The Tarwin Landcare Group was first formed in 1995 with the motto “for the farmers, by the farmers”, with the goal of gaining funding for individual on-ground works that promoted the ethic of sustainability, including responsibility for pest plant and animal control.
More recently the group has expanded to embrace all landholders and community Landcare projects. While landholders (and renters) of all property sizes continue Landcare activities in their own space, we also initiate and support community-based projects that fit with our nine goal areas.
These are:- farmland care, small landholders, township spaces, indigenous plant production, diversity and education, wildlife habitat and care, parks and reserves, indigenous and local history, and river and waterways. Small projects may be selected from any of these areas.
Recent projects have included: planting the shared pathway between Tarwin Lower and Venus Bay, indigenous nursery, farm working bee to remove weed trees, community plantings outside shops in Tarwin Lower and Venus Bay, and local small grants project.
Joint activities occur with Friends of Venus Bay Peninsula and Clean Up Australia Day. Future projects include Tarwin River pathway planting, excursion to Snake Island, planting at mechanics institute, habitat and wildlife expo, and partnering with the Shire to care for town reserves.
Tarwin Landcare Group welcomes new members, especially ones with some time to contribute to our projects. Our membership was 35 families as at 2018. Our equipment officer has a 900L spray unit for hire for members of Tarwin and nearby groups.