Landcare support

Supporting Landcare and environment groups

We are committed to providing ongoing support and resources to assist Landcare and environment groups. These organisations play an important role in protecting significant local flora and fauna on both public and private land. Our Environment team support Landcare and environment groups by attending and presenting at meetings, provide information and resources, and collaborate on joint projects and events.

The following funding opportunities are available to Landcare and environment groups in the Macedon Ranges:

  • Landcare and Environment Friends Group Support Funding: up to $800
    The primary purpose of this funding is to cover the costs of administration such as insurance, venue hire, printing and mail. Small-scale on-ground works and events can also be funded from this grant.
  • Community Weed Partnership Program: up to $1,500
    The purpose of this funding is to enable groups to undertake voluntary weed control on Council managed land, for example, roadsides and within bushland and conservation reserves . This work complements Council’s annual weed program.
  • Landcare Network Partnership Program: up to $10,000
    The Landcare Network Partnership Program seeks to work collaboratively with the larger Landcare Networks and the Biolinks Alliance. It is intended to support projects and activities that help build the capacity of the networks, groups and land managers to enhance biodiversity and further sustainable land management outcomes in the shire.

Landcare and community environment groups are invited to apply for these funding opportunities in July each year. Other groups may be entitled to apply for this funding if they can demonstrate that their primary focus is environmental conservation or sustainability at the discretion of our Environment team. 

Contact your local Landcare group to learn more about Landcare activities happening in your area.

To find out more information, contact the Environment team at environment@mrsc.vic.gov.au

Landcare groups

Landcare is a national network of thousands of locally-based community groups who care for our country. These groups work to improve our farmlands, restore our unique native vegetation, and preserve and enhance wildlife habitats. Joining a Landcare or friends group is a great way to make new friends, learn new skills and 'give back' to your community.

In the Macedon Ranges, we are fortunate to have a very active community Landcare and environmental friends groups who work to restore, maintain and enhance our local environment. These groups are supported by two regional networks, who help to coordinate their activities.

Learn more about Landcare activities happening in your area, and how you can get involved, by contacting your local group.

Upper Campaspe Landcare Network

This network supports groups to the north of the shire, including Woodend:

Upper Deep Creek Landcare Network and Jacksons Creek Eco Network

Both the Upper Deep Creek Landcare Network and Jacksons Creek Eco Network supports groups to the south of the shire:

Biolinks Alliance

Biolinks Alliance is a community connected conservation group for Central Victoria. They are running a number of projects, including the Green Hill to Black Hill Biolink and providing support to landholders in that area.

Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group

The Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group (MRSG) is an active and well supported network of residents keen to advocate for greener alternatives. They hold the highly successful Macedon Ranges Sustainable Living Festival each year in Woodend.

There are a wide range of community action groups you can be a part of. Joining an action group is a great way to contribute to sustainable living in our region. One of these groups is the Kyneton Transition Hub where they hold regular events such as information sessions, garden gatherings and a community swap table at the Kyneton Farmers Market. They also participate in other community events and networks.