We are a passionate community of people striving to leave the landscape of the Barongarook area in a better condition than when we arrived.
Members of this group are from all walks of life with a common interest – productive, sustainable stewardship of this land.
It’s understood, different people have different purposes for their land, some land uses in Barongarook include but are not limited to – Dairy farming, cattle and sheep grazing, Agroforestry, Organic produce, sand and gravel extraction, conservation, Nurseries, Scouts and Cubs, Equine training and hobby farming.
Rotary Club of Colac West has been working tirelessly at Joseph Paatsch Nature Reserve for several years. This community group is an inspiration to BLG and BLG look forward to developing this partnership further in the coming years.
Lions Club of Colac Inc has also been working on a project on Barongarook Creek (East of Forest St). BLG are working with the Lions Club and a St Lawrence Works Crew to control weeds in the area and revegetate.
Industrial Estate - Several businesses in the industrial estate are supporting a project on the north side of Barongarook Creek, opposite Joseph Paatsch Reserve. With landholder permission businesses from the industrial estate will work with BLG to implement a weed control and revegetation plan.
Green Army Participants on the Green Army Program study a Cert 2 in Conservation & Land Management and have played a huge role in supporting the work of BLG. Tying a Landcare group to a local training program is a win win situation. The BLG benefits from building its knowledge and capacity with the participants and the expertise of crew leaders. The participants get to practice their studies in a practical, real, professional setting with real outcomes and have the opportunity to build a strong appreciation for the role and importance of volunteers and professional in field.
St Lawrence Community Services Inc. Barongarook Landcare Group have recently contracted a works crew through St Lawrence. The participants are part of an employment program and work with our supervisor for two days per week. The crew have a schedule of planting and weeding projects , as well as completing their Chemical Users qualifications. After six months, we have the option of continuing the program for up to three years. To date, the crew have planted several thousand trees/shrubs and grasses and treated several hectares of weeds.
Colac Secondary College has two groups currently working weekly at Joseph Paatsch Nature Reserve. These year 12 and year 9 students are helping with weed treatment and revegetation while addressing curriculum tasks for Outdoor and Environment Studies and Civics and Citizenship. This partnership will continue into 2016.
Indigenous story of the Barongarook area – Barongarook Landcare Group and Rotary Club of Colac West are working with Indigenous representatives to share the story of the area and make sure any works along the creek are completed sensitively, without disturbance and with Cultural Heritage in mind.