Idea Gems

Farm Talk magazine

Published: Mar, 2016

Farm Talk magazine, a bi-annual publication of land health and sustainable agriculture activities in the Corangamite region.

#141 | Land Management,Biodiversity,Pest Plant & Animal Control engagement

A great partnership: Communities, koalas and Landcare

Published: Dec, 2015

Prior to landcare there were very few trees in the Lismore area; in the early days of landcare there was significant interest in revegetation, but over time...

#136 | Land Management,Biodiversity,Pest Plant & Animal Control engagement,membership

Corporate Partnership: Craters to Coast Alliance

Published: Dec, 2015

The “Craters to Coast Alliance" is a partnership between Heytesbury District Landcare Network, Santos and Origin Energy that was formed more than a decade ago.

#135 | Land Management,Biodiversity,Pest Plant & Animal Control engagement,membership

Landcare and the Arts - Accessing community through art

Published: Dec, 2015

The Yarram Yarram Landcare Network have developed an ongoing partnership with their arts community.

#134 | Land Management,Biodiversity,Pest Plant & Animal Control engagement,membership

Plant and animal field guides and brochures – a standardised format

Published: Dec, 2015

The Yarram Yarram Landcare Network considers its brochures and field guides developed to identify local flora and fauna a great tool and addition to the resources supporting community engagement in landscape scale projects.

#133 | Land Management,Biodiversity,Pest Plant & Animal Control engagement,membership

Rekindling the Action

Published: Dec, 2015

Prior to landcare there were very few trees in the Lismore area; in the early days of landcare there was significant interest in revegetation, but over time...

#132 | Land Management,Biodiversity,Pest Plant & Animal Control engagement,membership

Project maintenance - building social capital

Published: Dec, 2015

The Avon Landcare Group considers ongoing maintenance of its Landcare projects a high priority. It has developed a partnership with the Fulham Correctional Centre...

#131 | Land Management,Pest Plant & Animal Control engagement,membership

Soils and Landcare – extension model with farmers

Published: Dec, 2015

Maffra & District Landcare Network considers its soil program an ongoing success with farmers...

#130 | Land Management engagement,membership

Hilly terrain and drones

Published: Dec, 2015

The Mt Worth and Districts Landcare Group has used a drone to showcase 10 years of the group’s work...

#129 | Pest Plant & Animal Control,Land Management,Biodiversity engagement,membership

Connecting community and council with Landcare

Published: Dec, 2015

Two programs and their collaboration with Landcare highlight the Baw Baw Shire Council’s involvement with Landcare in Warragul (West Gippsland).

#128 | Pest Plant & Animal Control,Land Management,Biodiversity engagement,membership

A small group tackling pest bird species: Prison and Landcare

Published: Dec, 2015

Members of the Tanjil Valley Landcare Group came together on the issue of Indian Mynah birds and talked with the Fulham Correctional Centre at Kilmany to construct wire Indian Mynah traps for the group...

#127 | Pest Plant & Animal Control engagement,membership

Crossing multiple group boundaries – innovative corporate sponsorship

Published: Dec, 2015

The Bass Coast Landcare Network’s Powlett Project connects five Landcare groups in the network and utilises support from the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority and a major corporate energy sponsor Ngeie...

#126 | engagement,membership

Engaging the whole community

Published: Dec, 2015

In 2012, the Kongwak Hills Landcare Group formed and adopted its motto ‘from backyard to bush’. They engaged their whole community in upgrading a reserve ‘Pioneer Park’ in the centre of town. Their model was simple...

#125 | engagement,membership

Healthy resilient partnerships - a template for success

Published: Dec, 2015

Since 1999, the Bass Coast Landcare Network’s partnership with Westernport Water has grown from strength to strength. The partnership strengths are based on the fundamentals of good governance, trust, flexibility and the development of a shared mutually beneficial vision.

#124 | engagement,membership,governance

Indigenous Species Demonstration Site

Published: Dec, 2015

When the local tennis club folded in 2005, and with the management of the tennis court land in the hands of the local community, the Murroon Landcare Group came up with an innovative use of the 1 hectare site.. Read on...

#119 | Biodiversity,Land Management engagement,membership

Nesting Box Inspection made easy !

Published: Dec, 2015

A few years ago the Central Otways Landcare Network ran a ‘Creatures of the Night’ walk as a school holiday program activity. Some of the participants, a group of local Scouts and Guides, took note of the lack of habitat hollows due to young regrowth within the Barongarook Trust for Nature property.

#118 | Biodiversity engagement

‘Feral Feast’ – the art of cooking rabbits in the Barrabool Hills

Published: Dec, 2015

The “Easter Bunny’s” cuddly and friendly persona has created a dilemma for many Australians. The reality is the wild European rabbit has, since introduction to Australia by early settlers, destroyed the landscape, decimating crops, pastures, native trees and shrubs in a very short time. With their ability to breed at a prolific rate, along with their voracious appetite and ability to adapt to their environment, rabbits have become a major pest in Australia. The Barrabool Hills Landcare group was looking for a way to highlight the issue...

