Welcome to the June edition of Bass Coast Landcare Network's E-news. 

With only a week to go until the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, we are certainly feeling the cold and longing for longer days here at Bass Coast Landcare Network.

Need something to keep you warm this winter? There are plenty of community tree planting days coming up from groups across the network, why not visit somewhere you haven’t been before and see how things are done on the other side of the fence. Pop on the winter woolies and waterproof jackets and head on out to meet other landholders across Bass Coast. You can also plant and dance as well!

As usual this e-news sums up some great things happening, inspiring stories, project updates, staff profile and plenty of interesting resources for you too.

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Kongwak Hills planting day – This weekend June 16th


Come join the Kongwak Hills Landcare Group to help plant 2000 Indigenous plants at Sam Walker and Daniela Mollica Property (Isola Chianina) at 25 Willmot rd Glen Alvie from 10am to 1pm. 
Sam has fantastic site ready to plant. The project will create habitat for the Powerful Owl, Strzelecki Gum and the Growling grass Frog. This planting has been funded through the Bass Coast Biolinks Project. Sam and Daniella will provide a great lunch too.

Click this link for details on our calendar.

Phillip Island Landcare Group: Walk the Island Series – Last walk this weekend, June 17th


Phillip Island Landcare Group has their last walks coming up this weekend on Sunday 17th of June. Spend time with fellow walkers, learning more about your local land and its inhabitants. There are two walks on this day, first in the morning at 8am from Forrest Caves to YCW beach and then in the afternoon from Oswin Roberts reserve to Rhyll Jetty at 2pm. Both walks will take around 2.5 hours to complete and are suitable for active persons. 

This is a free event and you must book to attend.  For all enquiries and bookings contact David Rooks – Landcare Committee on 0418 115 935 or [email protected]

Click here to find out more about the Phillip Island Landcare Group.

Holden Partnership Planting day with Bass Valley Landcare Group - June 29th


Holden Partnership Planting day
Come join the Bass Valley Landcare group and Holden staff on our first planting of the season on Friday the 29th of June. We will be planting 3000 plants at a beautiful property in Kernot. We also have the Bunurong Land Council giving us a cultural induction prior to planting. All volunteers will be treated to wood fired pizzas from the Kernot store for lunch.

Please click here to register and for the flier with further details.

River Garden Hands on learning series - Last Day June 30th


After the first three sessions of this great series we are looking forward to the last session Saturday 30th of June. This time we focus on Shelterbelts incorporating bush foods, how to create a food forest structure and species selection. We are also incorporating some traditional indigenous knowledge on using plants for food production with a visit from a Bunurong Land Council representative incorporated into the day. Our expert presenter Jarrod Ruch will again share his wealth of knowledge on how with clever zoning and planning we can incorporate these things into big and small properties.  

We will also continue the hands-on aspect of this series with some planting on the day, sheet mulching and setting up new spaces at this great community space. Be a part of the action!

For all booking details and further information please click here.

Phillip Island Landcare starts their 2018 Community planting days – Three more to go


The first Phillip Island Landcare Group tree planting event for 2018 was held at the property of Bill Cleeland in Surf Beach over the Queens Birthday Long Weekend. It was a huge success with over 20 people planting and guarding 1000 plants. The well earned BBQ lunch was enjoyed by all afterwards. Thanks to all those who contributed.

The Phillip Island Landcare Group looks forward to their next tree planting events scheduled for 23rd June, 15th July and 18th of August.

Click here for flyer with all details for upcoming planting days on Phillip Island.

Luminous galleries – Events in July


There are still events left on the Luminous Galleries calendar through July to check out across four towns: Pioneer Bay, Grantville, Corinella and Coronet Bay. Click on the link below for the full calendar pictured above. 

Bought to you by The Edge Of Us: Small Town Transformation, an arts project celebrating life in our tiny Waterline towns. Across 2017 and 2018 artists and residents from CORINELLA, CORONET BAY, GRANTVILLE, TENBY POINT and PIONEER BAY will light up the towns in a series of projects to help understand our connections to one another, our unique environment and our call to the water's edge.

This project is proudly administered by the Bass Valley Landcare Group. 

For more information on The Edge of us click here.

