Landcare groups enthralled by district projects
SEVENTY-FIVE Landcare enthusiasts from western Victoria heard a diverse range of speakers in Portland on what is being done to improve the environment in the district.
Event co-organiser South West Coast Network Landcare facilitator Gary Milich said the annual gathering of Landcare, Coastcare and Natural Resource Management groups within the Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority area were all very enthusiastic and interested in what they heard last Thursday morning and then saw during a field trip in the afternoon.
The morning session was held at the Portland Bowling Club.
Mr Milich said Cashmore farmer John Keiller spoke about shelter belts and increased lambing rates at his property; Bill Golding from the Friends of the Great South West Walk spoke about Landcare developments at Cape Bridgewater to curb erosion; Andy Govanstone spoke about weed control at Point Danger; biochar enthusiast Doug Phillips updated people about biochar and the trial happening at Gorae; while Mark Bachmann from the Nature Glenelg Trust made a presentation about the draining of and the restoration of Long Swamp near Nelson.