COVID-19 updated rules and what it means for Landcare in Victoria

With COVID-19 rules changing and parts of Victoria coming out of lockdown this week, we want to ensure that the Victorian Landcare community is able to operate safely and that members are aware of their responsibilities and the rules in place. 

It is very important that landcare groups conform to all the rules relevant to COVID safety.

Landcare Victoria Inc. cannot provide member groups with authoritative advice about whether particular activities can be carried out, as that judgement must be made locally. 

Landcare Victoria Inc. cannot and does not intend to mandate any particular policy regarding COVID for landcare groups. Each group must make their own decision in the context of their operations, membership and staffing arrangements, and each group need to make their own decisions in a work health and safety context.

We would like to note that employers have a duty to provide a safe and hazard-free workplace for their staff and volunteers. Whether on committees or planting trees, volunteers are entitled to the same health and safety protections as paid workers and any policies must apply to all in the organisation.

We have summarised the most recent rules for your guidance and hope that you ensure all guidance is followed and meet the requirements as directed by the Victorian Chief Health Officer. 

Click here to learn more on the COVID-19 guidance for Landcare in Victoria 

If you have any further questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at or call (03) 9034 1940.

We pay our respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands in Victoria.
We take inspiration from the legacy of Victorian Aboriginal people, who have produced food, while caring for the ecological systems that life depends upon, for tens of thousands of years.

Animal Welfare Group Shelter Belt Project

The Anglican Parish of Gisborne Animal Welfare Group has received a Community Grant through the Macedon Ranges Shire Council for their agricultural Shelter Belt Project.

The Grant allows the Animal Welfare Group to provide a limited number of complimentary shelter belt packages (native tube stock) for livestock shelter provision and biodiversity recovery.

Orders are now being taken on the following species, which will be ready for planting in Autumn 2022:

Acacia dealbata (Silver Wattle)
Acacia mearnsii (Black Wattle)
Acacia verniciflua (Varnish Wattle)
Cassinia longifolia (Shiny Cassinia)
Dodonaea viscosa (Wedge Leaf Hop Bush)
Eucalyptus aggregata (Black Gum)
Eucalyptus dives (Broad Leaf Peppermint)
Eucalyptus goniocalyx (Broad Leaf Box)
Eucalyptus laxteri (Brown Stringy Bark)
Eucalyptus macrorlyncha (Red Stringy Bark)
Eucalyptus melliodora (Yellow Box)
Eucalyptus obliqua (Messmate)
Eucalyptus ovata (Swamp Gum)
Eucalyptus radiata (Narrow Leaf Peppermint)
Eucalyptus rubida (Candlebark)
Eucalyptus tricarpa (Red Ironbark)
Eucalyptus viminalis (Manna Gum)
Leptospermum continentale (Prickly Tea-Tree)
Pultenea daphnoides (Large Leaf Bush-Pea)

For further information or to receive an application form please contact Janine Mc Dougall at

Proudly supported by Macedon Ranges Shire Council.

Leaky Landscapes Symposium

From the ground up: Climate proofing our landscapes and biodiversity – Practical approaches to soil absorption and techniques for fixing desertified landscapes

8th and 9th October 2021

Online via Zoom Keynote speakers include Dr David Tongway, Professor David Watson, Dr Jon Fawcett and more to come

Tickets are FREE for all Biolinks Alliance Network Members and students (tickets must be purchased with a relevant organisation email address or student email)

This Symposium will be looking at practical approaches to fixing the damaged landscapes of central Victoria making them more absorbent (less leaky) and so more biologically productive and better able to withstand the impacts of climate change.

Restoring and climate proofing our environment is widely recognised as being essential to helping biodiversity adapt to climate change – but what is less well understood is how to do this.

Many of our natural systems are less healthy, biodiverse and productive than they once were, due to histories of degradation through gold mining, timber cutting and agriculture. Their soils are no longer porous enough to absorb rainfall so less water is available to the landscape and its food webs. Hotter, drier, more variable weather brought on by climate change is amplifying the ‘desertification’ of environments.

It will be a forum for researchers, conservation practitioners, landholders and land managers and interested community members to share information and experiences, form connections and develop collaborative and strategic approaches to ecosystem restoration that specifically aim to restore and climate-proof damaged landscapes by rebuilding soil health and water holding capacity for carbon, hydrology, productivity and biodiversity (improved habitat/resources for threatened species) benefits.

Even though we might feel that urgent global action on emissions reduction is out of our hands, there are things we can do to better prepare our backyards and local landscapes for the worst impacts of Climate Change.

This forum showcases 21st century strategies and practical case studies that has been largely missing from policy debates about local environment climate change mitigation. There is so much more that needs to be done and can be done if we work together effectively to make it happen.

It will bring together leading researchers, exemplar projects and interested practitioners in a two-day event exploring the science and practice of improving the hydrological function of landscapes, in order to support people to take practical actions to building climate resilience in their local regions.

General public tickets are $15 (all sessions)

Government Agencies/Industry professionals are $50 (all sessions)