Victorian Mobile Landcare Group Inc.
 
 Conservation driven
 
 
 
 
 
 
This and related pages will allow you to understand who we are, our background, some of our policies, our values and Statement of Purposes and our rules. We hope this will give you enough information but if you need more or want to talk to us, we will be only too pleased to make contact with you and meets your needs if we can.

The Victorian Mobile Landcare Group is incorporated under the Victorian Associations Incorporation Act 1981 Association Number A0052815H.  Our ABN is
87261857755.

Our interest is in Landcare projects that require remote country operation and use of our 4WD vehicles, either in pursuit of our own programmes or supporting other agencies including Parks Victoria, DEPI, traditional Landcare Groups etc.


History

The VMLCG was born out of the Land Rover Owners’ Club of Victoria’s assistance to property owners after the 2003 bushfires in far East Gippsland. This work predominately consisted of the removal and erection of literally kilometres of farm fencing, assistance with general cleanups and repair of other farm assets. The great appreciation of the landowners, together with the broadening interest by Club members to “give something back”, sparked the connection that was a Special Interest Group within the Club and is the independent VMLCG today.


As the LROCV MLCG, the VMLCG founders undertook many diverse programs in the first few years, including GPS mapping and condition surveys of the Jirnkee Gold Race (Omeo), Tiger Quoll presence surveys (Errinundra Plateau, East Gippsland), tree plantings at Benalla, Broadford (Northcote Rotary Club), Lancefield (Baynton-Sidonia Landcare Group), Glendhu Station near Ararat (Plantout 2006), and re-establishment of signage for the Australian Alps Walking Track.


Capabilities

The VMLCG has a solid partnership with Parks Victoria and operate in the Alpine National Park Bogong Unit each summer, undertaking identification and removal of Sallow Willow (s.cinerea spp) and moss bed erosion control works on the Bogong High Plains. The project is now completing its fifth year and we have been successful in securing Parks Victoria Community Grants to fund this work.


Other successful projects in which VMLCG founding members have been involved have included the retrieval of car bodies from State Forest areas, including the 2005 East Wombat Forest Cleanup, regular track clearing expeditions into State Forests and National Parks and most recently the Stawell/Grampians and East Gippsland fire cleanups.


Fintona Girls School (Balwyn in Melbourne), works with us on willows removal after VMLCG assisted the school to  establish their School Conservation Group. The inaugural 2008 trip was a highly successful weekend, requiring the use of specialised Land Rovers each able to ferry 12 – 14 girls and staff to the remote areas of the Alpine National Park with maximum efficiency and minimal track impact. We completed this assignment with three vehicles and took out more than 2,000 mature willow plants.


Typically, the types of roles at which the VMLCG excels, but is not limited to, are:  

  • Track clearance - Members have led experienced teams of qualified volunteers to undertake track clearance work. We have members who hold RTO accredited chainsaw cross cut certification.
  • Gate and fence installation - Members have experience in the erection of fencing from both the 2003 fires in East Gippsland and in the Grampians Region among others.
  • Building repairs - VMLCG members have been involved in assisting the High Country huts group and others.
  • Erosion control - The VMLCG has practical experience of erosion control works as applied to the Alpine National Park mossbeds. Erosion control measures such as silt fences, geotextile weirs and rock weirs can be applied to retain silt and sediment and to promote natural regeneration.
  • Logistical support and transport of other volunteers to remote worksites - All vehicles are equipped with radio communications with some members also operating RFDS long-range radios. Most members are also members of other 4WD Clubs and are trained by theses clubs in 4WD proficiency. Many members also have remote first aid capability and certificates.
  • Tree planting projects - experience in support of other groups and our own projects.
  • Mapping - Our members have a high level of experience in mapping using GPS technology and recording of fire damaged areas for vegetation and weed surveys, erosion monitoring etc. This information can be overlaid directly on to any topographical maps and to Google earth satellite imagery.
  • Other – e.g. the installation of nest boxes in burnt out areas or in new plantation areas which require remote access. Monitoring of habitat usage

We are always looking to extend our range of abilities and will always rise to the challenge, rain, hail, shine - or snow.


People who know us...

  • Mr Ross Grant, Ranger-in-Charge, Bogong Management Unit, Alpine National Park, Mt. Beauty Office.
  • Mr. Kevin Cosgriff – Ranger, Alpine National Park, Mt Beauty Office.
  • Mr. Chris Rose –  Eastern Region Executive , Parks Victoria, Bairnsdale Office
  • Ms. Emma Bayly-Stark – Department of Primary Industries, Stawell
  • Ms. Brook Ryan - Strategic Planning, Parks Victoria, Melbourne
  • Mr. David Bannear - Chief Archeologist, Heritage Victoria

Contact us

President VMLCG

David McKinnon

Mobile:0411 410 568

Email: pres.vmlcg@gmail.com

Programmes Manager VMLCG

Prue Hasler

Mobile: 0439 890 688

Email: projects@vmlcg.gmail.com

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