Local projects to benefit

Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas (far right), speaks to landcare members about the Labor Government’s commitment to ensure funding for landcare facilitators. She is seen here with (left to right) Oliver, Malcolm and Meg Shurell from Newham Landcare, Alan Denehey (president of Ashbourne Landcare), Penny Roberts (president of Newham and District Landcare), and Angela and Alice Van Dam from Woodend Landcare. They are walking in a landcare planting area which is part of a wildlife and biodiversity corridor. Photo: Sandy ScheltemaLocal landcare groups have welcomed a $3.2 million commitment from the State Government to ensure funding for Victoria’s 68 landcare facilitators for another four years.

Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, said the funding would give certainty to landcare groups and projects throughout the region to continue their important work.

Sandy Scheltema, the Upper Campaspe Landcare Network facilitator responsible for bringing 14 landcare groups together across the region, welcomed the funding certainty.

“I’m pleased to hear of the ongoing funding for landcare facilitators. It enables me to continue doing this important work, which supports all 14 of the landcare and friends groups within our network,” Ms Sheltema said.

Penny Roberts, president of the Newham and District Landcare Group, was also pleased to hear funding would be continued.

“Our landcare group has been working on a long-term project towards creating a wildlife and biodiversity corridor called the Campaspe Maribyrnong Headwaters Biolink,” Ms Roberts said.

“This funding means that the work of landcare facilitators – informing, encouraging and enabling landcare volunteers – will continue to add value to the enormous contribution made by volunteers.”

Alan Denehey is president of the Ashbourne Landcare Group which is establishing a streamside biolink along a 16.5-kilometre stretch of the Campaspe River from Wombat State Forest to the Tylden-Woodend Road.

He said the project brought together 26 landowners along the Campaspe River who have been working closely with the North Central Catchment Management Authority and landcare facilitators.

“Further downstream, we’ve also recently completed a streamside recovery project along 950 metres of the Campaspe River involving five landowners and Woodend Primary School students,” Mr Denehey said.

“The work we do not only benefits our environment but is all about capacity building in our local communities.”

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