Supporting community-led gorse control projects and activities is the key focus of the Victorian Gorse Taskforce.

By showing that community-led efforts work best, we’ve attracted well over $1 million in government funding for community gorse projects since 2005.

Community-led gorse control projects in Victoria have shown it’s possible to eradicate or substantially reduce gorse across local landscapes.

Local people set the priorities for gorse control in their area, and the VGT helps them collaborate with public land managers and others to develop integrated and long-term campaigns against gorse.

Together, local people have shared their knowledge and experience to remove or manage hundreds of hectares of gorse on private land as well as along roadsides and waterways and across private and public land boundaries.

Local community groups offer a wealth of information and knowledge about how to control your gorse. They may provide a subsidy for herbicides to treat gorse as well as tools and machinery.

Community-led gorse activities range from supporting individual property owners to reduce gorse while protecting indigenous vegetation, to working with local councils to treat gorse alongside rural roads. Other projects involve local people working together to remove gorse and restore important community environmental assets in their region.

For recent community gorse projects, read our Progress Report 2019/20.

Project areas 2016/17

Project areas 2017/18

Project areas 2018/19

Project areas 2019/2020

Benefits of the VGT Community Grants Program with Stephen Guy and Jen Clarke from the Woady Yaloak Catchment Project

Mulching gorse – Westvic earth moving – Wattle Hill gorse control project

Before and after

Westvic earthmoving – Wattle Hill gorse control project

Leigh Catchment Group and Moorabool Landcare Network gorse control project

Moyne Weed Eradication Network gorse control project

Invermay Landcare Group gorse control project

Ecoblade demonstration at the Tylden Landcare field day.