WULN Projects

WULN Projects

 Ongoing Programs…

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Wodonga Transform-a-Thon

What: This is an annual ‘A-thon’ event created to involve young people in environmental restoration activities. Guide and Scout groups are invited to participate as a fundraising and badgework activity for their members. They find sponsors, spend a morning with Parklands rangers removing environmental weeds and planting indigenous plants (and learning about bush restoration), then collect the funds for their group.

Where: A park or reserve within Wodonga municipality. We have run this event at the old Leneva school site, on Kent McKoy reserve and in Gordon Craig Park on Felltimber Creek.

When: Once each year in term time.

How: WULN run this activity in partnership with Parklands Albury Wodonga. We welcome sponsorship to enable us to provide lunch for the hard-working young participants.

Get Involved: This project is not exclusive to Guide or Scout groups so if you have a group of young people who would like to participate please talk to us at wodongalancare@gmail.com

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Local Education Network for Sustainability (LENS)

What: The LENS began in 2013 as Wodonga Local Sustainability Education Network. The LENS supports Sustainability Education by showcasing local examples, creating pathways linking educators and young people with local projects and activities, informing members of education related funding and training opportunities and engaging schools in Landcare activities.

Where: With a focus on information sharing, the LENS is an internet based network. However, LENS also showcases Environment and Sustainability examples throughout Wodonga, particularly in schools. The home of LENS is the Sustainable Activity Centre (SAC) on Gateway Island.

When: LENS members receive the WULN Bulletin monthly – a comprehensive listing of local opportunities for involvement in Landcare and Sustainability, upcoming events and activities, current funding rounds and resources. Showcase events are offered by the SAC and WULN, with members invited via email.

How: Originally funded by the federal government’s Regional Landcare Facilitator Project, the LENS now operates as a partnership between the Sustainable Activity Centre, WULN and local Sustainability organisations. We welcome involvement and ideas from all with an interest – the more communication we all have, the better! Please contact the SAC via their website https://sustainableactivitycentre.com.au/

Get Involved: Membership is free. Please contact WULN at wodongalandcare@gmail.com to have your details added to our information sharing list.

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Workplaces in Open Spaces

What: Workplaces in Open Spaces (WiOS) provides opportunities for local businesses to contribute to on-ground environmental activities in Wodonga. WiOS provides the connections for workforces to volunteer with planting and other Landcare type activities improving our local environment, and for businesses to sponsor Landcare events or even physical installations such as park benches.

Where: WiOS activities are based in the municipality of Wodonga and occur in the urban parks as well as the wilder bush reserves in the hills.

When: WiOS events are planned in response to interest and organised to suit the business involved. Many events are held in Winter/early Spring as this is planting season. However, there are other activities open to volunteer workforces – such as ‘clean up’ events, mulching and environmental weeding, which can be scheduled in other seasons.

How: This is a partnership project involving the City of Wodonga, Gateway Health, Parklands Albury Wodonga and the Wodonga Urban Landcare Network. Originally conceived and funded through the Victorian Government’s Be Active program, the initiative now operates essentially through the goodwill of our partnership arrangement.

Get Involved: Register through the City of Wodonga Workplaces in Open Spaces

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2017 Projects

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Creating a Nestbox Network

 What:

  • Researching and mapping the nest boxes available for threatened species throughout Wodonga to create a publicly available database on the Atlas of Living Australia.
  • Working co-operatively with local land managers to identify gaps in the landscape where nest boxes are needed and plan a landscape scale monitoring program.
  • Running nest box installation, mapping and monitoring events to engage community members in the ongoing monitoring and maintenance of the nestbox network.

Where: Private and public land in the municipality of Wodonga.

When: Current Please follow our Facebook page  or Ecoportal for upcoming events.

How: This project is funded by the Victorian Government’s Threatened Species Initiative through the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Community Action Grants. We are working with Parklands Albury Wodonga, the City of Wodonga, the Albury Conservation Company, Murray Local Land Services and other local land managers to create an effective network to support threatened species in our area. We welcome schools, community groups and individuals wishing to be part of an ongoing ‘citizen science’ monitoring program.

