Agricultural and Environmental Work Crews

The PPWCMA’s works crews are a six month project to assist farmers, organisations and community groups to deliver their agricultural and environmental projects and improve their sustainability credentials while providing employment to Victorians.

Six work crews will work across the western (Werribee and Maribyrnong catchments), northern (Yarra catchment) and south-eastern (Mornington Peninsula and Western Port catchments) areas of the Port Phillip and Western Port region to provide a range of agricultural and environmental services.

The PPWMCA’s Work Crew project is supported by the Victorian Government through the Working for Victoria initiative.

Eligibility

Work crew services are available to:

  • Farms and other small agricultural or environmental enterprises
  • Local councils and other government organisations
  • Traditional Owner organisations
  • Landcare groups
  • Friends of and other community environmental groups
  • Bushfire affected landholders

Work crew services

The work crews will provide a range of field services including:

  • Revegetation (eg. riparian, shelterbelts, buffers) – planting/guarding and watering if required of new native vegetation
  • Beneficial insect/pollinator plants (native species) – installation of insectary planting to promote pollination
  • Pruning/harvest or other orchard/farm maintenance
  • Composting, mulching and erosion control
  • Queensland Fruit Fly monitoring (traps) where farmers would like to participate in the regional monitoring program
  • Installation of wildlife nesting substrates such as artificial tree hollows, fallen trees, rocks and suitable habitat areas in fenced biodiversity areas
  • Bushfire recovery work, such as revegetation and weed control, in the Bunyip fire recovery area
  • Pest plant control
  • Weed control – cut and dab, drill and fill, manual removal and use of non-aerosol non-Glyphosate herbicides
  • Litter collection and general clean-up
  • Environmental research and monitoring
  • Other field work that assists farmers to implement whole farm plans.

Crews have tools, personal protective equipment and accredited farm chemical user training. The PPWCMA has limited funding to supply some native plants, tree guards, Queensland Fruit Fly traps, nesting boxes and other materials.

Timelines

Work crews are expected to start work in late in late November/early December (depending on coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions). They program will continue until April 2019

Expressions of interest

Expressions of interest are now open and all eligible individuals and organisations can register their interest via the EOI form below. Once the form is completed the PPWCMA’s Work Crew Coordinator will be in touch in the coming weeks to discuss your request and organise a date, tasks and materials. A copy of the completed form will also be sent to your email. EOIs will remain open throughout the entire project period.