Our hats are off to Landcare volunteers this National Volunteer Week

4 May 2016

To celebrate National Volunteer Week from 9th – 15th May 2016, the Port Phillip & Westernport Catchment Management Authority (PPWCMA) says thanks for the hard-work and dedication of the thousands of Landcare volunteers across this region.

In the Port Phillip & Western Port region, which includes the peri-urban and rural areas surrounding Melbourne, there are 85 active Landcare groups. These 85 groups have over 3,000 members who volunteer their time to helping improve and protect the environment in their local area.

A recent Landcare Report Card compiled by the PPWCMA shows that 62 Landcare groups and 10 Landcare networks reported that their volunteers contributed an estimated $1,546,830 worth of volunteer hours in 2014/15 delivering on-ground works, project management and learning opportunities. This is equivalent to one person volunteering 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, 48 weeks a year, for over 26 years!

In 2014/15 alone, this dedication and work delivered:

  • 8,501 native plants grown
  • 374 hectares of revegetation;
  • 1,590 hectares of weed control; and
  • 1,798 hectares of rabbit control.

PPWCMA Chief Executive Officer, David Buntine, said, “The commitment and dedication of the Landcare volunteers in this region continues to contribute significantly to the health and protection of our natural environment on private land and in local parks, reserves, waterways and coastlines”

“This National Volunteer Week, we thank them all for their passion and encourage anyone who has an interest in their local environment to get involved in a local Landcare group”, he said.

The PPWCMA actively supports the work of Landcare groups in the region by providing community grants, facilitating training and capacity-building events and forums, and helping groups and networks across the region get better connected and more effective.

The theme of National Volunteer Week in 2016 is ‘Give Happy, Live Happy’. By getting involved in a local Landcare group, people can give back to the local environment and community and also enjoy new friendships and a boost to their overall physical and mental wellbeing.

If you would like further information on Landcare in your area, or to join a group, contact the Port Phillip & Westernport CMA on 03 8781 7900.