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Landcare Grants Now Open

Bellarine Landcare Group (BLG) are calling for applications from private landholders and schools to undertake environmental on-ground works on the Bellarine Peninsula. Funding will be provided to assist landholders undertake:

  • Remnant vegetation protection and enhancement;
  • Waterway, creek and drainage line fencing and revegetation;
  • Revegetation corridors

The aim of this Grant is to assist landholders to restore 7 ha of indigenous vegetation in 2017, creating wildlife corridor linkages, with a particular focus on protection of waterways flowing into the Ramsar wetlands of Lake Connewarre and Swan Bay.

These financial incentives have been received through the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority’s Landcare Grant 2016-17.

The maximum grant rates available are (incl. GST):

  • Standard Fencing: $2.50 per metre (Fencing cost around $8/m through Contractor)
  • Indigenous plants: $1.00 per plant (Nursery cost: $2/plant)
  • Tree guards: $0.35 per guard
  • Weed control of planting sites: $0.10 per plant or up to $45 / ha

To discuss your project ideas further contact Bellarine Landcare Group Facilitator, Sophie Small facilitator@bellarinelandcare.org.au / ph 0457 333 727

To download an application form click here

Applications close 31 October, 2016



Another fun Blitz!

Volunteers planted trees in a small gap in a wonderful corridor of previously planted indigenous trees and shrubs. Many of the older plants had outgrown their guards so these were removed. Having a team of workers meant the work was done quickly and painlessly. It was accompanied by a walk through the area and then delicious sausages and a glass of wine in the fantastic sun of the day.

Blitz planting

Anyone who is interested in helping with Blitz! or hosting one to get help is encouraged to contact our Facilitator Sophie.

Orange-bellied parrots

An August 2016 update from Craig Morley, Bellarine Peninsula OBP Regional Group Co-ordinator, tells us there is exciting news of the three OBPs at Swan Bay. They have had success in reading the complete band details on each of the birds.

See full note.

Successful Rural Event

The Rural Women's gathering in Portarlington treated women from the Corangamite region to a Welcome and Smoking Ceremony at Pt Richards Flora and Fauna Reserve with Wadawurrung women, a guided walk through the Reserve with Bellarine Bayside staff, followed by a basket weaving session with Tammy Gilson and Mary-Teresa Ritchie, lovely lunch at Leura Park, and a tour of Drysdale Goats Cheeses with Corinne Blacket. Thanks everyone for an awesome day!!!

Rural women

Our Indigenous Nursery

Our wonderful Indigenous Nursery is a joint initiative between Bellarine Landcare Group and Bellarine Secondary College.  Each year the nursery produces thousands of seedlings, indigenous to the Bellarine, for purchase by Landcare members and for major revegetation projects. Read more about the nursery.


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Our facilitators are often out and about - they can be contacted most easily by email:


Our Rabbit Program

In early 2015 we called landholders to a meeting about rabbit eradication. As a result of the wonderful turn-up at our first meeting, the BLG is now developing a Bellarine-wide Rabbit Eradication Program. If you are interested in this, please contact our facilitator.

NRM Planning Portal 

See the maps of NRM activities in our region

NRMPPTo access the interactive map, you will need to go to the following website: http://www.ccmaknowledgebase.vic.gov.au/nrmpp/cb_pages/disclaimer.php

The map is incomplete for the Peninsula but growing - some regions have already entered a considerable amount fo information and can now use their maps for planning and monitoring activities.

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