Successful Landcare Forum held in Yea Shire Hall
“On the 27th February, the Upper Goulburn Landcare Network supported by the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority and the Murrindindi Shire, hosted a landcare forum for new and part-time landholders. The forum was designed to provide an introduction to landholders regarding issues such as planning, legal responsibilities, weed control, fire planning and preparation and stock selection, and also to assist landholders with information regarding where to go for further assistance. Guest speakers were Cathy Olive from the Upper Goulburn Landcare Network and the Euroa Arboretum, Sue McNair, Environmental Officer from Murrindindi Shire, Alex Caughey from CFA and Doug Norman, Veterinarian at Alexandra Veterinary Clinic.
Doug Norman, Veterinarian from the Alexandra Veterinary Clinic discussed the importance of correct species selection for your property.
Cathy Olive discussed the importance of knowing your property and it’s assets before making major decisions regarding land use.
Sue McNair spoke about the importance of weed identification and management and landholder responsibilities.
Alex Caughey spoke to attendees regarding the importance of planning and preparing your property for the fire season.
Thirty –five people attended the forum from across the Upper Goulburn Catchment. Landholders were new to the rural lifestyle, long-time landholders and many in between. Feedback from attendees indicates that the forum was incredibly informative.
“What a wonderful forum you have put together. As one new to the area and interested in putting together a small farm – it has been invaluable.”
“Enjoyed the range of material covered and found it very informative. My knowledge has increased of the whole area issues.”
Also represented at the forum were; Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority, Raw Plants, Victorian Blackberry Task Force, Kinglake Landcare group and Dindi Ag., all available to answer landholder questions and provide information.
Following on from the forum the Upper Goulburn Landcare Network will develop workshops to attend to the interests of landholders. These workshops will be on topics such as weed identification and management, assessing the vegetation on your property and soil tests and interpretation.