CARTs create connections

11 August 2017

In early August 2017, the Port Phillip and Westernport CMA hosted five Catchment Action Round Tables (CARTs) across the region.

These annual workshops bring Landcare groups and networks, local government, and NRM agencies together to identify opportunities for collaboration and coordination.

Over the course of the workshops, they develop a shared understanding of each other’s roles, actions and plans, built strong relationships and designed high quality biodiversity conservation projects for their catchments.

Below is a wrap up of each CART. For more information contact Sarah Halligan (Mornington Peninsula and Western Port) on or 0427 492 990 or Anthony Dufty (Werribee, Yarra, Diamond Creek/Middle Yarra and Northern) on or 0439 003 765.

Please note that the CART for the northern region has been postponed until September 2017 (UPDATE: the Northern CART was held on 20th September 2017. Read a wrap up of this event).

Mornington Peninsula

  • 25 participants
  • 10 Landcare groups and Mornington Peninsula Landcare Network attended
  • Other NRM organisations included Vic Roads, Trust for Nature, Western Port Biosphere, Agriculture Victoria and PPWCMA
  • Projects discussed on the day focused around managing roadside vegetation. The main issues being identified were lack of funding by Mornington Peninsula Shire and VicRoads, lack of education (consultants/contractors, road managers, community). Vic Roads attended the CART for the first time and will feed information back to their organisation.


Diamond Creek/Middle Yarra

  • 18 participants
  • 10 community groups and two Landcare Networks (Nillumbik Landcare Network and Middle Yarra Landcare Network) attended
  • Other NRM organisations included Melbourne Polytechnic, Nillumbik Shire Council, Melbourne Water, Wurundjerri Narrap Team and PPWCMA
  • Projects discussed on the day included:
    1. Reducing woody weeds in forests and woodlands proposed by Nillumbik Landcare Network
    2. Protecting large old trees that contain hollows from decline and destruction from firewood/grazing pressure/dieback proposed by Arthurs Creek Landcare Group, Christmas Hills Landcare Group and Nillumbik Landcare Network
    3. Controlling weeds and pest animals on upper tributaries of the Arthurs Creek proposed by Melbourne Water
    4. Protecting native vegetation on grazing properties from overgrazing and erosion proposed by Yarra Valley Equestrian LG and Nillumbik Horse Action Group



  • 17 participants
  • 7 community groups and Moorabool Landcare Network attended
  • Other NRM organisations included DELWP, Melbourne Water, Southern RuraL Water, Wathaurong Aboriginal Cooperative, Wyndham Shire Council, Moorabool Shire Council, Parks Victoria
  • Projects discussed on the day included:
    1. Controlling deer, pigs and goats in parks and adjacent land by trapping and shooting proposed by Parks Victoria
    2. Controlling woody/high threat weeds in high quality vegetation in Wombat State Forest and around Blackwood proposed by Melbourne Water


Western Port, Bass Coast and South Gippsland

  • 28 participants
  • 8 Landcare groups and 2 Landcare networks (Western Port Catchment Landcare Network and Bass Coast Landcare Network) attended
  • Other NRM organisations included Cardinia Shire, Phillip Island Nature Parks, Parks Victoria, Trust for Nature, Agriculture Victoria, Cardinia Environment Coalition and Emtrain Fire and Community Safety
  • Projects discussed on the day included:
    1. Improving food habitat for the Brown Butterfly
    2. A potential overlay for the Southern Brown Bandicoot in the Bunyip, Tynong and Garfield townships
    3. Habitat for the Warragul Borrowing Crayfish
    4. Eucalypt decline
    5. Pittosporum taskforce
    6. Conservation corridor along Cardinia Catchment from Healesville to Phillip Island
    7. Indigenous training for young Landcarers
    8. Citizen Science initiative
    9. Wildlife corridors
    10. Weed and feral animal control



  • 28 participants
  • 8 community groups and Yarra Ranges Landcare Network attended
  • Other NRM organisations included Swinburne University, Yarra Ranges Shire Council, Melbourne Water, DELWP, Wurrundjeri Narrap Team, PPWCMA (Yarra4Life)
  • Projects discussed on the day included:
    1. Undertaking weed and pest animal control and revegetation to restore He Ho, Leadbeaters Possum native riparian vegetation proposed by Macclesfield Landcare Group
    2. Running a soil/pasture conference to help reverse depletion of organic matter from topsoil
    3. Undertaking weed control to restore Yering Backswamp proposed by Melbourne Water
    4. Controlling feral animals especially Deer in Sedge rich Eucalyptus camphora forest at Coranderrk proposed by Friends of Leadbeaters Possum



The CARTs are supported by the PPWCMA, through funding from the National Landcare Programme and the Victorian Landcare Program.
For more information on CARTs see the Building the Capacity of Landcare Groups page on this website.