Get Involved: Please contact wodongalandcare@gmail.com

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Pathways to Landcare for Young People

What:  An Action Research project strengthening the pathways for young people in Wodonga to connect with the natural environment and engage with community management of our beautiful bush parks. We are exploring the programs, projects and aspirations of Wodonga’s educational institutions from prep to tertiary that provide opportunities for engaging young people in Landcare, and creating ways to connect them with the local environmental land managers and programs.

From propagating plants, planting trees or monitoring nest boxes to drafting management plans with community Friends groups, there are so many possibilities for young people to connect with nature in Wodonga. We are very excited to be creating a framework that will make it much easier for them to do so.

Where: Throughout Wodonga.

When: Current. Please follow our Facebook page  or Ecoportal for upcoming events.

How: This project is funded by the Victorian Landcare Program through the North East Catchment Management Authority. We are working with Petaurus Education Group, the Sustainable Activity Centre, land managers and educators at all levels throughout Wodonga to create accessible pathways for young people to connect with Landcare in all it’s forms in Wodonga. Please expect contact from Petaurus in the coming months to discuss your needs and opportunities. We welcome all communications that help create these pathways.

Get Involved: Please contact wodongalandcare@gmail.com

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Wodonga Regional Waterways Plan

What:  WULN is leading the renewal of the Wodonga Waterways Action Plan (2000) to provide a comprehensive 2017 condition report and technical plans for the waterways in the Wodonga Municipality. This builds on the Wodonga Waterways Community Consultation undertaken in 2015-16, and will provide clear guidance for community groups, private landholders and local government land managers working along the waterways of Wodonga.

Where: The plan will include all waterways within the municipality of Wodonga with a focus on Castle Creek; Felltimber Creek; House Creek; Huon Creek; Jack in the Box Creek; Middle Creek; Yackandandah Creek within the confines of the City of Wodonga; and the lower reaches of the Kiewa River. Principles of the plan will be directed to other waterways.

When: Current. Please follow our Facebook page for upcoming events.

How: We are working in partnership with the North East Catchment Management Authority and the City of Wodonga to deliver this project. WULN’s contribution is funded by the Victorian Landcare Program through the NECMA, and the Victorian Landcare Facilitator Program through DELWP. We are working with a Project Reference group drawn from the local community, technical experts and specialists to ensure the technical aspects are correct and our community expectations are included.

Get Involved: Please contact wodongalandcare@gmail.com

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Wodonga Walk ‘n Talks

What:  Lead by local people with expertise in the environment, our Walk ‘n Talk sessions provide information on the aims, techniques and progress of environmental restoration and management programs on the go around Wodonga. Open to all, these are short walks at a pace that allows commentary and questions along the way, followed by a cuppa and chance to chat.

Where: Parks and reserves throughout Wodonga.

When: Roughly 2 walks scheduled each month. Please follow our Facebook page  or Ecoportal for upcoming events.

How: The Walk ‘n Talk program is funded by the Victorian Landcare Program through the North East Catchment Management Authority and made possible by the generous provision of leadership time by staff at Parklands Albury Wodonga, DELWP and the City of Wodonga amongst others.

Get Involved: Please contact wodongalandcare@gmail.com

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Bush Regeneration Field Days

 What:  Bush regeneration is one of the main activities of Friends and Landcare groups and there are approaches, tools and techniques that make our work easier and more effective. These Field days shine a light on some great examples of bush regeneration in our local area and focus on the tools and techniques that suit the site, the vegetation type and the season. Each event is approx. 4 hours and includes a light lunch.

Where: Various sites throughout Wodonga. Field days usually involve 2 site visits, for which we car-pool.

When: 6 Field days will be held in 2017. Please follow our Facebook page  or check Ecoportal for upcoming events.

How: These Bush Regeneration Field Days are funded by the Victorian Landcare Program through the North East Catchment Management Authority and made possible by the generous provision of leadership time and equipment by Parklands Albury Wodonga, DELWP and the City of Wodonga amongst others.

