Strathewen Landcare Group was established in 1992. It is the second oldest Landcare Group in the Nillumbik Shire.
The group covers the area bounded by the National Park, Bald Spur Rd, Jacksons Rd, Hildrebrands Rd, Shaws Rd, Strathewen Rd, Eagles Nest Rd, and Harrys Rd. This area groups together properties whose land is part of the Arthurs Creek catchment above the Eagles Nest Road bridge at Arthurs Creek.
The primary focus of the group is to make public funds accessible to landholders. This is done by applying for funds in the name of the group and, more importantly, disseminating information to members so that they can apply for the funds which are available to private landholders.
We publish a newsletter. This allows members to keep in touch with the many activities and sources of information which are advertised through the Landcare network.
We are affiliated with the Victorian Farmers Federation Farm Tree and Land Management group. Each member receives a copy of their quarterly Landcare magazine.
We work very closely with the staff at Nillumbik Shire Council, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Melbourne Water, and Parks Victoria.
Strathewen Landcare appreciates that most of its members have relatively large properties which keep them very busy. As such we limit group activities. We do try to organise at least 4 special events during the year. We hold current public and property liability insurance policies which cover all our group activities. See the roadside signs or the newsletter for more details about these activities.
Statement of Purpose
1. The objectives of Strathewen Landcare Group Inc are:
i. To provide a focus for actions and support to the Owners/Occupiers of the Strathewen Catchment Area in order to maintain and improve the environment of the locality.
ii. To foster, promote and maintain sound land management practices amongst the individual owners/occupiers of the locality.
2. In carrying out these objectives the Group will:
i. Provide ongoing education in land management practices for both conservation and agricultural land.
ii. Contribute to native fauna and flora conservation by planting and/or protecting natural vegetation.
iii. Foster the control of pest plants and animals.
iv. Promote public awareness of the activities of the Group.
v. Equitably distribute any funding or other resources that may be made available to the Group.