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Drouin brings landcare to the people

Residents interested in having a positive impact on their local environment are invited to join a public meeting with the new Drouin Landcare Group on October 25.
The public meeting will present the Drouin Landcare Group’s ideas for action in the area, outlining specific plans the group has for Drouin and its surrounds.
The public meeting is open to anyone interested in the future of the area including those wanting to join the discussion.
Some of the topics of conversation at the forum will be:
* A wetlands survey and action program to improve the health of the creeks flowing into local waterways;
* Examination of remnant native vegetation areas that protect living habitats and native wildlife of West Gippsland;
* Introduction of a significant heritage tree list;
* Encouraging community input into neglected areas of bushland and wetlands in the Drouin area to make them more enjoyable for the community; and
* Exploring ideas and opportunities to rehabilitate the Drouin Nature Reserve and Camp Hill Summit for the benefit of future education and recreation.
Sarah Canham, the Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority’s Landcare Coordinator for the area says, “engaging the public in a forum like this can be a very positive way of ensuring the action you are taking is aligned with the needs and wants of the community.
“The Drouin Landcare Group will service a specific area where no Landcare group currently exists. The planning and enthusiasm the group has already displayed to arrange the public meeting indicates an encouraging future for the area.”
Landcare groups play a vital role in improving degraded landscapes, minimising the damage that can occur through urban development and enabling improvement of rural land and waterways. They also bring social opportunities within the community through activities such as tree plantings.
Baw Baw Shire Council and the Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority actively support the formation of the new Landcare group and its vision to improve the environment in the local area.
The meeting, which will be held on October 25 at 7.30pm in the Old Shire Offices in Drouin, will also see the election of officers for the group. Membership to the Drouin Landcare Group will be $10 per household but attendance at the public meeting is free.

Release Date11 November 2007
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