WMLIG partners with and supports a number of local groups and organisations through the Community Support Officer role, fulfilled by Roger Knight. This role ended in 2018 but collaboration with these groups is intended to continue for many years to come.
Central Murray Bestwool Bestlamb
The group was established in 2011 to service sheep producers in the Central Murray region in southern NSW and Northern Victoria. The Central Murray BestWool BestLamb group is part of the BestWool BestLamb network, supported by the Victorian Government of Primary Industries and Australian Wool Innovation Limited. BestWool BestLamb is a program which facilitates practice change via appropriate learning activities delivered to a large network of producers, coordinators and groups. Members meet regularly for facilitated discussions, farm walks, training workshops and information sessions aimed at improving business profitability. They are encouraged to identify key issues and the best learning approaches to assist them to reach their individual business goals. CONTACT: Rick Ellis on 0428 372 357
The Moulamein Cropping Group was established to provide agricultural extension and deliver cropping research relevant to the Moulamein area. The group is made up of farmers and advisors who are interested in maximising crop productivity within the local region. Areas of interest for the group involve the use of irrigation water restricted to autumn availability and alternate industry options that suit crop production under high yield situations.
Murrakool Land for Wildlife
Land for Wildlife is a voluntary property registration scheme that encourages and supports landholders to manage their property for wildlife habitat. The group circulate information to regional members and sponsors nature walks, field days and projects ranging from movement cameras and nesting boxes in local schools, to wildlife surveys and brochures. Registration is free and does not alter the legal status of a property. CONTACT: Stephen Coats on 0408 005 077
The Young Country Networkers was established in 2015 as an inclusive group for all members of the community within the Wakool Shire and surrounds, aged 18-45 to connect, drive and do. Our aim is to connect with other like minded people in the wider community to hold professional and social networking events for Wakool and surrounds. To be the driver of a collaborative voice for the younger generation in our community by actively engaging and supporting community and increase personal development, innovation, social capital and connectedness for the younger generation
Barham Landcare aims to improve knowledge and appreciation of local native plants and is dedicated to the enhancement of the 10 hectare Federation Botanical Reserve on East Barham Road. The Reserve was planted in 1999 and has over 125 species of plants endemic to the local area. For the twitchers, 130+ species of birds have been recorded at the site. The reserve is user friendly with walking tracks, interpretive signage and toilet facilities. Barham Landcare meets on the last Tuesday of each month and holds routine working bees (or social networking and exercise programs). CONTACT: Alan Mathers on 0427 209 806
Barapa Barapa Land and Water Landcare
Barapa Barapa Land & Water Landcare Group was established in 2016 on Barapa Barapa country in northern Victoria and southern NSW as an across-border Landcare group. The group is dedicated to natural resource management, cultural heritage protection, education and engagement in traditional land management practices. CONTACT: Debrah Webster on 0417 639 058
The club collects, restores and exhibits the historical development of farm machinery, engines and other artefacts used by the farming community along the Murray Darling Basin. The Border Flywheelers Club Heritage Museum was established in 1995 with the main objective to collect, restore, record and exhibit the historical development of artefacts used by the farming community. The club has an extensive display in their museum and encourage everyone to visit. The museum is housed in the J.R. Jamieson & Co Brickworks building. A number of items have been carefully restored to their original working condition, while others are as they were found. Event activities are outlined on their website
Edward Wakool Angling Association
The Edward Wakool Angling Association represents the collective interests of Angling Clubs in the Western Murray Catchment of NSW associated with the Edward and Wakool Rivers and related floodplain and creek complex. Our aim is to exchange information between community groups and government agencies to provide strategic input into:
A cross border angling club based in Barham that promotes recreational fishing, restocking and community engagement in science and conservation. Previous conservation research activities have been in genetic analysis and population structure assessment of Freshwater Catfish in the Barham Lake, and translocation of catfish from the Barham Lakes to other refuge areas. The group has been involved in Murray Crayfish translocation and is currently planning a Murray Cray citizen science project to monitor the population and raise community awareness.
Koondrook Perricoota Alliance
A community reference group formed after the construction of the Koondrook Perricoota Forest Flood Enhancement Project, the groups formed from the amalgamation of the Joint Indigenous Group (JIG) and the Community Operation and Planning Assessment Committee (COPAC). The group is provides input into environmental water delivery and coordinates landholder liason regarding downstream flow constraints and infrastructure considerations.
Wakool River Association
A group representing the interests of landholders that live along the Wakool River. The group recently developed a multimedia package (DVD and pamphlet) titled An Inland Delta: A Geological History of the Wakool System’.
Wakool Landholders Association
A landholder representative group in the Wakool District of NSW. Members are predominantly irrigators, and water is supplied from Murray Irrigation Limited and the Wakool, Niemur and Edward Rivers. The group have recently manufactured a water trailer promoting a modern irrigation farm to help support farm planning and management of water in a sustainable way for both the environment and productive outcomes. The Water trailer is available free of charge to community members, such as local schools and community groups for education purposes.