How we evolved
In 1992, the Pittong, Werneth, Rokewood and Misery Moonlight landcare groups joined forces, with the encouragement of the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF), to accelerate the adoption of on-farm landcare solutions.
The group formed the Woady Yaloak Catchment Project, which was one of the first in Victoria to tackle land degradation on a whole catchment basis and the first of its kind to attract a major corporate sponsor, Alcoa of Australia Limited.
The initial project involved 80 landholders in catchment. The community set out an ambitious five-year plan, managed by a local committee, to establish 3,500 hectares of deep rooted perennial pastures, plant 135,000 trees and decrease the rabbit population. This was achieved within a four-year time frame.
The group has gone from strength to strength since that time, engaging more landholders and taking on larger and more ambitious projects. However, the projects continues to evolve, growing to meet the changing needs of its community and adapting to work within the ever shifting economic and social climate.
The most significant change in recent times as been the amalgamation of the existing landcare groups into the broader Woady Yaloak Catchment Group. This change was motivated by the difficulties individual groups had in maintaining seven active local committees and given most of the landcare activities members wanted to do could be achived through the larger Catchment Group.