There are currently nine members on the SGLN Board.

Mark Walters (Chair) 

Mark, who belongs to the Poowong Landcare Group, has been on the Board since 2010 and became Chair in 2019.

Mark operates an accounting and financial planning business in Melbourne and owns 240 acres at Loch where he runs beef cattle. 

With assistance from both Landcare and Melbourne Water, Mark has been revegetating the property’s gullies and providing shelter belts for stock. He has also established a 25ha commercial timber plantation for sawcut logs.

Rosemary Knox (Vice Chair)

Rosemary has been on the executive committee of the Loch-Nyora Landcare Group since its inaugural meeting in 1996, and joined the Board in 2018. 

As well as working casually as a primary school teacher, Rosemary runs beef cattle on a 300 acre property at Loch with her husband, Garry.

She is heavily involved in the Loch community and is passionate 

about family, the environment, recycling and trees.

Libby Anthony (Treasurer)

Before moving to a 13 acre farm near Mirboo, Libby was an environmental scientist working in private enterprise, government and not-for-profit organisations.

She has significant experience in the renewable energy sector, as well as skills in management, strategy development, corporate governance and fund raising.

Libby belongs to the Mardan-Mirboo Landcare Group and is committed to all aspects of sustainable living and farming. She and her husband are experimenting with growing bushfoods, and have rehabilitated two creeks, a wetland and fern gully on their property.

Jillian Staton (Secretary)

A member of the Tarwin Landcare Group, Jillian is a freelance writer specialising in agriculture and environmental sustainability. She has written several books on these topics, including one that showcases food and wine producers in South Gippsland. 

Jillian and her husband, Bruce, run beef cattle over 300 acres at Walkerville. They have built an off-grid home and are working towards creating a low-waste, self-sufficient lifestyle. 

As well as improving biodiversity, Jillian has a keen interest in building strong, healthy communities.

Amy Cameron and Alex Daraio

Amy and Alex both work remotely from their 104 acre property at Toora where they use natural farming methods and permaculture methods to manage the land as sustainably as possible.

The couple are members of the Lower Franklin River Landcare Group. Working  with Greening Australia, they have revegetated more than half their property to combat severe erosion and compaction and create a wildlife corridor along their Franklin River frontage. 

Amy has a degree in Creative Writing, and works part-time as a copywriter for a branding agency. She creates and edits many different types of written content (including social media content, media releases, newsletters and website content) for brands like Monash University and Australia Post. 

Alex holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Masters in Mechatronic Engineering, and works in areas involving cloud platforms, automation, electronics and drone technology. He also has experience in large-scale project management, 

including working with government and enterprise stakeholders.

Both Amy and Alex are exploring ideas for a more sustainable future including self-sufficiency and environmental footprint reduction. Alex is also interested in coding projects, aquaponics, regenerative farming and automation.

Bryan Watterson

Bryan has lived in the South Gippsland hill country for thirty years and has been involved in many conservation projects. He is particularly interested in the use of whole-of-catchment approaches to protect riparian environments.

He is a member of the Agnes River Landcare Group which is working with the West Gippsland CMA and Greening Australia to rehabilitate Agnes River. His background in education has enabled him to involve local school students in this long-term project. 

Herb Wilde

After a long career in Melbourne, Herb returned to Nerrena where he lives with his daughter on 260 acres of mainly remnant vegetation. He belongs to the Nerrena Tarwin Valley Landcare Group of which his parents were inaugural members.

Herb has vast experience on the executive of conservation organisations including Environment Victoria, Friends of the Earth and Renew. He cares deeply for the bush and its wildlife and laments the loss of many species due to feral cats and foxes.

Nick Dudley

A member of the Arawata Landcare Group, Nick lives just out of Leongatha and runs a small beef property with his wife, Anna. 

Nick is currently employed as Gippsland Regional Manager (Meat and Wool) with Agriculture Victoria. Previous roles include West Gippsland Landcare Facilitator, Bass Coast Landcare Landcare Facilitator and lecturer at the University of Melbourne and Victorian College of Agriculture and Horticulture.  

