Royalla Landcare

In 2001 a bird survey saw the beginning of this Landcare group, which now has somewhere between 35-50 members. Royalla Landcare Group (RLC) operates in a lifestyle-lot estate approximately half an hour from Canberra.

Numerous people on rural residential lots make up this area, offering a challenging array of natural resource issues that the Group tackles incredibly well.

As a consequence, RLC focus much of their effort on education, particularly because any remnant vegetation in the local area is likely to be made up of the endangered Grassy Box Woodland.

Activities:

Jerrabomberra Creek is the main work site of the Landcare group. In 2008, Conservation Volunteers Australia worked a total of 20 days on the restoration of the Creek. ADFA was also involved, and planted a total of 2800 plants over a two day period.

Murrumbidgee CMA has also recently given funding to Palerang Shire Council, which will be spread across three sites, including Jerrabomberra Creek. As part of the Kosciuszko to Coast initiative, Greening Australia will be project managing this latter project.

Having identified those things the. Group needs to proactively manage eg. the minimum area you should keep a horse in, regular newsletters and other educational activities work towards promoting these ideals. Newsletters are developed 4 times a year and distributed to all 250 of the Royalla residents. Regular involvement activities like Waterwatch and Frogwatch also encourage people of any skill level to be involved and learn a little about their local environment ... Jerrabomberra Creek.

In addition to weed workshops being facilitated by this Group, residents in Royalla have access to Molonglo Catchment Group's Weed Kit, and - if they join up to become a Landcare member - they can also receive one free property visit which helps landholders identify weeds, whilst encouraging the retention of native vegetation. Workshops are also held within Royalla which are of a more technical basis eg. Landscan, Soil, etc.

Environmental activities of a more social nature are run by RLC, too. These include bird walks and springtime wildflower walks.

Opportunities:

RLC have expressed their interest in getting someone from the Murrumbidgee CMA to facilitate a planning workshop, to identify the future direction of the Group.

Funding for interpretational signage for Royalla Estate is required. In lieu of this, signage representing environmental messages would also be of great advantage for the group and the environmental education within Royalla.