Our Dick Howarth Memorial life membership winner for 2017 is

Suzanne Wightman.  Congratulations, Suzanne on a well deserved win.

About Dick Howarth

Dick and Maree Howarth were “tree-changers” who retired for a quiet rural life after living and working in the city. They bought two hectares of farmland and changed it to their rural paradise with mudbrick home, dam and lots of native trees.

Dick joined Landcare in about 1998, two years after the Loch/Nyora Landcare Group was formed. He became particularly active when they moved to Loch in January 2001. As president of Loch/Nyora Landcare, Dick advocated for the smaller landholders, and supported the group in actively recruiting and involving lifestyle farmers and town dwellers in Landcare activities. Dick represented his local group at the South Gippsland Landcare Network as firstly a vice president and then president. In these roles he represented the broader Landcare community on various regional and state-wide forums, and played a key role in assisting the Network to move forwards in a strategic manner during challenging times.

In September 2002, Dick passed away after a sudden heart attack. The Network elected to celebrate his life and contributions to Landcare by creating a memorial award recognising outstanding contributions to the Landcare movement by a Landcare member.

About Suzanne Wightman

Suzanne Wightman was an early founder of the Mardan Mirboo North Landcare group. She helped start and support the Mirboo North Secondary College Landcare Cadets programme; switched her dairy farm to being organic including planting shelterbelts with natives; encouraged others to join Landcare, and has been a consistent volunteer with Tree Bees held by our group. Suzanne has also been our Treasurer for a very long time which is probably one of the hardest jobs on the Committee. She is always willing to help to make sure our group functions well. You can always count on Suzanne to be there.

Suzanne is a “hands on” person who has volunteered hundreds if not thousands of hours to help other people plant trees on their properties. She has also provided advice and support as required. She works regularly at Mossvale Park, maintaining the beautiful facility and is part of the management group. She also works regularly at the Baths Road reserve, clearing weeds and planting new trees. She supported Mardan Mirboo North Landcare group with their recent field days, working at the planning and the implementation stages. Suzanne is the friendly face of Mardan Mirboo North Landcare.

Suzanne was presented her award by Board chair, Frank Dekker

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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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South Gippsland Landcare Network
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 (alex@board.sgln.net.au).

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: andrea@sgln.net.au

Cassie Wright: Projects and Education works Monday, Tuesday, Thursday. Email: cassie@sgln.net.au

Susan Koci: Bunurong Project Officer, works Thursday, Friday. Email: pestanimals@sgln.net.au

Vicky Pedlow: Administrative Assistant, works Tuesday. Email: admin@sgln.net.au

You can also contact me at jillian@board.sgln.net.au.

Thank you.
South Gippsland Landcare Network
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 https://bit.ly/3ohAG7H

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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