Lyne-Camp Creek Landcare Group launches book

Book launch: Lyne-Camp Creek Landcare Group members Sue Baulch, Alice Hall and Rob Stewart with the new book documenting the group's work. Picture: Morgan Hancock
Book launch: Lyne-Camp Creek Landcare Group members Sue Baulch, Alice Hall and Rob Stewart with the new book documenting the group's work. Picture: Morgan Hancock

Over three decades the Lyne-Camp Creek Landcare Group has worked to transform farmland between North Byaduk and Branxholme.

The group, one of the oldest in the state, launched a book at Sheepvention in Hamilton this week to celebrate its efforts.

Founding member Rob Stewart said much of the work had focused on tackling soil erosion, re-vegetating roadsides and creating stock shelter, having significant benefits for production and lamb survival.

“We’ve achieved a lot,” he said.

The group is also looking to the future and the next generation of eager members coming through the ranks.

“One of the exciting things for the group is that we’ve got a younger generation of farmers coming along now that we hope will build on our progress,” Mr Stewart said.

Long-time member Colin Frawley said members discovered Landcare works were a “win-win situation”.

“It improves our production and profit,” he said.

“It brings neighbours together.”

Speaking at the launch, Victoria Farmers Federation president David Jochinke described the group’s work as “volunteering at its best”.

Victorian Landcare Council’s Kaye Rodden congratulated the group.

“A book like this is telling really important stories about how we’re changing our landscape. Landcare has played a key role in that, along with many other partners including the VFF and the CMAs,” she said.

“I think telling the stories is one of the most critical things for us, not only to tell other people what we do, but also to give ourselves just a little bit of a pat on the back because as a Landcare community we are changing the landscape, it’s been an extraordinary change for most regions and I think we should all be very proud.”