On the outskirts of Melbourne’s urban fringe, we arrive at Yaloak Estate in the Rowsley Valley. We will see Grow West’s vision to rejuvenate10,000 hectares of the upper Werribee catchment, west of Melbourne. This ambitious program is connecting large areas of public reserves such as the Brisbane Ranges National Park, Werribee Gorge State Park and up to Lerderderg State Park, through a mosaic of restoration works on private property. We will have a chance to explore the property and take in the great views of the valley over a morning cuppa.

Next up we head to the fire affected region of Scotsburn. In December 2015, the community was impacted by bush fire and the local Landcare network has been leading the way, through the recovery stages. We will visit the historical pastoral property, Narmbool, which is a fascinating example of sustainable farming in a diverse and fragile ecosystem which was significantly impacted by the fire.

A delicious lunch will be served on Ballarat Yacht Club deck at Lake Wendouree, were you’ll have a chance to relax and take in the view.

At Lake Wendouree you will see firsthand the urban waterway management program, through the Leigh Catchment Group Breathing life back into the Yarrowee River initiative. After moving to a site on the river, we will hear about how the rate of urban development has placed many pressures on the catchment, including soil erosion,litter management, reduced vegetation and lowered water quality, and how the Landcare network is managing community engagement.

Cost $60.00 per person (includes transport, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea).

The Rowsley/Ballarat field trip will depart from Southern Cross Station at 7.30am on Wednesday, 21 September 2016.

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