#116 | Pest Plant & Animal Control engagement,membership

Community Planning in the Woady Yaloak Catchment

Published: Dec, 2015

The Woady Yaloak Catchment Group uses a novel approach to landcare planning. Each year the Group holds four local community based functions, usually with a meal, where landholders come along and describe all the landcare works they wish to undertake in the next year. Essentially the meetings are a verbal expression of interest by the landholders across a range of landcare issues.

#115 | Biodiversity,Land Management,Pest Plant & Animal Control engagement,membership,governance

Otway Coast Regenerative Farmers – thinking outside the box

Published: Dec, 2015

Since around 2010, SOLN had been struggling to help local landholders with agricultural practices. Our circumstances here were specific - small, steep properties with limited access meant that many felt that they could not participate in conventional, commodities based agriculture. Additionally, our community members were generally not convinced that input based agriculture was either possible or environmentally desirable. So, what could we do about it ?

#114 | engagement,membership

Re-Enlivening the Annual Meeting

Published: Dec, 2015

Like many community-run organisations, the Geelong Landcare Network has struggled to get people to attend the Annual General Meeting. But, then it had a light bulb moment !

#113 | governance,engagement,membership

Integrated Representation – creating strong governance and staff support

Published: Dec, 2015

The Bellarine Catchment Network has developed an innovative governance model of Incorporated Committee and Executive – with representatives across Community Groups, NGO’s, Statutory Authorities and Agencies.

#112 | governance

Horsecare through Landcare – tapping into a special interest group

Published: Dec, 2015

The consistent growth in the number of lifestyle and small acreage properties within the Surf Coast Inland Plains Network and throughout the catchment has highlighted the need to provide these landholders with the knowledge to implement sustainable land management practices. Many of these smaller landholders share an interest and ownership of horses.

#111 | Biodiversity,Land Management,Pest Plant & Animal Control engagement,membership

Walking the river - connecting landcarers

Published: Dec, 2015

In 2013 a group of passionate Landcare members decided to walk the length of the Barwon River from its source in the Otways to the mouth at Barwon Heads. The reason? To increase the local communities’ awareness of this important feature of the landscape, to talk and walk, connect with the landscape and each other - and learn along the way.

#110 | Biodiversity,Land Management,Pest Plant & Animal Control engagement,membership

The Bellarine Blitz !

Published: Dec, 2015

The Bellarine Blitz, a working bee with the three-fold purpose of providing opportunities for learning, social interaction and getting jobs done, is a regular feature of the Bellarine Landcare calendar.

#109 | Biodiversity,Land Management,Pest Plant & Animal Control engagement,membership

Community Engagement with help from Bees

Published: Dec, 2015

The East Gippsland Bee Club was formed when a local commercial bee keeper indicated that he wanted to share his knowledge and experience. Far East Victoria Landcare, recognising the value of mentoring and the level of local interest in bee keeping supported the beginnings of a Bee Club...

#103 | engagement,membership

Community Engagement in Far East Gipsland

Published: Dec, 2015

Jarrahmond is a farming district north of Orbost in Far East Gippsland with no community hub such as a school or hall. The Jarrahmond Landcare group attempts to address this by creating projects designed to engage the whole community...

#102 | engagement,membership

Rabbit Field Day

Published: Dec, 2015

When Thomas Austin introduced 24 rabbits into Australia in 1859, it is likely that he didn’t fully consider the consequences of his actions. By 1900, rabbits had spread so well that they’d reached Western Australia. Rabbits have caused ongoing difficulties for farmers for decades. East Gippsland Network developed a novel approach to helping farmers manage the problem...

#101 | Pest Plant & Animal Control engagement,membership

Engaging the migrant community in landcare

Published: Dec, 2015

“We have a large number of migrants around Werribee, this is a place where they can learn about and enjoy a landscape and flora and fauna that they may not be accustomed to .. it’s a great way to welcome them” - says the Western Melbourne Landcare Network.

#98 | Biodiversity,Land Management,Pest Plant & Animal Control engagement,membership

Engaging people from other cultures in landcare

Published: Dec, 2015

One particular group in the Western Melbourne Landcare Network area have embraced Landcare, the Karen people of Burma. The Network run an education program for the Karen and they have established a community garden and art and craft displays featuring Karen culture.

#97 | Biodiversity,Land Management,Pest Plant & Animal Control engagement,membership

TAFE Collaboration

Published: Dec, 2015

Successful collaboration between Chisholm TAFE and Landcare on the Mornington Peninsula.

#93 | Biodiversity,Land Management,Pest Plant & Animal Control engagement,membership

Myna eradication

Published: Dec, 2015

Southwest Mornington Peninsula Landcare's "Mornington Peninsula Indian Myna Program" - set up and run with no funding at all !

#92 | Biodiversity,Land Management,Pest Plant & Animal Control engagement,membership

Puppetry for Landcare

Published: Dec, 2015

Mornington Peninsula Landcare Network developed a puppet show based on the importance of providing habitat for our native animals. It was developed with the goals of entertaining children and conveying some important ecological concepts. Responses from children have been fascinating.

