Protecting grassy box woodland east of Sutton school.

About Us

The beginnings - a public meeting in Sutton Community Hall on 24 April 1997 established a steering committee to examine the viability of a landcare group at Sutton.  On 23 June 1997 the Group was officially established under the umbrella of the Sutton & District Community Association.  The initial focus was on weeds, trees and river care.

Our philosophy at Sutton Landcare is to improve our natural environment by ensuring that all members are fully informed on the principles of sustainable environmental management and how to implement them.  Armed with the right knowledge we, as private land-owners, can ensure that we manage our own properties in accord with sound environmental practices.  We can also make intelligent comment to the relevant authorities on the stewardship of publicly-owned land in our community. 

Accordingly the major activities of the Group centre around talks by visiting experts on a wide range of land management and conservation issues chosen by the members to be of particular priority or interest.  Follow-on field trips are sometimes undertaken.  The Group also has a long-standing commitment to ensure the well-being of the grassy box woodland area just east of Sutton Primary School, known locally as "Sutton Common".

Our Group logo reflects Sutton Landcare's ongoing interest in trees, plants and wildlife (hence the native betong in the logo).  Betongs are an endangered species and a new colony is being built up by a consortium of government agencies at Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary, just a few kilometers west of Sutton Village.

Landcare meetings are held at Sutton Public School, normally on the second Tuesday of each even-numbered month.  The usual  format is a short business meeting 7:30 - 8:00 pm, followed by a guest speaker presentation or some other activity, followed by supper.  Our meetings are advertised in several local newspapers so that any interested person has the opportunity to attend.

Financial year membership costs $5 per adult or $10 per family.  Payment can be made in cash to our Treasurer, or by direct bank-to-bank transfer to our Bendigo Bank account (BSB: 633-000   Account: 131530883).

For general inquiries about Sutton Landcare meetings, please contact our Secretary, Marchien van Ooestende, on sutton.landcare@gmail.com

Sutton Landcare Group Contacts

President:  Dr Arnold Dekker.
Vice President:  TBA.
Secretary:  Marchien van Oostende (sutton.landcare@gmail.com)
Treasurer:  Christine Pahlman

Projects

Sutton Landcare recognised early on that there was a significant conservation risk hanging over the Crown Land area just east of Sutton Public School. The land comprises a bio-diverse remnant of Yellow Box/Red Gum grassy woodland.

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