engagement in Landcare
  •  share information and learning’s in sustainable agricultural techniques
  • reduce the spread of pest species
  • encourage the adoption of improved sustainable land management practices

Organisations involved with Landcare, professional farming systems or Indigenous groups are encouraged to apply.

Applications close at 5pm (AEDT) on 20 March 2013.  More information including application forms can be found here.


Farm Tree and Landcare Association Newsletter

Posted on 6 December, 2012 by Connecting Country

The latest edition of the Farm Tree & Landcare Association newsletter is now available. It includes information on a wide range of Victorian grants, events and environmental items including how to recycle your mobile phone in order to save African gorillas.


21 Oct 2012 – Free Campbells Creek Event

Posted on 17 October, 2012 by Connecting Country

Friends of Campbells Creek Landcare Group has organised a Free Community Event for Saturday 21 October.

This is a family day for people to relax and enjoy themselves with a variety of activities and a chance to see hidden parts of the creek and celebrate the progress that has been made.

For more information click here.



Victorian Landcare Program – Draft Strategic Plan

Posted on 12 June, 2012 by Connecting Country

The Victorian Government is in the process of deciding how best it will support Landcare in the future. As such they’ve developed a draft strategic plan for the Victorian Landcare Project and would like community feedback on the plan. The excerpt below is from the Victorian Landcare Gateway website:

The Victorian Landcare Program (VLP) is the title of the program of support provided to Landcare by the Victorian Government and managed by the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE). Given the current action plan for Landcare is due to finish this year, it’s a good time to develop a new direction for the Government’s program of support for Landcare into the future. Once finalised, the VLP will be refreshed to align with the new Strategic Plan.

If you would like view the draft plan and/or contribute your thoughts, click here. Submissions will be accepted until 30 June 2012.


New Landcare Facilitator for Mount Alexander

Posted on 27 February, 2012 by Connecting Country

Connecting Country has received a $204,600 share of the Victorian Government’s
$12 million Victorian Local Landcare Facilitator Initiative grant to provide local Landcare support up to June 2015.  And, following a rigorous interview process, Connecting Country is happy to announce that Max Schlachter has commenced as the Landcare Facilitator for the Mount Alexander region. Max comes to the position with a background in environmental science and forest ecosystem science.  Over many weeks in 2011 and 2012, Max also volunteered with Connecting Country to produce the recently launched local action plan for Forest Creek.

There are more than 30 Landcare and ‘Friends’ groups active in the Mount Alexander Shire and immediate surrounds. They undertake projects across the landscape which improve degraded farmland, create habitat for native animals and plants, improve soil and river health, and educating the community about their local environment.

Max Schlachter

Max’s role will be to assist Landcare and Friends groups in the Shire to achieve their goals. This may include helping to gain funding from government and non-government sources, produce strategic local area plans and action plans and also to link groups with each other and with useful information. For some groups, this may be a great opportunity to re-invigorate their efforts with the extra bit of assistance available.  For others, it might be an opportunity to expand their network and enhance their existing projects.

If you would like to know more about what Landcare does, or to find out what is happening in your area, contact Max by email at or by phone on 5472 1594 or visit the Connecting Country website (