Jerrawa Creek Landcare Group was established in 1993 by landholders in the Dalton, Oolong and Ladevale districts with a vision for the catchment to:
“be considered as a community which retains its rural atmosphere, where all are actively involved, and which has an economy built upon a variety of viable and sustainable agricultural enterprises and a clean environment”.
The founding members wanted to undertake work on their properties to improve the environment. They recognised that by working together they could achieve better outcomes and improve their ability to secure funding. Our group continues to serve land managers in and around the Jerrawa Creek catchment.
We meet about once a month, sometimes for evening meetings often featuring speakers and on other occasions we have farm walks, community forums and field days. Our membership is wide and varied, comprising both old established farming families and newcomers to the land, some on large holdings, smaller hobby blocks and from local villages.
Since 1993 the group has been involved in over 30 successful projects. In the early years projects concentrated on remediating salinity and erosion as well as mapping the natural features of the catchment. Over time this has expanded to include riverine rehabilitation and protection projects, farm forestry trials and re vegetation projects to establish tree corridors and increase local biodiversity.
We are currently working on achieving objectives agreed by the local community as part of "LandWaterLife", the Jerrawa Creek Catchment Renewal Plan 2010-2020. The community's first priority was to attack serrated tussock which we are doing through our Tussock Tamer project in partnership with the Lachlan CMA and Upper Lachlan Shire Council. Our next three major "LandWaterLife" priorities are; clean water and water conservation, soil and pasture health and feral animal control [particularly foxes]
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