Get Involved: Please contact wodongalandcare@gmail.com

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Gardens for Wildlife

What:  This year WULN is initiating a new group especially for community members interested in promoting native plants in residential gardens. Gardens for Wildlife will focus on the way residential gardens interact with the wildlife corridors that run throughout Wodonga, linking the hills with the Murray river. There is great potential for our back and front yards to provide vital habitat supporting native birds and animals, including threatened species. At the same time our gardens can also be a source of environmental weeds that are part and parcel of the decline of native species.

Where: Parks and reserves throughout Wodonga.

When: Please follow our Facebook page  or Ecoportal for upcoming events.

How: Gardens for Wildlife in Wodonga was started by the Friends of Willow Park and has been taken up by WULN this year. We have received support from the City of Wodonga Community Partnership Program to create community partnerships, provide native plants and run events in 2017.

Get Involved: Please contact wodongalandcare@gmail.com

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2016 Projects

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Wodonga Creek Walks

What:  Lead by local people with expertise in the environment, the Creek Walk sessions (also known as Wednesday Walks) provided information on the habitat value, vegetation, environmental weeds, management aims and progress of restoration works along the creeklines of Wodonga. These short loop walks allowed for commentary and questions along the way, followed by a cuppa and chance to chat. Our Facilitator produced an informal report on each walk, providing a community landcare perspective on our waterways.

Where: Belvoir Park, Pam Stone Park, Les Stone Park, Gerard Moylan Park, Willow Park, Clyde Cameron Reserve, Kent McKoy Reserve, David Winterbottom Park, Gordon Craig Park and Gordon Hartsman Park.

How: The Creek Walks were partially funded by the Victorian Landcare Program through the North East Catchment Management Authority and made possible by the generous provision of leadership time by staff at Parklands Albury Wodonga and DELWP

Further Info: See our Creek Walk Reports

Walk Report 1 – Wodonga & House Creek junction

Walk Report 2 – Belvoir Park Loop

Walk Report 3 Pam Stone and Les Stone Parks edited

Walk Report 4 – Gerard Moylan and Willow Parks

Walk Report 5 – Clyde Cameron Reserve

Walk Report 6 – Kent McKoy and David Winterbottom

Walk Report 7 – House Creek from Gordon Hartsman Park

Walk Report 8 – Gordon Craig Park

Walk Report 9 – Pasko block McFarlanes Hill

Walk Report 10 – Felltimber Creek

Walk Report 11 – Felltimber CreekWalk Report 11 – Felltimber Creek

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Creating Ecosystems and Stewardship in Wodonga’s Schools (2014-2016)

 What:  We worked with 8 local schools to create new revegetation sites, enhance connectivity to adjoining urban wildlife corridors, raise student awareness, understanding and appreciation of whole system ecology and build stewardship. The legacy of this project is evident throughout Wodonga as diverse native gardens and corridors in and around the grounds of participating schools.

Where: Wodonga Middle Years College, Felltimber and Huon campuses, the Flying Fruit Fly Circus school, Wodonga South Primary School, Frayne College (now St Francis), St Monicas school, Wodonga Senior Secondary College, Catholic College Wodonga.

How: This project was funded by the Communities for Nature Program through DELWP, allowing us to provide indigenous plants and guards to participating schools, and support planting days, over 2 years.

Further Info: Please contact wodongalandcare@gmail.com

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2015 Projects

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Wodonga Waterways Community Consultation (2014-2015)

What:

  • Created a partnership with City of Wodonga and NECMA,
  • Sought and received funding for a community engagement process to determine the community’s vision and values for the waterways, and to identify any significant issues that needed to be addressed.
  • Engaged a consultant to implement a Community Consultation process including public forums and document a shared community vision for the creeks within the Wodonga municipality.

Where: Focus on Castle Creek; Felltimber Creek; House Creek; Huon Creek; Jack in the Box Creek; Middle Creek; Yackandandah Creek within the confines of the City of Wodonga; and the lower reaches of the Kiewa River.

