Who we are
The Woady Yaloak Catchment Project is a community based landcare project that evolved from the collaboration of seven landcare groups within the Woady Yaloak River Catchment. The groups were Pittong-Hoyles Creek, the Dales, Haddon, Rokewood, Werneth, Misery Moonlight and Grenville.
The Catchment covers 120,000 ha from Ballarat across to Pittong at the top of the Catchment, down to Cressy at the bottom of the Catchment. Water from this area flows into the Woady Yaloak River, which eventually finds its way into Lake Corangamite, Australia's largest permanent inland lake and a waterbody of international wildlife conservation significance.
Approximately 80% of the land in the catchment is privately owned, which is mainly used for agriculture. Grazing and cropping are the dominant enterprises. The remainder is public land, mostly state forest of Messmate stringybark.
The state forest divides the catchment into two distinct areas, the broad acre agricultural land to the south and the small blocks to the north. The Woady Yaloak Catchment is home to an estimated 220 farming families and 1,100 small block owners.
Rainfall can vary across the catchment from 500-550 mm/yr over the southern plains to 600-650 mm/yr further north in the hill country. At the top of the catchment near Ballarat, rainfall can rise to 700 mm/yr.
The project began in 1992 and has been providing funding support for landcare projects for more than twenty years. It attracts funding from a range of sources to support on-ground landcare projects, such as tree planting, weed control, rabbit control, wetland development, erosion work, creekline protection/rehabilitation, pasture and cropping trials, protection of remnant vegetation, and more.
In 2015 the founding landcare groups took the decision to cease independent operation and amalgamate with the overarching Woady Yaloak Catchment Group. Representative from each of the previous landcare group area are elected at the Annual General Meeting.