Author: Barrabool Hills Landcare Group

Steel Wetlands Project

The attached article by Maddie Steel (daughter of property owner) succinctly outlines the purpose of  Stephen Murphy’s design for the revegetation of their Mt Pollock wetlands site which was carried out by members of the BHLG, along with local volunteers, members of Intrepid Landcare and pupils of Oberon High School, Geelong. It was a mighty effort over several weeks. Congratulations to all those who contributed.



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President Kaye off to Baku

BHLG President, Kaye Rodden, is busy packing her bags for a trip to Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan, to accept a United Nations award on behalf of the Victorian Rabbit Action Network.

The recognition is part of the United Nations Public Service Awards in the Category “Delivering Inclusive and Equitable Services to Leave No One  Behind”. The award ceremony will be included in a 3 day event organised by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) from 24 to 26 June.  Over 450 participants are expected to attend, including high-level UN officials and government ministers.

For further info on the event go to:

(posted 2 June)

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New Focus on the Barwon River

The middle of May saw the launch of the “Friends of the Barwon” organisation at a ceremony at Fyansford.

President, Peter Greig, outlined the purpose of the group: “Friends of the Barwon is a catchment wide network of groups and individuals working to protect and restore the the long-term health of the Barwon River and its tributaries through building partnerships, empowering communities, engaging with government and providing strong and effective advocacy. The vision is for a healthy, flowing. life-sustaining Barwon River system which is valued by all the community.”


Also at the launch of the “Friends of the Barwon”, co-author Jennifer Morrow released the book she had written, with Peter Greig outlining their adventures during their walk along the River from the source to the sea.


Copies of the book are available through email:

Price: $30


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Farm Water Field Day


Date: 27 April 2019

Location: “Murnong” Inverleigh

Regarded as one of the best events our Group has ever organised, Josh Walter, Manager of Murnong Farm, hosted the BHLG April Field Day on farm water sources and conservation. There was considerable interest from the 30 strong audience and the five speakers were first class – they knew their stuff and related well to the audience.

Clem Sturmfels from AgVic talked mainly about the mechanics and pitfalls of building and maintaining farm dams. He emphasised the depth of dams to reduce water temperature and minimise evaporation plus the slope of the dam walls to reduce erosion and improve compaction to prevent seepage.

Angus Ramsay of Southern Rural Water explained the complexities of allocating and licensing river and ground water.

Josh Walter’s explanation of his farming operations interested a range of critters.

Tony Byrne of the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority spoke about the importance of maintaining natural waterways and the impact dam building in gullies, which may affect water flow downstream.

Clem Sturmfels discusses the results of his tests on soil suitability for dam construction.

Jim Seager, Vice-President of BHLG, spoke about the economics of alternative water sources such as solar pumping, town water and tankers. and Deidre Murphy from “Waterwatch” discussed the chemical and biological parameters used to measure the health of stored and running water.

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Tim Trottier joins Geelong Landcare Network

BHLG member and committeeman, Tim Trottier has been appointed the new Facilitator of the Geelong Landcare Network (GLN). He replaces Elissa Ashton Smith who is pursuing further education. Congratulations to Tim and the best of luck for an even brighter future in Landcare.

Message from Peter Stray

“It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Tim Trottier as the new Geelong Landcare Network Facilitator.

Tim has a solid background in landcare, being a member of the Barrabool Hills Landcare group, Intrepid Landcare and Australian Landcare International. He has a diploma in Conservation and Land Management and has a wide range of other certificates, licences and qualifications. He has also worked in several different jobs involving natural resource management and agriculture, and is a keen learner of all things related to land care and regenerative agriculture.

Tim is employed for three days per week. It is planned that he will work from the Inverleigh office (23 High St) on Mondays and Tuesdays, with the balance of his time either working from home, attending meetings or out in the field. Tim is keen to get to know his “patch” (Geelong Landcare Network area) and will be making contact with groups over the course of the next few weeks to meet and greet and tour the area.

Tim’s contact details will remain the same as before.

Please make Tim feel welcome as he settles in to his new position.


Peter Stray


Geelong Landcare Network.”

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BHLG xmas meeting report

On a beautiful Friday evening the annual BHLG Christmas BBQ got off to a sizzling start. The old-fashioned half 44gallon drum with solid iron grill produced some fine tucker to feed the 30 hungry souls present.  President, Kaye Rodden welcomed all members and guests, including retiring GLN Facilitator Alyssa Ashton-Smith and speaker, Rowan Reid.

In his address, Rowan highlighted the possibilities of  converting a well managed tree crop into a cash bonanza. He pointed out that new home builders in Melbourne were keen to source wall veneer and furniture made of  local timber from farms that relate the story of the genesis of the wood. He also stressed that it was not always necessary to supply indigenous timber, exotic varieties were perfectly acceptable provided they were fit for purpose.

Rowan Reid


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