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South Gippsland Landcare Network

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we work and meet. The South Gippsland Landcare Network stretches from Mt Best to Mt Lyal, and along the prom coast. It’s made up of 16 local groups working to preserve and protect the natural environment, while also enhancing the long-term sustainability of farming in this part of Victoria. We’re proud to work across both Bunurong and Gunaikurnai country, and to recognise the rich history embedded in this land we now share. As a network, we’re a diverse group – made up of primary producers, hobby farmers, tree changers, backyard gardeners and environmentalists of all sorts. This page is part of our community, so we welcome feedback and input from anyone who’s interested in having a voice here.
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Update from SGLN Chair, Jillian Staton.

March was incredibly busy for SGN, in particular the grant-writing team.

Three grants were submitted. The first was an application to the South Gippsland Shire Council's Community Grant Program to assist with a weed identification and control program we plan to run next financial year. The others were made to the State Government's Community and Volunteer Action Grants program and focus on the Bunurong Coast which is a Biodiversity Response Planning Focus Landscape.

One Action Grant involves a remote camera project to monitor wildlife and feral pests on public and private land, while the other carries on from our successful fox and rabbit control project which closes in June this year. We would like to support landholders to continue the work done by contractors, and to further help biodiversity through long term weed control.

Our Presidents Pizza Night was well attended and covered a lot of ground. Almost all our Landcare Groups were represented, and the discussion could have gone far longer than the allocated 1.5 hours. I was very appreciative of everyone's contribution, and would particularly like to thank Andrea for organising the catering.

Despite the terrible weather, our Corner Inlet Cluster Group Meeting (which had been rescheduled because of COVID) finally went ahead. Representatives from Agnes River and Franklin River Landcare Groups and Friends of Stockyard Creek all attended. This area is so important for the health of Corner Inlet, so it's great to see the enthusiasm for Landcare-based activities. One item that was discussed was the possibility of forming a larger group that combines these groups, and would also welcome people from the Foster area. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in joining this proposed group, please contact Alex Daraio (

Bad weather also threatened our Dung Beetle Field Day which was held in Toora on 23 March. We weren't able to venture out into the paddock as planned, but the presentation by Russ Barrow from Charles Sturt University was very well received. Contact Cassie if you would like to hear the discussion, or are interested in dung beetles generally (we will be establishing a dung beetle nursery in Fish Creek in the near future).

Please keep in touch. Our staff are here to support you: their hours and links to their email addresses are below:

Andrea Clifford: Landcare Facilitator works Monday, Tuesday, Thursday. Email:

Cassie Wright: Projects and Education works Monday, Tuesday, Thursday. Email:

Susan Koci: Bunurong Project Officer, works Thursday, Friday. Email:

Vicky Pedlow: Administrative Assistant, works Tuesday. Email:

You can also contact me at

Thank you.
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South Gippsland Landcare Network
Such an awesome collaboration between West Gippsland Catchment Management Authorityand Agnes River Landcare Group
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West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority
To work 'whole of catchment' it pays to think both big AND small. Big, because catchments often are big, and small because working on many smaller projects within the catchments can bring big changes...both environmentally and socially, for a whole community.

Through Regional Riparian Action Plan funding from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning we've worked with Landcare groups and networks - right across the region.

Learn more about one of these projects here or visit our website

South Gippsland Landcare Network Agnes River Landcare Group Bass Coast Landcare Network Maffra & Districts Landcare Network Latrobe Catchment Landcare Network Yarram Yarram Landcare Network Lisa Neville MP Harriet Shing MP
South Gippsland Landcare Network
South Gippsland Landcare Network
Landcare webinars

There have been 6 webinars to date in the National Landcare Conference webinar series. All can now be viewed through the webpage if you missed them. The webinars include:

- How Landcare organisations and projects have been
responding to various challenges
- Recruiting and engaging volunteers
- Getting involved in the Landcare Farming Program
- Landcare as a business
- Landcare Youth Summit
- Five interventions to improve Soil Health

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