The East Otway Landcare group was formed when members of the local community wanted to be involved in “on-ground” works. They were concerned about environmental issues that they could see in the Deans Marsh, Pennyroyal and Bambra areas.
Environmental concerns were gully erosion, tunnel erosion, stream erosion, salinity, landslips, wetland protection, weed & vermin control, water quality and preservation of remnant bushland along the four main creeks i.e. the Deans Marsh creek, the Pennyroyal creek, Retreat creek and the Yan Yan Gurt creek. Providing a wildlife corridor from the Otways to the Barwon river to help the tree decline was another aim.
East Otway Landcare group projects include:
Bambra Wetlands – a community project revegetating a crownland area on the Retreat creek;
Yan Yan Gurt creek – a catchment approach to reduce erosion and create a wildlife corridor from the bush to the Barwon river;
Connection, preservation and enrichment of remnant bush at Bambra; and
Deans Marsh creek – stabilising the stream bank and providing a wildlife corridor.