· Demonstrate a cohesive approach to community participation in landscape-scale change, habitat protection and enhancement, and sustainable agricultural production across the network’s area
· Provide the NWF with a sample of the diversity of people and projects that make up the network
· Seek a partnership with NWF and ultimately funding to develop a strategic plan for the network and the area that we cover.
Lunch was appreciated and enjoyed on the banks of the Loddon River at Bill Twigg’s Elmswood property. Bill, a passionate land carer talked of his love of trees and the beauty of the river but added that the peaceful scene that we were enjoying was in fact the result of planning and revegetation that had been carried out inprevious years and was still ongoing. He also commented on the favourable shade effects that this work had had on his lamb breeding programme.
Colleen Condcliffe, of Salisbury West Landcare Group, agreeing wholeheartedly with Bill’s strategy, described the efforts of her group in progressing their community biodiversity action plan for their greening of part of the Loddon River.
Lunch finished, the group proceeded first to view a site along the Wychitella road, north of Wedderburn, that had been revegetated by the Wedderburn Conservation Management Network (WCMN). Peter Morison of DSE, one of the partner groups of the WCMN, related how the work had been done to enhance the habitat of various woodland bird species including the nationally endangered malleefowl.
As time was passing rather quickly and deadlines had to be met the group moved to view the Australian Bush Heritage site at Mount Kerang. Bush Heritage is also a WCMN partner group. Much work has been done at this property to control pest plants and animals, monitor grazing pressure by studying exclusion plots, and the discovery of a rare species of orchid and the revegetation of the property. The views from Mount Kerang were spectacular.
An informative day enjoyed by all.