Come Plant and Dance! August 18th


If your keen to get your hands dirty planting some trees AND have a little boogie then Intrepid Landcare have organised the event for you! The event is aimed towards 18-35 year olds in the Gippsland region. They have jam packed the day with 4+ hours’ worth of planting, an inspirational talk, dinner, local live music and DJ's! There’s also on-site camping available too.

For more info and how to get involved click here.


Threatened species prosper


The Bass Coast Landcare Network in partnership with Phillip Island Nature Parks has fenced off properties surrounding Churchill island to minimise the impacts of feral species, predominantly rabbits on the Eastern Barred Bandicoot (EBB) which is classified in Victoria as extinct in the wild. A trial release of 20 EBBs was conducted on Churchill Island in 2015 to evaluate the suitability of local conditions. This population increased to approximately 120 individuals in 2 years and has stabilised around this number. 

In addition to the fencing, feral species eradiation within the fenced area has been conducted and during spotlight counts growing numbers of bandicoots and decreasing numbers of feral animals have been recorded, including 2 joey bandicoots seen recently.

This result gives us hope, enables us to gauge the effectiveness of our efforts and contributes to the justification of introducing other native species that are no longer found on Phillip island.

Picture credit: Don Johnson

For other services our Works crew can provide in addition to pest animal management, please click here.

Bringing back the Gippsland forests at Springbank farm


Story contributed by Libby Lambert, Springbank, Bena Victoria.
In 2000, we purchased a 32 ha. valley of ‘blue gum country’ at the top of the Powlett River catchment, in South Gippsland. The native floral biodiversity at that time existed of six mature eucalypts, some declining mature blackwoods, silver wattles, and a few native grasses along the tracks. The fauna consisted of quails, magpies, kookaburras, some migratory birds, a few reptiles and frogs, the Giant Gippsland worms on south and east facing slopes, burrowing crayfish, loads of eels in the dams, foxes and one hare. The Gippsland forest had been cleared in the late 1800’s and the land used for dairy farming then later as grazing for young heifers. In 2000, it had few weeds - blackberries, thistles, some ragwort and boxthorn in a steep gully, as well as some mature pine trees, weeping willows and five beautiful oak trees around the original house site. There was ample water in the dams with one large dam shown on the maps as ‘permanent water’.

Click here to read the rest of this great restoration story.

Wonthaggi Urban Landcare Group Bird Outing


The Wonthaggi Urban Landcare Group hosted a bird monitoring outing at the Wonthaggi Wetlands Reserve on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 with a small group of members and guests attending despite the inclement weather. The outing was led by Bass Coast Landcare Network’s Bird Monitoring Program coordinator Dallas Wyatt. Overall 35 different bird species were recorded and 178 birds counted for the outing. They were very fortunate to get clear views of three Crested Shrike-tit and a flock of eight Varied Sittella during the 500-metre general bird survey. These species are rare in South Gippsland and require remnant bushland or revegetated patches that are at least fifteen years old, and were seen in an area that was revegetated with tube stock plantings in the 1990s, indicating that the conservation works completed back then are now providing additional habitat for these rare birds to utilise. A number of common wetland associated species were recorded, most being quite tame enabling the group to get a good view.

For more information about the Wonthaggi Urban Landcare Group click here.

Growing Master tree growers from Bass Coast – series continues


We have nearly held all nine days of the Master Tree Growers Course, held at different properties all over Gippsland. Last session was held at the Neerim Junction property of Cathy Briant and Andrew Peart. Cathy and Andrew are participants in the course and hosted us for the day. The highlight was a farm walk to look at a pine plantation site recently harvested. Cathy and Andrew also took us through their future agroforestry plans. Thanks to everyone for a great day.

The Master Tree Growers Course is being run by the Western Port Catchment Landcare Network Inc, Bass Coast Landcare Network, Otway Agroforestry Network and Gippsland Agroforestry Network.

Click here for notices of future Training events.

Helping out at the Bunny Boiler Landcare Dinner


Story from Isabel Rooks, Year 9 Wonthaggi Secondary College.
The best part, for me, about helping at the Bunny Boiler Landcare dinner is the contented feeling I got when helping out with a cause that is greater than oneself.
The other best part was meeting the many wonderful people out there who are happy to help and do their part for the environment. Some of these people were a group of my friends and we became the Bunny Helpers for the night. Our jobs varied, covering the preparation, cashiers, waitresses and raffle masters. We all took up the roles gladly and wore our little pink bunny rabbit ears with pride.
The Bunny Boiler is an event held every year, this time at the North Pier Hotel. 

