Environmental Education In Schools
Our Project Officers and Facilitators are currently working with 9 schools in the Murrindindi Shire. We discuss with the schools their environmental programs and wishes and work with each school to assist them to achieve their goals. For example, Buxton Primary School have a bush block they have cleared of weeds, revegetated with indigenous bird attracting plants and created pathways for safe access. Guest speakers have visited the school to talk to the students about identifying the local bird species. Several of the schools have a focus on healthy, local, sustainable food and so have developed vegetable gardens at their schools.
Kids Teaching Kids Forum
The Kids Teaching Kids forum is held each year in the Yea Wetlands, bringing all 9 schools and Avenel Primary School together. This program is based on the Australia-wide Kids Teaching Kids program developed by Aaron Wood where children share their environmental learning with each other, creating ownership and a passion for learning and the environment.
Learning With Landcare
It has been identified that there has been a gap in the Landcare market for information for new landholders and particularly landholders with properties smaller than 200acres. Learing with Landcare provides and introductory forum where attendees are provided information regarding what their responsibilities are withpest plant and animal management, animal husbandry and the legal requirements of owning stock, biodiversity on your property and planning for fire. Following on from this forum we provide informative workshops on various topics as requested by landholders such as; Weed identification, property planning considerations, soil testing, horse care and many more.
Great Victorian Rail Trail
Five Landcare Groups in the UGLN have adopted sections of the rail trail in their patch to support the shire and manage those sectionswith picninc areas, weed control and where needed, revegetation. We also have a weed mapping and management program along the trail from Trawool to Merton. This program has been made possible in the past with funding from the State Government. The UGLN has recently secured funding through VicTracks to continuethis work. Nature walks along the trail, National Tree Day plantings, weed identification and working bees are some of the activities of this program.
Priority Weed Control
The UGLN currently has funding through the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority Victorian Landcare Grants to providesubsidies for landowners for the cost of purchasing chemicals to spray Regionally Controlled weeds. These weeds include Blackberry, Gorse, Broom, Chilean Needle Grass, Serrated Tussock and Japanese Honeysuckle. The subsidy is 50% of the cost of chemicals up to $300. Click here to access the claim form.
Alexandra Composting Program
Incorporated into the school program, we have a small amount of funding to support a community based program in partnership with Alexandra Secondary School and Murrindindi Shire Council. VCAL students from the High School visit many of the businesses in Alexandra and collect their food waste. This is then taken to the community vegetable garden at St Johns Church with the help of their trusty 'Worms on Wheels' Bike where the group have built compost bays.
The UGLN is Partnership with Agriculture Victoria and Murrindindi Shire Council are currently running a QFF monitoring program in the Murrindindi Shire.
This program, funded by Agriculture Victoria, aims to bring awareness to community regarding this damaging insect.
The UGLN have QFF traps available free of charge for community members who are willing to be a part of this monitoring program.
King Parrot Creek Fox Control Program
With support from DELWP, Parks Victoria, Murrindindi Shire Council and GBCMA, the UGLN are supporting landowners to manage fox numbers on their properties. This program features information workshops, Farm Chemical User Permit workshops, community awareness regarding the impact of foxes on native wildlife and stock. Our Project Officer Chris Cobern is managing this program.
Native Vegetation Offset Program
UGLN are working with Murrindindi Shire COuncil (MSC) to implement the MSC historical offsets program on private land.
Ribbins Of Remnant Roadsides.
Our immediate past resident was the brainchild behind this program. Bruce saw the need to protect our roadsides from wood collection for firewood and invasive weeds.
Many of the roadsides in the shire have high EVCs (Ecological Vegetation Class), which means the native vegetation needs to be protected. This program involves weed management, revegetation where required, building community awareness around the value of these sites through flora and fauna walks and signage.