Project Hindmarsh is the Hindmarsh Landcare Network’s most successful and well known flagship program. The program is a collaborative effort between the Network and a range of stakeholders and agencies. Every year many projects are completed under the flag of Project Hindmarsh by the Network and project partners such as Greening Australia and the Wimmera Catchment Management Authority. Of these projects, a few are selected each year to host the Project Hindmarsh Planting Weekend.
The Hindmarsh Landcare Weekend attracts all sorts from all over. Here we have Minister for the Environment, Ryan Smith, planting one of the million trees with Lucy Tate in 2011 – Photo: David Fletcher
The initial concept of the project and planting weekends was to patch a fragmented vegetation link between the Little and Big Deserts. This significant milestone was achieved after year 5. Since then, there have been a number of projects linking the Central Wimmera to the Wimmera River, which contributes to the very important vegetation corridor from Lake Hindmarsh and the Western Wimmera to the Grampians and beyond.
15 Years Of The Project Hindmarsh Planting Weekend
The millionth tree a few years on..
Staricks Site 2012 – Photo: Paul Skeen
- Completed works and assessments on over 500 sites
- Protected over 270ha of Remnant Vegetation
- Planted over 70ha of Saltbush
- Planted over 60ha of Shelterbelts
- Revegetated over 2000ha of native vegetation
- Revegetated over 300ha of roadside reserves
- Established over 1.5 million new trees
- Direct Seeded over 2500kms of seedlines
- Received assistance from over 4000 volunteers
A forest in the making – Photo: Paul Skeen
- Rate per volunteer hour calculated at $24.63 from information at www.outcommunity.com.au (4000 volunteers x 1.5 working days x 7.6 hrs/day x $24.63 = $1,123,128)
- Data derived from a 2004 Greening Australia Victoria Fact Sheet and the Wimmera Catchment Management Authority Data Catalog. Numbers are approximate only.