Landcare Fire Recovery Update

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Upper Goulburn Landcare Network fire recovery continues

The fires of Black Saturday, 7 February 2009, devastated large parts of the Upper Goulburn Landcare Network region. Since that time the Landcare Network has been helping the community and natural environment, working closely with landholders to undertake the mammoth task of rebuilding and rehabilitating a burnt landscape.

The Landcare Network received funding through the Federal Governments Caring for our Country and the Recycling for Recovery programs. Whilst the projects are still ongoing, to date the projects have involved 5660 volunteers contributing 6567 volunteer days to achieve great outcomes.

The fencing project ‘Fencers without Boundaries’ has recently completed its final year where the major focus was on fencing areas to protect native habitats such as waterways, native vegetation and revegetation sites.

After over three years of hard work, many volunteers have contributed to:

  • removal of  burnt fencing and rebuilt 246km of fencing on fire effected properties
  • revegetated 128ha of land with 38,290 trees and shrubs
  • 375ha of land have been treated for woody weeds
  • 417 nest boxes installed to provide shelter and nesting sites for native birds and animals

In addition to the on-ground work that has been achieved, hundreds of landowners have attended field days, farm chemical user and weed identification training courses to enhance their NRM skills and knowledge.

The fire recovery effort has been able to put tens of thousands of dollars back into the local community and small business' by sourcing local hotel and bunkhouse accommodation, catering and meals for our hardworking volunteers, quality tools and hardware from local suppliers, safety wear and PPE, the list goes on.

The success of these projects has demonstrated the power of volunteerism. The overwhelming support from local businesses and corporate organisations with countless hours of volunteer time to help with rebuild, has significantly assisted the region and morale of local communities.

For more information or if you want to volunteer, please call Chris Cobern 5736 0104

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