Northern Bendigo Landcare Group
Welcome to our website ! This is the 'one stop shop' to find out about our group, our goals, our past projects, our current projects / events / volunteer activities, our latest news and how to join us.
Enjoy having a look around. We hope you get a feel for our passion, the pride we take in making a difference and the privilege it is for us to contribute to our community and our environment.
If you would like to undertake volunteer work with our Landcare Group, please visit the 'How to Join In' section of this website using the link on the left and look for the link to 'Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities in all our Projects' and / or the 'Volunteer Skills and Interests Form'.
Huntly - Home of the Whirrakee Wattle
Whirrakee Wattle (Acacia williamsonii) is virtually endemic to the Bendigo region and grows in very few locations within and outside the district. Its largest population occurs north of Bendigo in the Whipstick, Wellsford and Kamarooka Forests surrounding Huntly. After extensive clearing in the past and due to continued urban and rural development, the Whirrakee Wattle is classified as rare in Victoria.
As a peri-urban Landcare Group in a rapidly developing area, we are concerned at the loss of remnant vegetation - not only canopy species but more importantly the understorey of bushes, grasses, wildflowers and groundcovers - and the impacts this has on biodiversity.
We feel that one of the most significant ways in which we can influence the health of our local environment and enhance biodiversity is by educating local residents about the importance of retaining and replacing native vegetation.
The Northern Bendigo Landcare Group began in 2007 and in the few years since it's inception have gone from strength to strength.
Bendigo Creek Restoration
In 2010 we began Stage 1 works of our long term commitment to the restoration of the Bendigo Creek between Epsom and Huntly. This restoration is our group's major ongoing project.
Junior Landcare with Huntly Kindergarten
Funds gained in August 2011 through a Junior Landcare Grant enabled our Landcare group to support the Huntly Kinder to purchase gardening equipment for the kinder children.