Landcare comes to Melbourne’s Sustainable Living Festival
Creepy crawlies, colourful displays, giveaways, photographic exhibits - Landcare and Coastcare had all the ingredients to make a splash at Melbourne’s Sustainable Living Festival at Federation Square.
And visitors snapped up lots of information on the many opportunities to get involved in Landcare and Coastcare. More than 1500 visitors – including kids who loved the creepy crawlies - interacted with staff from Natural Resources and Public Land divisions (at DSE) and volunteer landcarers, who were available to answer questions and provide information. Of these, 112 people were inspired to register to volunteer for Landcare and/or Coastcare, or to stay informed about opportunities to get involved.
Many visitors were surprised to learn that there are ‘Friends of’ groups' who care for and do on-ground environmental work in public reserves, along waterways and in parkland in most Melbourne suburbs. On the last afternoon many visitors happily received a gift of one of the 400 indigenous plants that had helped decorate the marquee.
Among the many successes of Landcare is its ability to bring landholders and communities together to plan, organise and collectively develop practical ideas to address land management and environmental issues of common concern. The festival proved to be a great way to achieve that, in an informative and fun way.
Landcare at the Sustainable Living Festival on YouTube and images on Flickr.