What is Landcare?
North central Victoria is home to many enthusiastic, capable and active community groups and individuals who are working to protect the region's natural environment.
The Landcare movement started in north central Victoria in 1986, when a group of local farmers from Winjallok formed the first Landcare group in Australia. North central Victoria is now home to more than 160 Landcare and community natural resource management (NRM) groups, comprising of more than 4,000 volunteers.
Landcare networks comprising of several Landcare groups and conservation management networks are also well established in north central Victoria.
Groups undertake a variety of on-ground activities on both private and public land, including revegetation, fencing waterways, rabbit control, weed control, erosion control, installation of nest boxes and remnant vegetation protection.
Groups also undertake a variety of other activities such as newsletters, bus tours, flora and fauna field days, working bees, community weed and pest animal days, preparing actions plans and training days.
Read the latest Landcare Report Card for our region
The Landcare newsletter, known as the North Central Chat, will continue to keep you up-to-date with all the latest Landcare news in the north central Victoria region.
The 2018-19 Victorian Landcare Grants are now open.
Environmental volunteer groups can now access grants up to $20,000.
The Regional Landcare Support Plan provides a framework for Landcare groups across the North Central CMA region for the next five years.
Consistent with the 2012 Victorian Landcare Program Strategic Plan - Supporting Landcare, it outlines the five functions of Landcare that the North Central CMA will support including; Operate, Engage, Collaborate, Do and Tell. To ensure the North Central CMA continues to support Landcare effectively, specific 'support actions' have been developed that align to the five functions of Landcare.
The ability to achieve and deliver these actions will be subject to the availability of funding and resources. As such, the plan is designed to be flexible and allow the North Central CMA to respond to the changing circumstances and needs of the regional Landcare community.
Find your nearest Landcare group or network.