Landcare groups

Nillumbik’s Landcare groups play a vital role in the protection and enhancement of our unique landscape.They are also a valuable resource of practical support and knowledge to landowners, especially new landowners.

Council values these groups and aims to provide programs to complement and support the essential role that they perform in the Shire. Nillumbik’s Landcare groups joined together to form the Nillumbik Landcare Network which facilitates strategic planning and cooperation among groups across the whole of Nillumbik.

For more information about the Network visit the Nillumbik Landcare Network website.

What is a Landcare group?

Landcare groups work together to protect and enhance natural resources on private land for the benefit of the whole community. Activities are generally centred around the management of broad-acre farmland, privately owned bushland, rural-residential land, reserved crown land and roadside verges within the Shire.

Landcare groups are a great source of information regarding local land management issues. Members often have a wealth of knowledge about their local catchment and can assist landowners in seeking land management information, technical advice and funding opportunities.

Local Landcare groups

There are currently 11 Landcare groups within the Shire of Nillumbik.  Most of these groups organise regular field days, working bees, social events and/or information sessions with guest speakers.

Arthurs Creek District Landcare Group

Contact Tamara Slabon 9714 8202 or

Bend of Islands Conservation Association Landcare

Contact BICA

Christmas Hills Landcare Group

Contact Doug Evans

Cottles Bridge Landcare Group

Contact Tom Joiner 9718 2768 or

Dunmoochin Landcare Group

Contact David Nicholls 9714 8414 or 

Hurstbridge District Landcare

Contact Tim O'Donnell 9433 3207 or

Mount Pleasant Research Landcare Group

Contact John Huf 9437 0873 or  

North Warrandyte Osborne Peninsula Landcare Group

Contact Ruth Rankin 9844 1959 or

Smiths Gully Landcare Group

Contact Chris Sanders 9710 1570 or

St Andrews Landcare Group

Contact Kate Fitzherbert 0408 561 469 or 

Strathewen Landcare Group

Contact Carol Cardile 0400 308 048  or

Stringybark Community Nursery

Stringybark Community Nursery was originally established to collect and grow seed sourced locally for the 2009 fire affected properties in St Andrews, Strathewen, Arthurs Creek and Christmas Hills. The Nursery now supports local groups and individual landowners to maintain and enhance biodiversity by providing plants, usually at $1 per tube. Community members can also come together and develop new skills, or group members can propagate specific plants for projects. Working bees are held each Tuesday at 3.30pm and the second Sunday of each month from 9.30am until 11.30am at the nursery behind the Wadambuk St Andrews Community Centre, 35 Caledonia Street, St Andrews. For information call Sue Aldred on 0409 409 288

More information

Contact the Nillumbik Landcare facilitator on 9433 3372 or email