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

Intrepid Landcare

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 Support Plan.

The Landcare in West Gippsland Group Handbook

Good governance is essential for community groups and networks. It ensures that obligations are met, fairness and due process are followed, problems are minimised and groups and committees function well.

But it can be time-consuming and challenging for volunteers.

Landcare in West Gippsland Group Handbook

The Landcare in West Gippsland Group Handbook is a complete governance manual, with information and editable forms that can be tailored to suit your group or committee. Don’t start from scratch, when we’ve done the hard work for you!

Download your free copy here.

A lady holding a manual
Latrobe Landcare Facilitator Marnie Ellis with the Landcare Governance Handbook.
WGCMA Landcare Network map

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.

You will find some great stories from the Landcare community on the Gippslandscapes Podcast.

A semi-regular look at local people doing great things in the environment.

You can get visit our Podcast Library or subscribe to Gippslandscapes wherever you get your podcasts.

Page reviewed and updated October 29 2020.