Landcare

West Gippsland is home to a vibrant Landcare community, consisting of 72 Landcare groups, who are supported by five Landcare networks.

Bass Coast Landcare Network

Latrobe Catchment Landcare Network

Maffra and District Landcare Network

South Gippsland Landcare Network

Yarram Yarram Landcare Network

If you are interested in undertaking a Landcare project, but unsure where to start, you can fill out this EOI form.

How we support Landcare

We support Landcare across the region via the Regional Landcare Coordinator and Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator, and through the delivery of the Victorian Landcare Grants. Our support is guided by the Regional Landcare Plan 2013-2018. The Regional Landcare Plan 2020-2025 will be released in early 2020.

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.

WGCMA Landcare Network map