Landcare partnerships protect our water resources

Barwon Water will continue its partnerships with local Landcare groups with more than $300,000 in funding over the next 3 years. We have already provided more than $1 million to Landcare over the past 10 years.

Partnerships have been renewed with the Southern Otway Landcare Network (Barham River catchment) and Upper Barwon Landcare Network (Upper Barwon River catchments). The Moorabool Catchment Landcare Group (Moorabool River catchments) will be supported for the first time. Each group will receive $35,000 a year for three years.

Major catchment protection work has been carried out during the last 3-year funding block. In 2009–2010 alone, almost 90,000 trees were planted and 63 hectares of riparian vegetation protected.

Chairman Dr Michael King said the Landcare partnership program helped enhance the region's quality water resources by protecting, stabilising and revegetating riparian areas. Dr King said the program supports community and landholder action for protecting and enhancing catchment health, water quality and river health.

In addition to $300,000+for Landcare, $225,000 has been allocated for catchment projects through our river health partnership with the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority.

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