There are currently 11 active Landcare groups within Nillumbik primarily operating within the rural areas of the shire. Groups range in size from less than 10 to over 150 members. The total number of Landcare group members within Nillumbik is well over 700. Several of the groups in Nillumbik started in the early 1990’s while the most recently formed group, Hurstbridge District Landcare, was founded in 2015.
Landcare groups within Nillumbik are focussed mainly on the management of biodiversity and agricultural assets on private land within the shire. A “Landcare” group differs from a “Friends of” group primarily in that Landcare groups typically focus on Private land while Friends groups tend to focus on Public land.
Nillumbik Landcare Network is an organisation that brings together and supports the Landcare groups operating within Nillumbik. The network is governed by a volunteer board made up of representatives of each of the member groups. The network and member groups are supported by a part time Landcare Facilitator position hosted by Nillumbik Shire Council and funded through the Victorian Government Landcare Facilitation program.
Nillumbik Landcare Network and its member groups source funding for projects and activities through grants offered by various government bodies such as Department of Environment Land Water and Planning (DELWP), Nillumbik Shire Council, Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority, and also through various private philanthropic funding bodies such as Helen McPherson Smith Trust and Wettenhall Environment Trust. Projects and activities often include educational events, pest plant and animal control, monitoring, revegetation and regeneration, installation of nest boxes and a range of other activities.