Approximately one fifth of the Barongarook Landcare Groups area of influence is taken up by the Otway Forest Park and the Great Otway National Park.  These parks are to the south of the catchment and are the head waters to Boundary Creek which flows east to the Barwon River.  There are pockets of significant remnant vegetation along roadsides and mostly isolated patches on private property.

Intact quality stands of native vegetation are essential to biodiversity and healthy ecosystems.  Across our landscape most native vegetation is fragmented, therefore vulnerable to weed and pest invasion, extreme weather events, grazing and high nutrient levels from fertiliser use.  Barongarook Landcare Group work with landholders to improve productivity while maintaining, or better still, improving biodiversity.

Below are examples of vegetation communities for our region.

Ecological Vegetation Classes (EVC’s) –

Otway Plains Bioregion

Otway Ranges Bioregion

and Warrnambool Plain Bioregion

For a better understanding of EVC’s go to the DEPI website

Colac Otway Shire have a great native plants to the Barongarook area list

Local plant suppliers - 

There are several local indigenous nurseries in the Colac and Barongarook area.  The three listed here have extensive online plant lists and years of experience in site preparation, plant selection, provenance, revegetation techniques, etc.

Otway Greening 80 Pennyroyal Station Rd, Deans Marsh

Oz Trees 569 Warrowie Road, IRREWARRA

Special Effects Nursery 10 Drapers Road, Colac East