Supporting the Landcare movement
Across the Port Phillip and Western Port region, thousands of volunteers, typically as members of over 500 Landcare, Friends, and environmental community groups actively care for our land, water, na
tive plants and native animals.
Their work helps protect our public and private land from erosion and salinity, our creeks, coasts and wetlands from pollutants, and our native plants and animals from weeds, pest animals and other threats. This caring is a voluntary contribution to the future health of our environment and all the benefits that we derive from it.
Recruiting new people to take part in community activities is one of the goals of the Port Phillip and Westernport CMA. The Authority supports groups to develop the tools and resources they need to attract and keep people involved in helping the environment.
Landcare Groups are often formed by landholders who share a common need such as eradicating weeds or rabbits from their properties, reducing the impacts of erosion or to address broader landscape issues that affect their property. They often form to deal with issues that relate to private land. Finding a relevant Landcare Group can be done by visiting the Landcare Gateway.
Friends Groups usually consist of people who share an interest in protecting or improving the integrity of a specific place. This might be their favourite beach, local waterway or an endangered species found in the area they live or like to visit. Friends Groups can often be contacted via their website, via the Landcare Gateway or by calling your local council. Friends Groups often deal with issues on public land.
Coastcare and Coast Action Groups
Coastcare groups are formed by volunteers seeking to protect or improve coastal and marine environmental assets. These groups tackle problems like dune erosion, loss of native plants and animals, storm water pollution, weeds and control of human access to sensitive areas. Coastcare groups can often be contacted via the Coastcare website or via the Coastcare Coordinator in the relevant area.
Other community groups or networks
There are a range of environmental groups and networks working within the region. The Port Phillip and Westernport CMA provides resources to support these groups and in many cases groups and agencies form partnerships to deliver significant environmental projects.