Loddon Plains Landcare Network Inc. was established in 2009 to provide leadership and support to Landcare and NRM groups in the Loddon region.
The Loddon Plains Landcare Network Inc. supports a critical mass of like-minded landholders, volunteers and groups with broad interests in enhancing biodiversity and natural assets across the Loddon Plains.
The network includes 18 groups across the region and works closely with agencies, farming system groups, local government and other community groups to deliver activities relevant to the region.
LPLN Inc. activities brings together nearly 400 land managers responsible for approximately 400,000 ha of private and public land.
Our activities and priorities are guided by:
- Landcare member groups
- LPLN GOANNA program via its Blueprint for Action and Priority Landscapes Strategy 2021 – 2025
- LPLN Sustainable Agriculture Strategy
COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT
Will Sanson– Landcare Facilitator & Goanna Project Officer
Will joined Loddon Plains Landcare Network in August 2022. Will co-ordinates the Network group activities and manages the Goanna Project focussed on delivering large-scale projects across the Loddon Plains landscape.
Will has a passion for Environmental Management and Community empowerment through delivering and assisting community driven projects. His Qualifications include a Bachelor of Environmental Science from Deakin University, with a focus on environmental Management and Sustainability. Will has studied in Australia and undertaken Placements and exchanges in both Nepal and China as part of his studies.
Will has worked in project management in mining at one of the most successful Gold Mining operations in Australia. He has been involved in Environmental Monitoring, restoration, community engagement, and waste programs.
Will has been part of many local community groups in the Central Victorian Region including holding committee positions and managing clubs. Will grew up in Bendigo, studied in Melbourne and Central Victoria and frequented the Loddon Shire from a young age.
Will lives locally on an acreage property in Powlett Plains.
Will is based in Inglewood at the LPLN Goods Shed.
Contact via email: email@example.com or Phone: 0490412430
Danny Pettingill – Sustainable & Regenerative Agriculture facilitator
Danny’s passion is centered in collaboration and design. Having made a career in the theatre industry as a designer, artist, engineer and educator at the forefront of innovative collaborative and creative practice before moving into the Landcare community, Danny brings this energy into our sustainable & regenerative farming projects.
Danny was included in the top 12 finalists of Landcare Australia’s 2020 Bob Hawke Landcare Award and was the recipient of the 2019 Victoria Government’s Our Catchments Our Community Leadership in Innovation Development Award, focusing on understanding the relationships between water cycles, community dynamics (biodiversity) and healthy flora and fauna populations.
Danny is a Director of Landcare Victoria Inc. and sits on the City of Greater Bendigo Farming and Agribusiness Advisory Committee. He has lead community development workshops in beekeeping and small enterprise in Samoa, with a focus on developing skills for women in the establishment of small business.
Danny has previously worked as the LPLN landcare facilitator before focussing on the regenerative agriculture projects with LPLN and pursuing other business ventures
Contact Danny: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gus Gould -Landscape Project Officer
Gus joined the LPLN in February of 2023. He helps to co-ordinate projects for the goanna
Gus has grown up in the Loddon shire all his life and has a strong passion for the outdoors,
the environment and sustainable land management. Gus’s qualifications include having an
Advanced Diploma in Agribusiness Management which he while at Longerenong Agricultural
College. During his studies Gus spent time working on a cattle station in the northern
territory where he learned about other grazing methods contrary to what he has learnt in
his time in and around the Loddon shire.
Gus has been part of many local community groups including being a CFA member, coaching
the Boort junior hockey team, and boundary umpiring senior football games.
Andrew Perryman – Landscape Project Officer
Andrew joined the Loddon Plains Landcare Network in March 2023. Andrew was born in the area and grew up on his parents 3,000 acre farm at Borung.
Upon finishing his tertiary education at Wedderburn he continued working and living on farm. During that time completing a four year farm apprenticeship at the Charlton Technical College.
Although Andrew moved to Bendigo to follow his other passion photography he has always had an interest in sustainable farm practices and planting trees and native vegetation.
Andrew worked in the media as a photographer with the Bendigo Advertiser and then later moving to work for the Bendigo Weekly where he won numerous photographic awards.
Shifting back to the area Andrew purchased a house in Inglewood and still owns property in Borung.
Charlie Emich (Charlotte) – Landscape Project Officer
Charlie is a passionate landscape regenerator who has been working and volunteering in the field for 8 years. If you don’t see her planting trees you’ll probably find her walking out bush somewhere, studying places through drawing, photography or soundscape recording.
Charlie has got extensive work experience, working all around Australia for different Revegetation businesses and the CMA. One of her most loved projects include working on Ned Corner Station, a Trust for Nature Property near Mildura in Victoria.
Being a Project Officer is an exciting new learning experience for her, seeing more into the organizational side of things while still being out on the field most days, which is what she loves the most.
Growing up in Germany and moving to Australia at the age of 18 shows her adventurous mindset and energy. It also reflects on her everyday passion to protect Australia’s rare and wild places.
Charlie and her partner live in Tragowel, the northern end of the Loddon plains area on a big sheep and cropping farm.
Contact Charlie: email@example.com