We plant, we look, we learn, we share, we cycle
Posted on 28 May, 2020 by Ivan
We received a fabulous Landcare story written by Beth Mellick from Muckleford Catchment Landcare Group, as part of Connecting Country’s ‘Landcare Stories’ series. The story highlights the importance of Landcare in our community, and how Landcare can be fun and engaging in many different ways across our diverse community. Since early 2012 Connecting Country has employed a local Landcare Facilitator to support the work of community land management groups in the Mount Alexander region of central Victoria.
To join a local Landcare group, please visit our list of contact details for the Mount Alexander region – click here
Please enjoy the following words by Beth Mellick. For more details about Muckleford Catchment Landcare and their current activities – click here
Muckleford Catchment Landcare is made up of a vibrant group of landholders who are interested in being sustainable and want to know more about protecting their local environment.
We help each other out, share information and get together to plant trees to increase habitat connectivity. We hold workshops and events, and are active around protecting our roadsides and native species. We monitor nest boxes once a year at the Walmer Conservation Reserve, and have an annual bike ride. We leave weed control to contractors, and concentrate our time on activities that are enjoyable, interesting and social.
Once a year we get together and plan our activities for the following year: looking at someone else’s property, workshops on something we want to know (like how to retain water in the landscape or turn a dam into a wetland), and where we can plant habitat for strategic connections in the Muckleford landscape. We also look to partner with Connecting Country and other local groups on projects that will benefit our members.
We wanted to do something different – something fun that we could make an annual event for members to look forward to. We use the bike lane beside the railway line, starting at the Muckleford train station, going through Maldon and ending up at a local pub for lunch, before we return. We attract new members to this event. They often bring friends and family members of all ages and interests to get involved, and we love it.
Muckleford Catchment Landcare aims to:
- Improve water quality in the Muckleford Creek and its tributaries.
- Conserve soil in the Muckleford Creek catchment.
- Create a healthy and viable balance between farming and biodiversity.
- Encourage discussion, debate, participation and co-operation between landholders within the catchment.
- Harness local knowledge and expertise to improve the environment and productivity.
- Assist landholders to access funding for land improvement projects.