Springhurst Byawatha Hills Landcare Group
This group is concerned by the land degradation problems of erosion, loss of vegetation, dryland salinity, acidity, poor water quality and rabbit, fox and weed infestation. To address the pest problem the group employs a part time coordinator, who organises coordinated control programs and is also a contact within and outside the group.
Since 1988 the group has been invovled in many projects including Rabbit Buster, pasture trials, St John's Wort, Paterson's Curse district campaigns, revegetation trials, field days, slainity revegetation and perennial pasture sowings, tree planting and agro-forestry, Heartlands program, Sustainable Grazing Systems group, Prograze, Environmental Management Systems group, Fox and rabbit poisoning campaigns, Rural City of Wangaratta roadside weed strategy works, tree nursery, firewood plantations and the publication of 'Farm Management and Native Plant Guide.
Several families have been awarded regional and state awards, covering rabbit free status, primary production, weed busters and sustainable agricutlture.
The focus of the the group was defined and strengthened by the development of a Local Area Plan in 2002. Current projects include ongoing rabbit, fox and weed control, perennial pasture and revegetation, maintaining and increasing membership, Self Drive Eco Tour, and participation in wide scale fox control projects.
We have some equipment available for hire to members including boom spray, ute pack spray, seeder and tree planting equipment. We offier discounts to members for poisoning programs and on weed control programs.
The Eco Tour is a self guided drive, with a tour brochure and map with information on sixteen sites on the tour.