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Barung Landcare Legends
10 Dec 2009
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One of a series of PlaceStories made possible by the Queensland Government to celebrate Q150 by recognising some of Queensland's Landcare Legends. Barung Landcare is this year celebrating 20 years since its establishment in 1989 . Barung sits in the headwaters of four major river systems in the Blackall Range in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Based in Maleny, Barung Landcare is a leading community-based organisation working to develop ethical solutions for a sustainable future. Barung support local and regional community empowerment to conserve and enhance the rich diversity of natural resources of the Blackall Range and the surrounding area.

With more than 750 members, Barung has now consolidated its reputation as one of the most successful Landcare groups in Queensland, Australia and internationally. Barung Landcare is an established part of the social fabric of the vibrant Maleny community - working tirelessly to ensure the sustainability of the natural resources of the region for the future. The dedication of Barung's staff and volunteer Management Committees has led the group to many successes over the years . • Barung landcare has achieved extensive on-ground works on both public and private lands resulting in greater awareness of local flora and fauna, improved water quality and better environmental practices. • For example the Obi Board Walk Project an ongoing project that aims to establish 11 000 local native trees, shrubs and grasses on Obi Obi Creek upstream from the Maleny Weir

• Barung has also established a competitive, self-sustaining and educational local native plant nursery providing over 1.5 million local provenance native trees for the local area.

• Barung is also the organiser of the Maleny Wood Expo- one of the Sunshine Coast's premier tourism events running for the 13th year in 2009 as well as this Barung host the annual Bunya Dreaming Festival at Lake Baroon thus helping to continue an important indigenous tradition.

• Barung has also achieved a high standard of environmental extension for local landholders gaining community and regional volunteer support valued at well over $250 000 per year.

• Internationally, Barung has been involved in setting up landcare in the Philippines in partnership with AusAid and ACIAR

In challenging times for landcare groups Barung continues to adapt and find innovative new ways of pursuing its goal of producing the best Landcare outcomes for the community with the most effective investment of time, effort and money. They are truly Landcare Legends.

Comments (1)
ycally37 Mon, 22 Feb 2010 5:18pm

Hay good post and ideas keep it up! ccsp