#91 | Biodiversity,Land Management,Pest Plant & Animal Control engagement,membership

Biolink Planning

Published: Dec, 2015

A key priority of the Mornington Peninsula Landcare Network is reconnecting patches of existing remnant vegetation. We decided to tackle the issue of habitat loss by drafting potential routes of reconnection across the peninsula. We used habitat quality mapping as the basis for the Mornington Peninsula Landcare Biolinks Plan.

#90 | Biodiversity,Land Management engagement,membership

A great partnership: Melbourne Water and Landcare

Published: Dec, 2015

Yarra Ranges Landcare Network consider their partnership with Melbourne Water to be a key aspect of the long term success of group projects...

#88 | Biodiversity,Land Management,Pest Plant & Animal Control engagement,membership

Project Management by groups, not the Network

Published: Dec, 2015

The Yarra Ranges Landcare Network consider ‘self management’ of Landcare Projects a high priority...

#87 | Biodiversity,Land Management,Pest Plant & Animal Control engagement,membership

The Helmeted Honeyeater connection

Published: Dec, 2015

Managed by small business, the ‘Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater’, this collaboration with Landcare is an important local project protecting a local icon.

#86 | Biodiversity,Land Management,Pest Plant & Animal Control engagement,membership

Caring for Country

Published: Dec, 2015

The Yarra Ranges Landcare Network decided that it was important to establish a connection with indigenous people in the region.

#85 | Biodiversity,Land Management,Pest Plant & Animal Control engagement,membership

Landcare for singles

Published: Dec, 2015

A ground breaking effort by the Yarra Ranges Landcare Network to encourage young people to participate in Landcare activities.

#84 | Biodiversity,Land Management,Pest Plant & Animal Control engagement,membership

Living Learning

Published: Dec, 2015

A unique partnership between the Bunyip Landcare Group and ‘Living Learning Pakenham’ provided migrants with an opportunity to spend a few days in the country tree planting!

#83 | Biodiversity,Land Management,Pest Plant & Animal Control engagement,membership

Bush Dance !

Published: Dec, 2015

The Bush Dance is a social occasion which provides locals with an opportunity to catch up and have some fun , with the intent not to raise funds, but raise awareness for Landcare in general.

#82 | Biodiversity,Land Management,Pest Plant & Animal Control engagement,membership

ENEWS and teleconferencing

Published: Dec, 2015

The Westernport Landcare Network utilise their ‘ENEWS’ prompt email system to get news out to members as soon as possible. This system also ensures stories and updates go to local publications, getting to people in the community who may not be Landcare members and do not receive the ENEWS updates.

#81 | Biodiversity,Land Management,Pest Plant & Animal Control engagement,membership

Catchment Action Roundtables and Collaboration

Published: Dec, 2015

Catchment Action Roundtables (or CARTS) run by the CMA to bring community groups and agencies together in an area, are a terrific opportunity for Landcare Groups and other stakeholders in NRM works to put forward project concepts , talk about current projects , or seek collaboration with others with similar landscape visions.

#80 | Biodiversity,Land Management,Pest Plant & Animal Control engagement,membership

Walk-and-Talk for new members

Published: Dec, 2015

Recruiting new members to Landcare has always been a challenge. Middle Yarra Landcare Network has embraced this challenge and take recruitment a step further by hosting a ‘walk and talk’ with fresh signups.

#79 | Biodiversity,Land Management,Pest Plant & Animal Control engagement,membership

A shared calendar between groups encourage collaboration

Published: Dec, 2015

The Middle Yarra Landcare Network has found that a shared calendar between its groups encourages groups to collaborate.

#78 | Biodiversity,Land Management,Pest Plant & Animal Control engagement,membership

Fixed dates for Working Bees promotes regular volunteer participation

Published: Dec, 2015

The Middle Yarra Landcare Network has discovered that having ‘fixed date’ working bees ensures regular volunteer input to project works.

#77 | Biodiversity,Land Management,Pest Plant & Animal Control engagement,membership

100 activities to engage your landcare group

Published: Dec, 2015

100 activities to engage your landcare group.

#76 | engagement,membership

'Bunny Boiler Challenge'

Published: Dec, 2015

A great idea for a fun landcare activity, which will not only engage the community, but also presents an opportunity for fund-raising.

#75 | Pest Plant & Animal Control engagement,membership

Establishing & nurturing relationships between your landcare group and your local MPs and Councillors

Published: Dec, 2015

A guide to landcare groups for the purpose of developing and nurturing strong, healthy and mutually-beneficial relationships with their local Federal and State Members of Parliament and with their local Ward Councillor(s).

#73 | engagement

An innovative approach to the green army

Published: Jan, 2016

How the Goulburn-Broken region embraced the Green Army

#72 |

Foraging Fine Fare for a Fun Feast

Published: Dec, 2015

The Neerim and District Landcare Group came up with an idea to capture the imagination of its membership and the community at large, an idea designed to raise awareness of a very topical landcare issue and designed to strengthen the ties between landcarers, non-landcarers and townies.

#5 | Pest Plant & Animal Control

The Landcare Share Centre is grassroots Landcare supporting grassroots Landcare

The Share Centre is a service provided by Landcare Victoria Incorporated (LVI)