The Victorian Gorse Taskforce (VGT) hosted four demonstration field days across April and May where members of local communities came to learn about gorse management. Demonstrations where held in Portland, Daylesford, the Bellarine Peninsular and the Bass Coast and saw 70 people in attendance. The field days also saw a number of environmental organisations represented including local councils, CMAs, Parks, Landcare groups and the CFA.
The field days were a great success with members of the public being able to talk to relevant environment professionals about their own gorse journeys and watch a demonstration of best practice gorse removal. Information about the annual community grants program was also discussed at length and the field days acted as a networking opportunity for those interested in applying together. “Great to see everyone at the Gorse Management field day… it was a great opportunity to catch up and network. The demonstration by John with his EcoBlade generated a lot of interest,” said Margaret Thomas who attended the field day in Daylesford.
The VGT would like to thank the landowners, Landcare groups and contractors involved in the demonstration days including Southwest Environmental Alliance, Westvic Earthmoving, Tony Demarco from The Farm Daylesford, Regional Vic Farm Services, VGT committee member John Cable, the Bellarine Landcare group, Precision Slashing & Groundcare, the Bass Coast Landcare group and McFee Tree services. These knowledgeable individuals and organisations made each field day possible. The VGT is very thankful.
There are no more field days planned for 2019 but there are still 3 days left for grant submissions. For further enquiries, please contact Brydie Murrihy, Communications, Community Engagement and Extension Officer, Victorian Gorse Taskforce on 0428 335 705 or at firstname.lastname@example.org