West Gippsland is home to a vibrant Landcare community. The region has 72 diverse Landcare Groups who participate in activities such as biodiversity walks, soil health field days, community tree plantings, social events and catch ups. These groups are supported by five Landcare networks who provide project support, best practice advice and information to members.

A report card for 2016/17 has been created, showcasing the many achievements of the 72 Landcare groups in our region.

See a snapshot of the achievements of the Regional Landcare Coordinator and Regional Community Grants projects in the National Landcare Program Five Year Overview 2013-2018

For further information or to join a local group, please contact the relevant network.

Social Return On Investment – working with Landcare

We have  long recognised the positive impact Landcare projects have on the local community. Gippsland Landcare networks have been a key delivery partner for WGCMA for close to 20 years.

In 2015, we received Victorian State Government funding as part of the Regional Riparian Action Plan (RRAP) to support community works along
waterways. We directed $15,000 of this funding to the Merriman Creek Landcare Group to undertake on-ground works such as tree planting, fencing and weed control. The group managed all aspects of project delivery including hiring contractors and deciding where the funding should be spent.

This report provides a summary of the results of a Social Return on Investment (SROI) evaluation that analyses the social value created by the Merriman Creek Landcare Group project.

The Social Return on Investment for this Landcare project indicates that for every $1 spent on a Landcare project there is at least $3.41 return in social value. This includes increased social connectedness, emotional wellbeing, increased NRM knowledge and skills, improved group dynamics, increased physical activity/participation, reduced labour and chemical costs (better weed control) and improved relationships with local community.

You can download a copy of the full SROI report here.

Landcare networks in our region

West Gippsland Landcare Gateway

Bass Coast Landcare Network

Ph: 5678 2335 Email:

Maffra and District Landcare Network

Ph: 1300 094 262 Email:

Latrobe Catchment Landcare Network

Ph: 1300 094 262 Email:

South Gippsland Landcare Network

Ph: 5662 5759 Email:

Yarram Yarram Landcare Network

Ph: 5182 5073 Email:

Regional Landcare Plan 2013-2018

The Regional Landcare Plan was developed in conjunction with the five networks, to guide regional support for Landcare. It reflects the principles of the Victorian Landcare Program Strategic Plan.

WGCMA Landcare Network map