Video celebrates local landcarers

Volunteers at the Mount Alexander Region Intrepid Landcare working bee in 2019. Photo: Asha Bannon

A new ‘Landcare Celebration’ video pays tribute to the hardworking and passionate volunteer groups across the Mount Alexander region.

The Connecting Country video was funded through a Mount Alexander Shire Community Grant and features a number of landcare volunteers talking about why landcare is important to their community and the vast diversity of projects across the region.

Landcare is for everyone, including the natural landscape and all its diversity, and is a great way to meet your neighbours and make new friends.

“I have seen first-hand what community groups can achieve and the real difference they make on the ground every day,” said Asha Bannon, Mount Alexander region landcare facilitator.
“We hope that this video will give our broader community a snapshot of the opportunities that landcare can give you to help care for our precious local environment, while also having some fun!”

Connecting Country thanked MRL Media for its generous contribution to the video, as well as Mount Alexander Shire Council. They also thanked the many community members who played crucial roles in making this video special, including Beth Mellick, Uncle Rick Nelson, Ian Higgins, Marie Jones, Drew Marshall, Jane Rusden, Brian Bainbridge, and the Landcare Steering Group.

Landcare is about caring for your land and your local area so it continues to support our community and natural resources for generations to come. This volunteer movement began in Victoria in 1986 and there are now more than 600 landcare groups in Victoria, with about 30 in the Mount Alexander region.

Landcare and friends groups care for our land through practical actions like revegetation, weed and pest control, erosion control, improving water quality, and sustainable agriculture. They also engage and support community members through workshops, interpretive signs, recording history, building walking tracks, and more.

Joining a landcare or friends group is a great way to actively help your local environment and get to know local people. You can get involved at any level, from dropping in to a working bee occasionally to taking a management role.

Visit the Connecting Country website, or contact Asha Bannon at for more information.
To watch the video, visit Connecting Country’s landcare web page