Landcare & Community Groups

 

Council encourages the community to be involved and have ownership of their open space.

Community activities, education days, teacher education evenings improve the community's knowledge of the environmental issues we face. Working together as a team ensures that we all improve the environment we live in.

Council provides the following to ensure community groups and landcare groups have direction and support in the development and maintenance projects they carry out in Council's public open space:

  • provide a site or park they wish to maintain or develop
  • provide materials and plants for planting projects
  • attend meetings or meet on site to discuss programs
  • provide advice on vegetation and planting issues
  • assist in media coverage of events
  • provide Council's community trailer containing signage, safety gear and toolsprepare sites before planting events
  • provide the use of Council's community nursery for propagation of plants and training in propagation methods

Friends Groups, Landcare Groups and CommitteesTop of document.

The Ballarat region has an active environmental community represented by individuals and families, environment groups and networks, Landcare groups, volunteer organisations and government agencies. As with many community groups, it is left to a small few to organise meetings, planting days, clean up days and education days for schools. Council assists by programming events, giving direction and assisting with materials such as trees, stakes and guards. New volunteers are always welcome.

Following are just some of the community based groups that provide valuable environmental work throughout the Ballarat region.

 

 Groups

Activities

South Ballarat Urban Land Care Group (SBULG)

Assist in the development and maintenance of Geelong Road (Adopt a Roadside) - tree planting and litter collection, Peady Street Reserve - weed removal, tree planting, The Enviro Trail Project - tree planting, signage design and installation, James Park (Buninyong) - weed control and tree planting litter removal, Redan Wetland and Hocking Avenue Wetland - tree planting and weed removal. Mount Buninyong - assist in tree planting days, Cathcart Street Buninyong - bush block weed control.

Peady Street Reserve Friends Group

Peady Street Reserve is maintained and developed by the friends group and Mount Pleasant Primary School. Mount Pleasant Primary School use the reserve for outdoor studies in environmental issues, tree planting and weed control. The Friends Group is very active and holds regular working bees, weed removal and tree planting. Over the years they have successfully applied for funding on a number of occasions. They have purchased tools and spraying equipment to assist in maintaining the reserve.

Miners Rest Landcare Group

Miners Rest Landcare Group membership is expanding due to the development of the area. Councils involvement is to attend meetings when invited and to assist with planting days by supply trees and materials. They maintain Miners Rest Wetland and control gorse on private land and waterways. They hold community planting days and organize local schools to assist. Miner Rest and Ballarat Grammar are very successful in obtaining grant funding from DSE for gorse control.

Cardigan Windermere Landcare Group

Cardigan Windermere Landcare Group consists of 50 active members who assist Council in maintaining Winter Swamp and the Ballarat Common. They seek funding for gorse control and tree planting for Winter Swamp.

Lake Esmond

Lake Esmond is maintained by the City of Ballarat and the Rotary Club of Ballarat. They hold regular working bees replacing old retaining walls, steps and other furniture, tree planting and general cleaning up. Council support is required to assist in the development and to supply equipment and materials for projects.

Poverty Point

Poverty Point is maintained by the Rotary Club of Ballarat East who look after tree planting and general cleaning up of the area. Council assists by supply materials and preparating the site for tree planting.

Sparrow Ground Friends Group

This group hold regular working bees to look after weed removal, tree planting, and rubbish removal.

Adopt a Stream Side (Pennyweight Gully)

Residents whose properties back on to Pennyweight formed a group to maintain this area. They control weeds along the waterway and hold regular working bees to water trees and maintain the trail.

Mount Buninyong Management Advisory Committee

Mount Buninyong Committee consists of members from various groups represented on the committee. It is made of the Ward Councilor (Chair), a Council officer, a community member, a fire officer, and representatives of the Upper Williamsons Creek Land Care Group, the Mount Buninyong Conservation Group, the Koala Foundation, and the Ballarat Environment Network. The Committee is active in the development and maintenance of Mount Buninyong by seeking funding and organising tree planting days and weed removal with all groups involved.

Lake Burrumbeet Advisory Committee

This group consists of local land holders, fishing club, yacht club, ski club, bird observers and field and game members. They are active in seeking funding for the development of the lake weed control, erosion control and tree planting.

Lake Learmonth Advisory Committee

Members are very dedicated to the development of the Lake Master Plan approved by Council. They organise their own tree planting and development works as per the Master Plan. They are very successful in obtaining grant funding. They organized to have their own trees grown for the 2005 tree planting.

Invermay Land Care Group

Invermay group maintain roadsides in their area by removing weeds and tree planting. Council supplies trees and gives direction and assists on tree planting days with road signage and safety for group members working on road sides.

Ballarat Environment Network

Ballarat Environment Network assist Council with the development and maintenance of our waterways and walking trails. They have been partners with Council and other agencies in applying for funding over the last ten years. In 2005/06 they have successfully obtained substantial funding from the CCMA of $450,000 for the next three years. Ballarat Environment Network will be able to continue to support Council's Community Indigenous Nursery by supplying a person to operate the nursery to propagate stock required for Council's projects for the coming planting (Jun/July 80,000 plants), by supporting all community groups with education and by holding planting days for schools and friends groups. Planting days fully support all environment activities that schools wish to be involved in. The external funding secured over the last ten years with amounts exceeding one million dollars from the CCMA, GHCMA, DSE, CLV has enabled Council to achieve the completion of the walking trail network and the transformation of waterways from drains to vegetated wildlife corridors.

Great Dividing Trail Network

This group is run by two people who are very dedicated to the development of trail networks not only in Ballarat but in Victoria. They work closely with Council in establishing new trail networks and applying for grants.

Ballarat Breakfast Club Rotary

This Club helps Council to maintain the Nerrina wetland with weed removal, tree planting, painting furniture and litter collection. Council assists with direction and with other assistance on planting days.

Pryor Park Friends Group

Pryor Park is maintained by the Friends Group, who hold regular working bees to plant trees and control weeds.


Community Group ContactsTop of document.

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Ballarat Environment Network

  • Contact Information
    Contact Name : Tony Wilson
    Mailing Address : PO Box 1538
    BAKERY HILL VIC 3354
    Phone (BH) : 03 5332 9486
    Website Address : www.bird.net.au
  • Cardigan Windermere Landcare Group

  • Contact Information
    Mailing Address : 89 Crown And Sceptre Road
    CARDIGAN VIC 3352
    Mobile Phone : 0423 206 352
    eMail Address : Landcare.emma@gmail.com
  • Friends of Black Hill Reserve

  • Description
    A bunch of people keen on the Black Hill Reserve, who are interested in initiating, discussing and doing things to make the hill even more wonderful than it already is.
    Activites
    Volunteer work in the Black Hill Reserve, social events, historical research, environmental research... anything to do with Black Hill.
    Contact Information
    Contact Name : Neil Huybregts
    Mailing Address : fobhr.info@gmail.com
    Mobile Phone : 0418 979 892
    eMail Address : fobhr.info@gmail.com
  • Friends of Sparrow Ground

  • Contact Information
    Mailing Address : 433 Richards Street
    CANADIAN VIC 3350
    Phone (BH) : 03 5327 8244
    Mobile Phone : 0400 515 907
    eMail Address : g.strange@ballarat.edu.au
  • Miners Rest Landcare Group

  • Contact Information
    Mailing Address : PO Box 454
    CRESWICK VIC 3363
    Mobile Phone : 0423 206 352
    eMail Address : landcare.emma@gmail.com

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