Healthy Hectares is a 15 month project which is currently being run by Wodonga Urban Landcare Network, Mid Ovens Landcare Consortium, Ovens Landcare Network and Kiewa Catchment Landcare Groups to build the capacity of small rural property owners to apply best practice land management principles to their land. The project adapts the Healthy Hectares program developed by Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority and Euroa Arboretum to the North East region of Victoria and delivers a series of Field Days and online sessions for landholders on property planning, wildlife, soils, water, livestock and pests and weeds.
In 2020 WULN received $20,000 from the Victorian Government’s Landcare program through the North East Catchment Management Authority. The project is managed by WULN and provided for community planting events organised by member groups and PPE/equipment purchases managed by the WULN Equipment working group. Also through this funding, Project Officer Lizette Salmon delivered G4W events and Karen Retra delivered training events for schools and WULN members.
Community Impact Grant activities
Wodonga Council’s Community Impact grants program aims to empower community organisations and individuals to grow ideas in an innovative and creative way, as well as looking to improve the city.
WULN projects funded by the 2020-21 grant round include on-ground improvements to park amenity, habitat restoration and beautification, interpretive signage, community engagement events and community education to encourage responsible cat ownership.
The progress of these various projects is evident in parks and reserves throughout Wodonga.