Links that Count: the Oxford Downs Project

When the owners of Oxford Downs were offered help to carry out environmental works by the Macclesfield Landcare Group (MLG), they did not hesitate.

Tania Kirby and her mother, Irene Veit, had been contemplating further works on the 22ha property, but were daunted by the time, cost and effort involved. To have someone else manage the project from start to finish - including scoping and design, obtaining funding and materials, and organising and supervising labour - was too good an opportunity to refuse.

MLG President, Ron Sawyer, and Tania put together an extensive project plan involving five revegetation sites, 8,100 seedlings and 330m of fencing. The project was implemented over the following months by 100 volunteers, with financial support from the Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority and Melbourne Water.

One year later, and with the plantings are showing healthy growth, the project is being judged a success by everyone involved. And in more good news, many other properties will be able to receive the same kind of treatment, thanks to a new initiative available to landholders along Woori Yallock Creek.

Read the case study  Links that Count: the Oxford Downs Project prepared by Jillian Staton