Click here to read the full story...

3 Creeks Landcare Group: Fundraising for a good cause, your support is appreciated!


The 3 Creeks Landcare Group has acquired some excellent wine from the Gippsland Wine Co to raise funds for the Group.  Stocks are limited so please call Ray Kirk on 0491136487 or complete and email the attached order form to order your “3 Creeks” branded wine:  Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Cabernet and Chardonnay.  $14 per bottle or $80 for 6.

For a PDF copy of this order form email [email protected]

To find out more about the 3 Creeks Landcare Group click here.

Don’t keep history a mystery - Reconciliation week


At the end of May, Bass Coast Landcare Network staff celebrated National Reconciliation Week by attending some great community events, including National Sorry Day at the Nobbies, A Welcome and Flag raising ceremony at the Koala Conservation Centre and a Swan Lake Cultural heritage walk. These events organized by partnering organisations, Westernport Water, Phillip Island Nature Parks and Bass Coast Shire Council were designed around the theme, ‘Don’t keep history a mystery’. We were privileged to hear representatives from the Bunurong Land Council and local indigenous community members share stories around their culture at these very well attended events. We even got to eat mutton bird which many of us hadn’t tried before! BCLN is committed to working with the Bunurong Land Council and look forward to partnering on projects and events into the future.

Photo Credit: Geoff Russell, Westernport Water.

My experience of the Wildlife Corridor Walk on Phillip Island


Article written by Isabel Rooks - year 9 student Wonthaggi Secondary College

I was glad that I spent my Saturday with Landcare on their wildlife corridor walk.

I was surprised to learn about the growth of native plants, what local farmers are doing to restore Phillip Island back to its original environment and pieces of history of the island that I have called home since I was born.

The walk on May 16th was a special event held by Landcare where 60 participants from the community walked the wildlife corridor, starting from the Koala Conservation Centre and finishing at Swan Lake. The day hike was part of the celebration of the 150 years of white settlement on Phillip Island.  In addition to this, it was also the 21st anniversary of the wildlife corridor.

In total the walk covered 12kms of land, ranging from farm paddocks still stocked with cattle to shoe-drenching swamps.

Along the way the group of walkers were met by special guests who shared their extended knowledge of the area.  Some of them included Mike Cleeland who told us specific stories in history, always in the way of a humorous tale or a lively poem. Bob Davie, gave a fantastic speech on his multiple projects on helping the environment and spoke of his passion of carbon sequestration. Before Bob, I had no idea that carbon sequestration was a way to reduce carbon dioxide form the atmosphere. By the engaged faces around me, I doubt many had heard of it either. Our last speaker, John Fields, told the group of the 40 acres of bare land that was to be revegetated adjacent to Swan Lake. The plants to be grown will have to be salt, flood and drought resistant.  A tough expectation to fill.

By the end of the walk everyone was happily tired after they had all their questions answered by the many nature expects that came along on the day.

We were all very grateful for the amount of trees that had been planted over the years by Landcare with the communities help.   Because of them, we had the pleasure to enjoy the sounds, smells and animal life of what Phillip Island would've been like 150 years ago.

Click here to find out more about the Phillip Island Landcare Group.


Free energy assessments help farmers better manage energy costs


Farmers who are seeking to better manage their energy costs are now able to apply for an on-farm assessment with the commencement of the Andrews Labor Government’s Agriculture Energy Plan. Assessments will provide farmers with expert advice on how to make smart on-farm energy decisions, and will be free for eligible businesses. Assessments are available for eligible primary producers until March 2020 or until available funding is exhausted (whichever comes first).

Any farmer wanting to access one of the grants to be rolled out under the plan needs to have had an on-farm energy assessment, conducted under this program or by an independent certified assessor in the past two years.

For more information on the Agriculture Energy Investment Plan click here.

Have your say on environmental volunteering


Help shape the future direction of environmental volunteering programs in Victoria. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is working with agencies, businesses, and the community to stop the decline of our native plants and animals. They would like to hear from everyone who is contributing to this goal, or has ideas to increase participation in environmental volunteering. If you already volunteer, they want to better understand your motivations, as well as the challenges you face. If you have never or rarely volunteered, help them better understand the barriers that have limited your participation, or prevent you from volunteering. The online survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and closes on Tuesday 19th of June.
Click here to take you to the survey.

