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Langwarrin local leading charge to protect woodlands

Langwarrin resident Ella Boyen is doing fantastic work protecting the local environment and helping others in our community do the same.

Ella has used an $11,500 grant from the Federal Government’s 25th Anniversary Landcare Grants 2014-2015 to develop a community information sharing website, run public workshops and coordinate group activities to maintain and improve the Langwarrin Woodlands.

Most recently, Ella coordinated workshops on planning an ecological burn, wildlife survey and habitat improvement. The next workshop on Saturday 29 August will focus on simple ways to control and remove agapanthus, a weed which is having a serious impact on the local bushland.

She is currently part of a small group of passionate locals forming a new Langwarrin Landcare group, with the first meeting likely to be held next Monday 24 August.

The intense focus on Langwarrin Woodlands by the local community with the support of the Federal Government is warranted.

Despite being close to a suburban area, the woodlands has a rich range of habitat and animal life.  The land varies from swamplands, to a riparian zone and open and heathy woodlands.

Some of the animals that inhabit the woodlands include echidnas, swamp wallabies, eastern grey kangaroos, sugar gliders, koalas and a vast range of other mammals, lizards and snakes, birds, fish and amphibians.

“The grant has helped the greater Langwarrin community as it covers fox and rabbit control over a number of properties over a square kilometre,” Ella said.

“With a Bandicoot sighting in Pearcedale recently, fox control and vegetation conservation could see bandicoots make a comeback from local extinction.”

It is so important we protect and nurture these special environments and I commend Ella for her work and encourage interested citizens to get involved.

For information on the project and upcoming workshops go to www.langwarrinwoodlands.org

Local community groups and volunteer-based organisations looking for funding for their environmental project: The Port Phillip and Western Port Catchment Management Authority (CMA) is about to call for applications for a share of $250,000 in Federal Government funding. For more information go to the Funding and Grants section of the CRM’s website: www.ppwcma.vic.gov.au

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