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