What is Landcare Fire Recovery?

Upper Goulburn Landcare Network
Since the devastating Black Saturday bushfires of Feb 2009, the Upper Goulburn Landcare Network has been working with landholders and local communities in the Murrindindi and Mitchell Shires to rebuild and rehabilitate the local environment on private property.
This blog presents some of the stories.
To find out more about our program or to volunteer with one of our projects contact Landcare Coordinator Chris Cobern on 5736 0104.
Or by email on ugrecovery@gbcma.vic.gov.au

Monday, June 27, 2011

JBWere joins the fire recovery with record effort

Our most succesfull tree planting day for the 2011 season so far was held at Steve and Linda Jungens property in Spring Valley Rd Flowerdale.

13 volunteers from JBWere were joined by members of the Strath Creek Landcare Group to plant over 900 plants along a section of the Spring Creek that the Jungens have fenced off from their stock. it was a great day and we all enjoyed the delicious bbq lunch provided by Linda and JBWere.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Out of the ashes - Plant your Paper Back heads into fire affected areas

The NAB 2011 Plant your Paper Back program has officially launched, with many employees signing up to plant trees, shrubs and grasses all over Australia.

Recently, NAB employees have been rolling up their sleeves in the Black Saturday fire affected area of Flowerdale and joining Chris Cobern from the Upper Goulburn Landcare Network to spend a day planting trees on land set aside for conservation.

The tree planting at Flowerdale is part of the "Lorax Project" which is a revegetation/tree planting project focusing on fire affected landowners in the Murrindindi and Mitchell Shires. The property they worked on is a 450 acre cattle farm owned by Diego and Georgia Puyol. With the assistance from Landcare of volunteers like NAB employees, Deigo and Georgia Puyol hope to plant up to 2,000 plants in areas of their property that they have fenced off and set aside for conservation.

Funded by the federal governments ‘Caring For Our Country program’, Landcare’s fire recovery project has been a great success with 30,000 plants planted in 2010 - 16,600 of them planted by corporate volunteers, like the teams you see pictured.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Another Chilly Day at Heathcote Junction with the ANZ

May 3rd 2011
18 ANZ volunteers at Tevor & Jane Youngs place in Heathcote Junction .
Clearing regrowth from fencelines along the gully in preparation for the fencing crews.
Very cold day with wet and muddy condition under foot , hard work cutting , painting and heaping blackwood wattle regrowth.
Chris took volunteers to check the nesting boxes that have been installed around the property.
Thanks guys for persisting at this tiring job for the entire day.

Familiar Faces Return . ANZ Risk Management Team

31st May 2011.
John Tilley was surprised and delighted to host 15 tree planting volunteers from the ANZ Risk Management Department on his Strath Creek Property. Janet had told him a few people were coming around to plant some trees in his 2ha steep hillside revegetation project. Very casual , landcare was organising the BBQ , toilet , plants and tools etc , just leave the gates open and leave it to us. John was amazed when he returned home to find a large team of volunteers had planted 400 plants and hand seeded the very steepest slopes where assess for the direct seeding machine would be impossible. This was my 3rd visit to the Tilley property since the fires and it was hearting to see things nearly back to normal .
It was great to meet many old friends in this team . They had helped out during last years ANZ Mega week and enjoyed themselves so much they signed up again this year. Hey Bridget , there were a few requests for the pumpkin soup ! Janet & Cath provided a BBQ lunch but we couldn't do the 20 litres of pumpkin soup without Bridget .

Janet Hagen & Cathy Olive UGLN