Hovells Creek Landcare has nearly 100 members and is a family-farm based, not for profit community group located in the central west region of New South Wales Australia, approximately 40 km to the south east of the regional town of Cowra and approximately 300km to the west of Sydney. The properties on which the members of the Hovells Creek Landcare Group live and work are generally bounded by the Lachlan River and Wyangala Dam to the north and east, the Boorowa River catchment to the west and the Frogmore to the south.
To date, members have fenced 29 km of waterway, fenced 150 ha of remnant vegetation (to exclude domestic livestock) and planted 55,000 native trees and shrubs since 1996. Recently the group developed a regional biodiversity and conservation management plan. The group also holds on-property field days (for 20 – 50 participants) and regional visits for members and associates. Members have undertaken property mapping, vegetation connectivity plans, NSW DPI facilitated Landscan, Prograze, Paddock Plants and LCMA facilitated Holistic Management, Pasture Cropping and Cell Grazing training programs. Many members have also had cat-dogging undertaken, searching for feral cats, annually undertake group fox-baiting activities. The group has successfully managed three National Heritage Trust grants, four Community Action Grants and coordinated several LLS funded projects on member properties and public land and a NSW Environment Trust Restoration and Rehabilitation grant. Meetings are held bi-monthly and are regularly attended by expert guest speakers.
- NSW DPIE Saving Our Superb Parrot project (multi-partner collaborative project)
- FRRR Tackling Tough Times Together project – Managing Dry Times
- CT LLS Streambank and Gully erosion mitigation project
- Communities Environment Program – Wyangala/Hovells Creek Serrated Tussock Control project
- Grazing Cluster Group – in collaboration with Mid Lachlan Landcare (Growing the Grazing Revolution