Nerrena Tarwin Valley Landcare Projects

Nerrena Tarwin Valley Landcare Group (NTVLC) is a community group that exists to help landholders in the Landcare Group area develop projects and apply for funds to undertake protection and restoration of the natural environment and increase the viability of farming and food production. We work together to undertake community projects that enhance our natural environment, and support other agencies and community groups who have similar goals.
The main farming enterprises are dairy, beef production with some prime lamb and wool production.
Soils of the area are susceptible to erosion and acidification. Landslip, tunnel, gully and stream bank erosion occur within the catchment. Pest plant and animal issues are widespread in the area.

We have several current projects and are working with private landholders and public agencies to enhance and restore and understand the environment on both private and public land. More information can be found on specific project pages

Blackspur Creek Wetland Project report for 2018/19

I’d first of all like to thank you – the people who are taking the time to listen to or read this report and take an interest in the natural environment of the Black Spur Creek Wetlands. I extend this sincere appreciation to the many other people, groups and organisations who have taken an interest, offered ideas, provided support, and attended our events over the year. This 40 hectares of public land is important to people within and beyond our Landcare group area.

Working with such a motivated and skilled committee as Sue, Jill and Coral has been exhilarating. The excellent team work (and support of our husbands/partners) has enabled us to progress despite our many other commitments.
The two monthly update (available on our website) is one way we communicate with relevant land managers, adjoining landholders and community groups. As well as going to the Landcare group, it is emailed to other interested individuals and the Major Roads Project Authority, Great Southern Rail Trail Committee, South Gippsland Shire, West Gippsland Catchment Authority, Department of Environment Land and Water, Museum Victoria, South Gippsland Water, and community groups such as the Koonwarra Recreation Reserve, South Gippsland Bird Observers, South Gippsland Australian Plant Society and Meeniyan Progress Association.
The updates (find them here) describe our activities for the year but I will list some highlights:

  • Connecting with Uncle Shane and the Bunurong and gaining insights into the cultural history of this place.
  • Input into MRPA plans for vegetation and habitat management including indigenous species for revegetation and weed control on their 18 hectare footprint. The presence of an active Landcare Group with a plan enabled MRPA to invest in vegetation offsets on site to retain and restore wetland vegetation communities. Over 10 years, the 8.7 hectare offset site will be managed to improve the quality of approximately 6 hectares of Strzelecki Gum habitat (excludes the wetland area) and add an additional 1.2 hectares of habitat through revegetation. The MRPA will also manage our section of the rail trail for 3 years.
  • What’s in the Wetlands Citizen Science Training for landcare volunteers which resulted in Bird Monitoring activities
  • On ground work planting trees with the Great Southern Rail Trail Committee at Hogans Road. Although just outside the BSCW project area, hopefully this will be the beginning of ongoing cooperation and team work which can expand once the highway realignment is completed.
  • Fencing, weed control and wetland restoration such as blocking drains and extensive willow control by adjoining landholders Luke and Melissa with the WGCMA. Also Vic Roads control of Cape Broom on the South Gippsland Highway.

Reaching the broader community with the website and publicity such as the Meeniyan Newsletter, Friends of Cranbourne Royal Botanic Gardens, Coast Magazine, & Victorian Landcare Magazine. A presentation to the South Gippsland Landcare Network. We had visitors from International Landcare and the Friends of the Cranbourne Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria.

Kate Walsh, BSCW project coordinator

Making the Tarwin Terrific again

The Nerrena Tarwin Valley Landcare Group comprises over 52,000 Ha of central South Gippsland. The group has over 150 km of West and East branch of the Tarwin River frontage contained in its borders, and many tributaries. The Tarwin River flows into Anderson's Inlet, a wetland of National Importance and East Asian-Australasian Shorebird Site. The farm management actions landholders in the Tarwin catchment take impact the health of the Bunurong Coast. This project aims to fence off remnant vegetation in gullies on Landcare group member properties which will improve the water quality in the Tarwin River and provide vegetation connectivity in the catchment.

This will enhance biodiversity, provide connectivity to previous works and remnants and promote understanding in the community of the value of Landcare projects through partnership activities. A number of endangered species such as Swift Parrots, Swamp Antechinus, Southern Brown Bandicoots. Australian Grayling and Growling Grass Frogs are EPBC listed animals that have been recorded in our area. The endangered EVCs Shrubby Foothill Forest and Damp Forest will have remnants fenced off from livestock and be replanted in this project. We will monitor the effectiveness of the work by conducting bird surveys. We have recently formed a partnership with Birdlife Australia to establish some registered bird monitoring sites in the Blackspur Creek confluence area of the Tarwin River. We will extend our bird monitoring activities to the revegetation sites established as part of this project to monitor the effectiveness of the project.