Restoring landscapes across the Mount Alexander Region

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.


Report on Connecting Country’s Future Planning Workshop

Posted on 18 August, 2009 by Connecting Country

Report on Connecting Country’s Future Planning Workshop, August 5th, 2009

More than 60 people from the local environmental community attended the workshop, including members of “Friends of” and other environmental advocacy groups, education and natural resource management professionals, and many members of the landcare community.  Participants all brought enthusiasm and local knowledge to share with everyone.  The workshop aimed to collect a set of information based on local knowledge of the special places in our region.  The information provided is currently being collated in a database.  Once this is finished, Connecting Country will sort through the data and more detailed planning for on ground projects can begin.

Geoff Park gave a presentation outlining the recently announced Federal and State Government funding, particularly describing the conditions attached to the funding (Tuans and Yellow-box woodlands).

  • A summary of the funding is available here as a pdf.
  • The map of priority vegetation can be found on the funding summary pdf.

Participants were guided through a process of identifying environmental assets on the maps provided and then compiling a list of information about that asset.  The information was recorded on a template that is based on the cutting edge of environmental Project Planning.  We received 96 completed templates.

  • The blank template is available here here a Word document.
  • The example template is available here as a pdf.

David King from Friends of Campbells Creek gave a presentation on how the natural assets along the Campbells Creek catchment were identified and put into a management plan so that everyone knew what needed to be done and how it could happen.

Many thanks go to;
Geoff Park and Krista Patterson-Majoor for facilitating; Margarita Adler for catering; Welshmans Reef Vineyard and Langanook Winery, Ben Laycock, Eliza Tree and Mahmoud for the map of the region, and to all the helping hands.


Fancy yourself as a wildlife photographer?

Posted on 13 August, 2009 by Connecting Country

Trust for Nature is looking for original images of Victoria’s bushland and wildlife to feature in its 2010 desk calendar. Entry is open to professional and amateur photographers alike.
Competition closes October 31st, 2009.

For full details and a competition entry form visit the Trust for Nature website.