Moveable and strip fencing information session

Macedon Ranges Shire Council invites you to join Jason McAinch from Council’s Strategic Planning and Environment Department for an information session, including practical demonstrations on:

  • How to use moveable electric strip fence equipment efficiently
  • Strip grazing stock and water supply access
  • Kangaroo exclusion fencing options
  • Cattle, sheep and other livestock strip grazing options

For further information contact Jason McAinch at jmcainch@mrsc.vic.gov.au or on 0455 210 436

Meeting of the Healthy Coliban Catchment Community Reference Group

The Healthy Coliban Catchment Community Reference Group met 13 February 2020. This was Meeting Five of the bimonthly get togethers. 

The project, run by NCCMA and Coliban Water, is currently funded for Five years but looks to run for 20 years. It’s big!

UCLN has a seat at the table, along with other active participants.

The aim is to protect and restore the Coliban and its tributaries upstream of the Malmsbury Reservoir, ensuring long terms water supply and boosting habitat connectivity for our native animals.

In practice this means working with farmers who are happy to fence their part of the rivers while maintaining water supply for their stock. 

NCCMA and Coliban Water are working with Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, farmers representatives, MRSC, UCLN and Landcare Groups such as Malmsbury. 

At the last meeting John Walters from Malmsbury described the important work that his group is doing to complement the overall strategy. Works underway include:

  • 300 kilometres of fencing to control stock adjacent to key waterways
  • revegetation of riverbanks to create biodiversity corridors
  • funding off-stream watering alternatives for livestock
  • willow removal at key sites

A public event to promote and celebrate achievements is scheduled for May 17 2020. 

Details to follow.

For more information phone Rod White at NCCMA on 03 5448 7124 or visit http://www.nccma.vic.gov.au/ or http://www.coliban.com.au/ and follow the links.

PLATYPUS MONITORING: 2nd CITIZEN SCIENTIST FIELD DAY

Flyer for the 2nd Platypus Monitoring – Citizen Scientist Field Day, Tuesday 24th September 2019 at Kyneton, Victoria

The Upper Campaspe Landcare Network (UCLN) is excited to announce the upcoming second Platypus Citizen Science Sampling Day. The event provides members of the community with the special opportunity of becoming “Citizen Scientists” for a morning!

The event takes place on Tuesday 24th September 2019 (details below).

This important project contributes to the better understanding of platypus (and blackfish) populations across the Campaspe River and Coliban River catchments. This information can then be used by the communities to better protect the environment along local streams.

The Platypus project is a partnership between UCLN and Melbourne-based scientific research and environmental company EnviroDNA. Senior ecologist and platypus expert Dr Josh Griffiths from EnviroDNA who leads the project and provides the technical know-how. Staff from Coliban Water and the North Central Catchment Management Authority (NCCMA) are key partners.

Members of the public are encouraged to register their interest in participating for this important Citizen Science event. It’s on Tuesday 24th September 2019, between 9am and 2pm. Please meet at the Kyneton Mineral Springs Picnic Area, Burton Avenue, Kyneton.

To register for this event and for more information please contact president@uppercampaspelandcare.org.au

Project funding is provided by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).