About Us

Cultivating Sustainability Through Community and Agriculture

The Western Port Catchment Landcare Network (WPCLN) is a community based not for profit organisation. We aim through community action, to preserve, protect and enhance the natural environment of Western Port Catchment by working with Landcare groups, individual landholders, government agencies and local businesses to achieve improved natural resource management and sustainable agricultural management outcomes.

The WPCLN has 4 part-time staff who are highly qualified in environmental management, sustainable agriculture, biodiversity and adult training. They can provide technical advice and assistance to landholders on a range of sustainable farming and biodiversity issues. Landcare can also assist landholders with the establishment of indigenous plants, protective fencing, weed and feral animal control, community education on biodiversity, sustainable agriculture and also conducts wildlife monitoring on farms. The WPCLN also runs regular farm planning and soil courses and has conducted a number of sustainable agriculture research programs. We are well respected in the community and have directly worked with over 700 landholders on their properties with hundreds more attending events and field days that we have organised.

The WPCLN was formed in 1999 and now covers an area over 2200 square kilometres across the Baw Baw, Cardinia and Casey Shires. Our Network has grown from an original four Landcare groups to fourteen groups scattered across the catchment from Pearcedale in the south west across to Lang Lang in the south east and Harkaway to Nayook in the north and Westernport Bay in the south. Our office is based in Koo Wee Rup at the rear of the Melbourne Water Office.

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We acknowledge and pay our respects to Traditional Owner organisation that represent the Bunurong people of the South-Eastern Kulin Nation connection to Countr and their rich culture and spiritual connection to Country.
We also acknowledge the responsibility to care for Country of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples and organisations in Natural Resource Management and pay respects to Eld

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