How:

  • A review was undertaken with Wodonga Council to ascertain which actions from the 2000 plan had been completed and establish the significant changes to the environment since that plan was made.
  • A community survey was made available online and in hard copy at the council office, Wodonga Library, Baranduda Community Centre, Belgrade Avenue Community Centre, and Felltimber Community Centre. Hard copies surveys were mailed out to landowners adjoining the waterways and were also mailed out on request to other interested members of the community.
  • Interviews were conducted with key stakeholders to gather a range of detailed views on the current issues for the waterways, as well as to determine future aspirations and values.
  • A lunchtime community barbecue was held at Les Stone Park. Feedback mechanisms available at the barbecue were the Community survey and Butcher’s paper to note down how people would describe each waterway now and how they would like to describe them in the future.
  • Four public forums were held where the community was invited to come along and learn about issues affecting the waterways and share their views on what could be done. Forums were held at Birralee Park Neighbourhood House, Felltimber Community Centre, Victory Lutheran College and Baranduda Community Centre.
  • Significant desktop research was undertaken into a number of perspectives contained within this report, including the Indigenous and European history of Wodonga, fire risk, and the future planning and development of the city.
  • The consultation process received significant support from the local media, as well as strong support from NECMA and Wodonga Council on their social media accounts.

Further Info: Contact us at wodongalandcare@gmail.com for a copy of the Wodonga Waterways Community Consultation Report,  or see the Summary Report below.

WULN Waterways Report Summary

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Ground Ready Revegetation (2014-2015)

 What:  This project provided the ‘seed’ plantings to generate easy and positive corporate revegetation experiences in the initial phase of the Workplaces in Open Spaces program, encouraging corporate involvement and stewardship and ultimately sponsorship of revegetation projects identified by Parklands Albury Wodonga, Wodonga Urban Landcare Network and the City of Wodonga. The project provided plants to support the engagement of corporate volunteers in local revegetation projects, raise awareness, understanding and appreciation of revegetation activities, build stewardship and enhance the connectivity to adjoining urban wildlife corridors.

Where: Sites throughout Wodonga

How: This project was funded by the Communities for Nature Program through DELWP, allowing us to provide indigenous plants and guards to participating businesses and support planting events.

Further Info: Please contact wodongalandcare@gmail.com

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2014 and earlier Projects

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Our Landscape (2012-2014)

 What:  This project focussed on developing a suite of Wodonga-specific resources for member groups to use in planning works and finding funding and resources for their patches. It included

  • Research and development of a Cloud file sharing system,
  • Researching the regulatory framework, existing plans and strategies of land managers and other authorities within which community groups must work,
  • Development of protocols with City of Wodonga around group activities in public parks and reserves,
  • Development of complying proformas for member group activities such as sign-in sheets and project records,
  • Gathering locally relevant information for on ground Landcare activities,
  • Gathering supporting information and templates to assist member groups, such as funding and governance templates and OH&S info.

Where: An electronic resource available to member groups.

How: This project was originated with the inception of the Wodonga Urban Landcare Network, which was funded through the Victorian Local Landcare Facilitator Initiative by the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment.

Further Info: Please contact wodongalandcare@gmail.com

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Biolinks II (2013-14)

 What:  This project invited community involvement in the formation of stewardship groups to increase biodiversity along House Creek. It funded dense planting of lower, mid and upper storey indigenous plants along the riparian zone and supported stewardship groups to adopt small sections of the creek. Many of the plantings done through this project are now good maturing examples of whole-of-ecosystem planting.

 Where: Clyde Cameron Reserve, David Winterbottom Park, Willow Park, Gerard Moylan Park, Les Stone Park, Pam Stone Park and Belvoir Park

How: This project was funded by the Victorian Government’s Second Generation Landcare program, through NECMA. Funds were used to purchase plants and planting equipment to be shared amongst participating groups, and to provide training in planning and mapping.

Further Info: Please contact wodongalandcare@gmail.com