In June 2014, a Landcare workshop was conducted, resulting in the formation of a Landcare Group and the Central Otway’s Landcare Network (COLN), with Blackberry as a priority. — COMMUNITY STORIES: Central Otway’s ‘Reining in Blackberry’ Foundation Project

After receiving the Victorian Blackberry Taskforce’s (VBT) community group start-up kit, COLN obtained funding via the Victorian Landcare Grants and commenced the ‘Reining in Blackberry’ (RIB) Foundation Project.

The group’s key focus is improving productivity on-farms and enhancing biodiversity in the Central Otway Landcare region. The project partners include Barongarook Landcare Group, Ridge Landcare Group, Colac Otways Shire, Plantation companies, Vic Roads, Parks Victoria & Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

Read More in the June edition of the VBT News.