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, August 27, 2012

Kinglake Wildflower Walk

On Sunday 19th August we had a small group of eleven adults and children on an enjoyable wildflower walk through the Kinglake National Park presented by a very knowledgeable Richard Francis from ABZECO.
Kinglake Landcare members Peter and Will and kids
The group got to see the early blossoming wattles, Love Creepers, Early Nancy lilies, Pultenaea and Daviesia species and emerging orchids with the occasional one flowering. 
David & Laurie Wakefield from Strath Creek Landcare
Epacris impressa (Pink Heath)
The rain stopped for the day and the group had a pleasant lunch at St Andrews Hotel.

The day was held by the Kinglake Landcare Group and funded by the Victorian Bushfire Fund.
Richard Francis (left) & Roger Cook
For those who missed the event we are running another one on Sunday 16th September.
Attendance is free and lunch provided.
Contact Kinglake Landcare President Tim Connell on 0408 599 485 to register.
Photos by John Stewart.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


Plantings to establish new native vegetation continue on both Crown Land reserves and private properties throughout the Murrindindi Shire.

Last week a volunteer group from the ANZ Bank’s corporate headquarters in Docklands planted out 480 sedges, grasses and shrubs on the Break O Day Reserve in Glenburn.

The ANZ group came prepared for the wet day with their gumboots and suitable clothing.

We later shared a BBQ lunch at the new Alf Miller Park in Glenburn.
ANZ volunteers at Alf Miller Park Glenburn
We have another nine days of planting already booked for the remainder of the year at locations throughout the Murrindindi Shire.
NAB volunteers at Buxton
We were fortunate in receiving a Federal Government ‘Caring for our Country’ grant to purchase the plants, materials and tools for the project.

Since 2010 we have planted over 33,000 plants, many grown locally at Flowerdale from seed collected locally together with some more propagated for us at the Kevin Heinze Garden Centre in Doncaster and the Euroa Arboretum.

JBWere volunteers at Murrindindi
To enquire about getting assistance with revegetation for your fire affected property or to volunteer phone Chris Cobern on 5736 0104 or by Email: ugrecovery@gbcma.vic.gov.au