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John Topp – Longtime Maffra District Landcare Volunteer

Caring for the land

Caring for the land

John Topp – Longtime Maffra District Landcare Volunteer

Enviro champs highlighted in calendar

Champions of the environment are the focus of the 2020 calendar from the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority.

The Landcare in West Gippsland calendar features individuals and groups that have been active in maintaining and improving the local environment.

“The calendar features people who have simply made extraordinary contributions to our region over the years,” said Latrobe Catchment Landcare Network Facilitator, Marnie Ellis.

“They are quiet achievers who rarely see the spotlight, so we’re delighted to give them a bit of attention and encourage people to reflect on the work these people have done as they move from one month to the next in 2020,” Marnie said.

The calendar features photographs from across the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority area and includes volunteer Land-Carers from Bass Coast, Yarram Yarram, Maffra and District, South Gippsland Landcare networks as well as the Latrobe Catchment Landcare Network.

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“There are some lovely shots in here. One of my personal favourites is the photo of John Topp from Valencia Creek. John is such an unassuming guy who has been supplying trees to Landcare and volunteering his time for so many years,” continued Marnie.

“There wouldn’t be many people in the Sale/Maffra area who are involved in Landcare who wouldn’t know John and appreciate the wonderful work he’s done.

“Another one is the image of the students from the Ellinbank Primary School who were involved in a series of plantings in the school’s native garden. They are a great bunch of kids and it reminds me that the return on the investment that people are making in Landcare will be picked up by these kids and their generation. Everyone just wants to make a difference to improve the environment," Marnie said.

As well as the wonderful photographs, the calendar also features some of the achievements of the Landcare movement across the region over 2019.

“Because so much of the work is out of sight, either on private property or on public land which not many people might be able to get to, we thought it was important to remind people of the significant work that has been done across the region.

“Supported by our Landcare members, an additional 4,500 people participated in a Landcare activity this year – this is amazing. As is the nearly 20,000 volunteer hours across the 72 local Landcare groups racked up this year. There are a lot of people doing great things which we hope this calendar helps to celebrate,” Marnie said.

Copies of the calendar can be obtained from the Traralgon (16 Hotham Street) and Leongatha (Corner of Blair and Young Street) offices of the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority.

Individuals wishing to become involved in Landcare in 2020 can phone 1300 094 262 to be put in touch with their local Landcare group.

Libby Balderstone, Warrigal Creek (near Woodside)

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