Gecko CLaN




OHS Management Plan for Landcare Groups (2MB)

FTLA Landcare Governance Kit _Mar 2014 (2MB)



Revegetation Guide for the Goulburn Broken Catchment

Revegetation Guide

Observant Weather Stations and Farm Monitoring Equipment

Farm Monitoring Solutions

Map based tools for calculating fence lengths, materials and costs


Summary of current climate conditions and model predictions for Victoria in the next six months


Stipa – Native Grasses Association

Information for Volunteer based organisations







Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority

Benalla Rural City Council

Strathbogie Ranges Conservation Management Network

Landcare Victoria

Department of Environment Land Water and Planning


Open Food Network


On tonight in Swanpool


See Events for further information

Interested in how to tackle fruit fly? Come along to the Gecko CLaN AGM and hear from Ross Abberfield – Goulburn Murray Valley Regional Fruit Fly Action Group

The Gecko CLaN Landcare Network meeting will be held next Wednesday evening in Violet Town.   Details for the event can be found here

Guest Speaker for the night is Ross Abberfield – Goulburn Murray Valley Regional Fruit Fly Action Group. Come along to hear about the work happening in the region to reduce fruit fly and what you can do at home.

Please RSVP for catering by 13th November to Kerri Robson on Mobile: 0418 140 710


Swanpool Landcare hosts: An Inconvenient sequel

Free Screening

Thursday 16 November 2017


Soil Moisture Probe and Weather Station data now publicly available in Lima East area

Login to see local weather and soil probe (moisture and temperature) data.

The Gecko CLaN project titled: Strategic farming practices for soil, catchments, water and climate resilience has installed a weather station and soil moisture probes on the trial site at Lima East (just out of Swanpool).

A public login has been created.  To view the weather station and soil moisture probe data online use the following instructions.

Go to:

Enter the following user name:

Enter the following password: password

You should now see the following page:

Field days will be held soon on how to best use this data to benefit your grazing enterprise.  Keep and eye on the Gecko CLaN website for upcoming events.

For further information about this project and access to soil probe and weather station data, please contact Kerri Robson at:

Swanpool Environmental Film Festival a success in 2017

The Swanpool Environmental Film Festival is over for another year. We had 174 attendees which is excellent and it all flowed very well with impressive speakers and great films to match. Much of the information was quite confronting but environmental issues do need to be addressed and urgently – we make no apologies. A report on the event is attached.

We’d like to once again acknowledge the support of our sponsors: Gecko CLaN, Granite Creeks Landcare Network, GBCMA and Benalla Rural City (via a community grant to BSFG).

SEFF 2017 Report

Help rehabilitate the Honeysuckle!

Help turn this…   

Into this!

Warrenbayne Boho Land  Protection Group is having another working bee to rehabilitate the Honeysuckle Creek near the old weir.

This will enable threatened species such as Phascogales, Powerful Owls and Squirrel Gliders to survive and prosper, and eradicate non-native invasive species.

Date: Saturday 24th June. 10.00 am

 (NB postponement from 17th June as published in the Village Voice)

Place: 4.5km south of Violet Town on Harrys Creek Road – see sign

Afterwards: enjoy a free sausage sizzle


Jobs to be done include planting and guarding native seedlings and grasses, placing of signs, installation of nesting boxes, clearing invasive weeds and burning of dead non-native saplings.

For more information phone Iain Atkin 0407922406


Balmattum Sheans Creek Patersons Curse Control Field Day

Dear Landcare Members,

It gives me great pleasure to invite you to join us at one of our major Field Days of the year on Saturday June 17 in Sheans Creek.

The event will feature Simon Feillafe, Project Officer with the North-East Catchment Management Authority, who is a Specialist in the Biological Control of Paterson’s Curse – Simon will discuss Stage 2 of the Biological Control Release Program initiated locally by our group, and will have the Flea Beetle on hand to explain how they work and the impact these amazing creatures can have on our local environment.

I am excited to announce that our local Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals, Steph Ryan has accepted an offer to become an honoree member of the Balmattum/Sheans Creek Landcare Group. Steph will be joining us at the Field Day also and will be reinforcing her commitment to the local environment and Landcare.

A big thank you to Dr Janis Baker for allowing us to use her property for this event. Janis is new to our group and the district. Her property is located on the corner of Sheans Creek and Fernhills Road in Sheans Creek.

See attached your invitation and further details on the event.

Patersons Curse Field Day Flyer

Could you please RSVP to me at this address asap if you can, or cannot make it.  

Thank you for your ongoing support of Landcare.

Kind regards,

Suzanne Gall
Balmattum/Sheans Creek Landcare President
0499 015 240


Nominate a Landcare Champion

Do you know a deserving Landcare community leader who should be recognised?

The 2017 State & Territory Landcare Awards have opened up nominations in each state, but deadlines are fast approaching!

Victorian nominations close 23 June 2017

The Awards are an opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of local Landcare groups all across the country.  We often hear and read about outstanding community initiatives to protect our natural resources, but we need you to nominate your projects, teams and enterprises so that we can give them the wide recognition they deserve.

Submit your entry now

Landcare Annual Farm Forum 2017

Landcare Annual Farm Forum 2017

Save the first three Wednesday evenings this June to attend one or more informative sessions on farm budgeting; data & decisions on-farm; and pasture cropping. Hosted by Goulburn Murray Landcare at Kids Town, on the causeway between Shepp & Mooroopna these free events include a warm meal and inspiring conversations.

See events for further information

Landcare farm forum flyer 2017


Riparian Landcare Incentive Program Grants

The Regional Riparian Action Plan Riparian Landcare Incentive Program Grants are currently open to non-profit community groups in the Goulburn Broken Catchment. A total pool of $45,000 is available and we’re looking to fund 2-3 projects. Guidelines attached, applications close Friday 16 June.