welcome to the hindmarsh landcare network website
The Hindmarsh Landcare Network (HLN) aims to bring local Landcare groups together to improve and protect the natural environment of the West Wimmera and Southern Mallee. It also gives individual Landcare groups and communities a united voice and helps develop local projects, increase investment for environmental action and accelerate the level of work on private land.
HLN has four major areas of interest including:
- Protection of Native Vegetation with particular reference to improved habitat, rare, threatened and endangered species and connecting plant communities
- Control and management of Pest Plant and Pest Animal species protecting productive land use and natural environment
- Improved condition of waterways and wetlands, and protection of the surrounding environment
- Improved landholder uptake and implementation of sustainable agricultural practices
Go to About Us for more information.
Project Hindmarsh Planting Weekend 17th, 18th August 2013
REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.
Project Hindmarsh is the Hindmarsh Landcare Network's most successful and well known flagship program. The program is a collaborative effort between the Network and a range of stakeholders and agencies. Every year many projects are completed under the flag of Project Hindmarsh by the Network and project partners.
This Planting Weekend we are expecting over 200 volunteers to join us at the Little Desert Nature Lodge for a weekend of fun and hard work, helping to revegetate and restore native vegetation on both public and private land. To register for the Planting Weekend, please click on the link after the information below and fill out the registration form. You will be able to indicate which planting site you would like to attend on your registration form (no guarantees you will get this but at least let us know your preference based on the information below).
Planting Site Maps - Saturday 17th August
Site 1 - Snape Reserve (pdf, 2041kbs)
Rated as: Easy to Med, 3 separate planting zones, sandy rises and Mallee flats.
Snape Reserve is a Trust for Nature site, acquired in 2002. The volunteers who dedicate their time to the Reserve have an aim to protect remnant vegetation, undertake revegetation work to allow the Reserve to return to its natural condition and undertake weed control. The volunteers also have an overall aim to allow nature to take its course on the Reserve. In 2003 Project Hindmarsh volunteers undertook revegetation works on the Reserve and 10 years on they are back again to continue the great work.
Site 2 - Haines (pdf, 2025kbs)
Rated as: Medium to hard site, long site with loamy soils.
We have been planting shelter belts on our land since 1990, and when we bought this property twelve months ago it seemed natural to stamp it as ours by establishing more trees on it. We farm biodynamically, and including native vegetation in our ecosystem is part of our holistic approach to farming. This project will involve planting a twenty metre wide strip of vegetation along each of the northern and southern boundaries of our new block, a total of over six km. Importantly, these belts will become natural corridors westwards from the Wimmera River, through our home farm to the Gerang Glenlee Rd, which has several excellent flora reserves along it.
Site 3 - Jaeschke (pdf, 1025kbs)
Rated as: Easy-Med site, small concentrated site and river flat country.
The site is an anabranch off the Wimmera River, a Riverine Chenopod Woodland, which will have infill planting done to enhance the majestic old Blackbox trees that are present and now regenerating after the flood.
Waterproof footwear will be needed if wet and a large part of the planting will be niche planting into the swamp area with a smaller area of corridor planting. Craspedia paludicola (Swamp Billy buttons) Pycnosorus chrysanthes (Billy buttons) Pycnosorus globosus (Drumsticks) are just a sample of the species to be planted.
Planting Site Map - Sunday 18th August
Site 4 - Maddern (pdf, 1270kbs)
Rated as: Medium to easy, lighter Mallee soil type.
Andrew Maddern runs a Merino and first cross lamb enterprise in the Sandsmere area, maintaining shelter belts throughout the property is key to success for healthy and happy stock. Andrew has been involved with past re-veg projects and farm forestry plantings.
This 2013 planting will protect paddocks from Westerly winds and create a link to remnant vegetation in the landscape.
(Maps provided by the Wimmera Catchment Management Authority)
REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.
For more information about the weekend, please click on the links below.
General Information (pdf, 29kbs)
Packing Checklist (pdf, 32kbs)
Q&A (pdf, 32kbs)
Weekend Program (pdf, 69kbs)
Planting Diagram (pdf, 637kbs)
To book accommodation at Little Desert Nature Lodge, click on the link below, fill in your details and then submit the form.
Friday Night Nocturnal Wildlife Tour
The Little Desert Nature Lodge will be hosting a Nocturnal Wildlife Tour on Friday night, 16th August 2013, at 7:30pm. The cost to join is $12 per person. Please contact the Lodge staff to book your spot.
Download brochure ( pdf, 368kbs).
Friday Night Dinner
If you would like dinner at the Little Desert Nature Lodge on Friday night, please pre-book this with the Lodge staff by Tuesday 14th August 2013.
Friday night dinner is not provided as part of the Planting Weekend.
Dinner Menu (pdf, 375kbs).