Lots of updates for you on the Bass Coast Landcare Network Website


If you haven't had a look at our website lately, we have been doing a bit of work on it, putting up some fresh information, updates on the Nursery Group, the Works Crew, Group pages, Offsetting your car emissions, news and events, and photos. We have even simplified the information on the process of applying for your own Landcare projects. Check it out!

For information on undertaking your own Landcare project click here.

For news and events click here.

For Case studies click here.

For Fact sheets click here.

For Videos click here.

Or just have a general explore starting at our home page by clicking here.


The River Garden - New Partnership Delivering Quality Outcomes


An exciting partnership between Bass Coast Land Care Network and Gippsland Community Correctional Services (CCS) has been established to work on The BCLN River Garden. The partnership will deliver a meaningful program for offenders reporting to Wonthaggi Justice Service Centre and provide the opportunity to learn skills in sustainable food systems, the agriculture industry and community integration.

Clients are currently installing the fruit tree and berry trellis, preparing the last 2 swales ready for planting, and maintaining the site – it looks fantastic. The next stage is to develop the compost bays, plant fruit trees, nutteries and vegetables, and prepare the large vegetable bed.

Danielle Sellens, Manager Community Work & Partnerships for the Gippsland Region said that partnerships such as this are integral to the rehabilitation of clients within the community. 

"They provide a meaningful community work option with a quality outcome to residents and visitors to the area. This project in particular allows the Gippsland Community Work Program to showcase the diverse ability to deliver quality outcomes in a prominent area of the community." Ms Sellens said. 

We welcome the CCS Work Teams and we are grateful for all the hard work they are doing. 

For more information about the River Garden please click here.

Bass River Planting at the River Garden


Six months ago, the Bass Coast Green Army group planted 400 shrubs, grasses, and sedges along the Bass River at the base of our River Garden, just beside the bridge on the Bass Highway.

You may have noticed the big green/blue tree guards which needed to be installed to keep wallabies and rabbits from eating the seedlings. These have since been removed and the plants are doing well.

The native plants are a much better alternative to the old pine trees which stood there not too long ago, and it will be a beautiful habitat for native animals living by the River, providing shelter from the elements and protection from predators.

We look forward to watching it progress into a dense little patch of native vegetation.

For more information on the River Garden project please click here.

You can now offset your car emissions with BCLN


We are excited to announce our new program to encourage people to offset their car’s emissions. The way the program works is members of the community can make a donation which varies depending on the size of their car, and in return, BCLN will plant a number of native plants which will offset the emissions of that size car.

Participants will receive a sticker for their donation, which states ‘We’ve Offset our Car Emissions with Bass Coast Landcare Network’ which they can proudly place on their rear windscreen to show off their commitment to the environment. We hope to gain lots of interest and see these stickers out on the roads soon.

To offset your car emissions with BCLN click here.

Bass Coast Arc – Public Fund making projects a reality - Donate today to make a difference


The Bass Coast Landcare Network Public Fund is a regional charitable organisation focusing on conserving biodiversity in Bass Coast. We need your tax-deductible donations to help fund small projects by local community groups working with the relevant Land Managers to improve public spaces and create community access.

Under the banner of “Bass Coast Arc – Community Access to Public Space” the Public Fund aims to support local community groups doing things like: Managing pest plants and animals, surveying vegetation, repairing and upgrading infrastructure, including public tracks and fences.

Be a part of this important work - Click here to donate today!


Works Crew & Intrepid Landcare - Kelsey Tong


Kelsey is 20 years old and has lived in the Bass Coast region her entire life. She has been involved with Bass Coast Landcare and 3 Creeks Landcare since she was very young, and has been working as a casual in the Works Crew for the Bass Coast Landcare Network since 2016. Kelsey is in her final year of University at Deakin, working towards a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Environmental Management and Sustainability). She is also one of the co-founding members of Gippsland Intrepid Landcare, which aims to connect youth (18-35 year-olds) to their local region and encourage them to get outdoors, where she is also the social media manager and helps with project management.

Say hi if you see her around!

To meet the rest of our staff team, click here.

Tell us your stories....

We would love to hear from you and your groups with stories and photos of what's been happening in your area and suggestions of things that you would like to see in your E-news.

We look forward to meeting and catching up with you at some of the events coming up around Bass Coast, 

Until next month, 

From the Bass Coast Landcare Network. 


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