Malmsbury District Landcare
Formed in 1996
115 Members as of 2022
Malmsbury District Landcare recognises the Djaara (people) of the Dja Dja Wurrung as the traditional owners of the djandak (land) on which we are living. We acknowledge that they have both influenced and been influenced by this land for thousands of years and we invite you all to pay your respects to their elders, past, present and emerging. We draw your attention to the Galk Galk Gundidj clan (belonging to the forest) who once roamed this part of Country and acknowledge that the land has never been ceded, but was stolen.
Key areas of activity:
Malmsbury crosses Macedon Ranges, Hepburn and Mount Alexander Shires; 75% of members live locally and 80% have smaller lifestyle properties. The group produces a quarterly newsletter and hosts regular public meetings and community events. We have developed a reputation for rehabilitating degraded public land and restoring it into valuable community assets. With projects at Malmsbury, Lauriston and in the Wombat State Forest near Denver, we hold true to our name and work for the benefit of the district. Much of our focus is centred around the waterways with both the Coliban River and Kangaroo Creek featuring strongly and we plan to work on Back Creek when funding opportunities become available for that part of the catchment.
Protection of our flora and fauna is always a key aspect of our projects and our activities have identified populations of a large number of threatened species including Greater Gliders, Brush-tailed Phascogales and Bibron’s Toadlet. Our lists include six threatened bird species and 18 threatened flora species. Members have opportunities to become directly involved in our flora and fauna survey work.
Over 30,000 indigenous trees and shrubs have been grown and planted on members properties since 2009 with more than 10,000 additional plants going into our local projects. Field days and excursions to see projects or items of educational or environmental interest have also been popular and are frequently conducted in conjunction with neighbouring Landcare groups.