Sustainable Farms for Future Generations

The Pentland Hills Landcare Group (PHLCG) is a not-for-profit organisation with deductible gift recipient status that comprises about 60 members from Bacchus Marsh in the east to Pykes Creek Reservoir in the west.  Many of the members’ families have been farming in the area for several generations. The Group has a close affinity to the land and is seeking to develop a healthy landscape for future generations.

The group has been very active in recent times in developing the capacity within the PHLCG to undertake major projects and activities that include:

  • Myrniong and Korkuperrimul Creeks biolink project to connect 33km of native vegetation in a biolink between the Lerderderg Forset in the north and the Werribee Gorge State Park in the south.
  • The Myrniong and District Landholder Expo. The expo allows tree-changers and farmers from a range of backgrounds to obtain information about how best to manage their property and provides an opportunity for attendees to learn about everything from growing vegies to biodiversity.
  • Construction of possum nesting boxes, in association with senior students at the Myrniong Primary School to teach them about biodiversity.
  • Surveying the abundance and range of small mammals within the upper Myrniong and Korkuperrimul Creeks

The Pentland Hills Landcare Group welcomes new members and visitors and can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2016/2017 Committee

Anthony Dufty - President
Cate Kirk-Dufty - Secretary
Emma Muir - Treasurer

Landcare Group Awards   

AwardPentland Hills Landcare Group members – proud to receive their award in 2012

 

The Pentland Hills Landcare Group received the award for “Community Group caring for Private Land’ section at the 2012 Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority’s regional Landcare awards at a ceremony at the Melbourne Zoo.

The group had completed half of a 32km biolink along the Myrniong Creek to link the Lerderderg State Forest and native vegetation in the Werribee Gorge State Park and along the Werribee River.

 

 

In September 2013 the group went on to receive the Qantas Community Group Environment Award for Victoria.

Pentland Hills Landcare Group also received the Keep Australia Beautiful Award for environment event in October 2013. The event was the Community Planting Day in 2012 when 285 people planted 9800 trees, shrubs and grasses on a 10 hectare site adjacent to the Myrniong Creek.

 

Water Quality Monitoring on Myrniong and Korkuperrimul Creeks

Water quality in the creeks is expected to improve as livestock are excluded and native vegetation is restored to the banks of the two creeks. Another benefit will be less turbidity caused by denuding of the land by rabbits. The images below show the points where water quality is regularly monitored as part of Melbourne Water’s Waterwatch program.

water monitoring  Water quality monitoring points on Myrniong Creek


Nest boxes for Pygmy Possum and other small mammals

Around 60 nest boxes are being installed in older large trees along the creeks to provide habitat for small mammals such as pygmy possum, phascogales.The level of use of the nesting boxes will provide valuable feedback to the Landcare group on the diversity of animals accessing the new biolinks.The presence of an iconic species can be used as an indicator as to whether other species are likely to be present.

 

nestboxesNesting box being installed on property near Mt Blackwood