This project aims to build community capacity to control agricultural weeds via education and extension in addition to trialling innovative approaches for the control of Ragwort (Secencio jacobaea). This project is is supported by funding from the Australian Government.

The projects main activities are;

1. support for well established farmer weed discussion group (known as the Community Weeds Taskforce)

2. Establishment, monitoring and evaluation of a ragwort control demonstration site.

3. Two farmer field days; one exploring and sharing knowledge on best practice for the control of ragwort in addition to other agricultural weeds the other sharing the outcomes of the ragwort demonstration site.

This project is expected to achieve a reduction in the cost of weed control for farmers and increased farm gate profits as a result of increased weed control in the region.

How to commit herbicide – a field day was held on 24th August 2017

SGLN held a successful field day on Thursday 24th August as part of its ‘Innovative solutions to controlling agricultural weeds’ project.
Over fifty participants watched demonstrations of weed spraying by an unmanned aerial vehicle – the Yamaha R-max unmanned helicopter- and ‘Weedsteamers’ steam weeder in the field day host’s organic blueberry orchard. Property owner Tim Farrell is a partner in the steam weeding business and has controlled the weeds in the orchard exclusively with his steam weeding machine.
Field day participants first looked at our ragwort control trial plots where agronomist John Gallienne explained the trial setup. The aim of the trial is to evaluate some practical control options for ragwort growing in established pastures that are appropriate for the region, including determining the cost-effective outcome of these options for landowners.
The various treatments being evaluated are:
Spray applications: -Organic herbicide
-Selective herbicide
Steam treatment
Plant nutrients and/or lime – depending on soil test results
Control – untreated
The demonstration trial activities will be recorded and mapped against the treatments. The results will be available to the farming community in the region at a trial site ‘paddock walk’ in January 2018 and the field day in early March 2018. Information will also appear in Landcare newsletters and the local press.
This project is supported by funding from the Australian government.

Field day notes are available to download here

Ragwort info sheet is available to download here

Safe use of agrichemicals fact sheet is available to download here

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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 (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.
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South Gippsland Landcare Network
Such an awesome collaboration between West Gippsland Catchment Management Authorityand Agnes River Landcare Group

https://fb.watch/4HEyswddsB/
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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

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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

https://landcareaustralia.org.au/national-landcare-conference-webinar?utm_source=Landcare+in+Focus&utm_campaign=02b90ec82e-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_06_26_01_44_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_22f00dd5e4-02b90ec82e-285512698

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