Keeping grass green

Agronomist Lisa Warn at the workshop.

Twenty-five local landholders from the Yarra Valley attended the first in a series of four sustainable property management workshops on Saturday 11 May, at Yeringberg.

Agronomist Lisa Warne delivered information on grass species, carrying capacity and feeding stock.

The De Purey family at Yeringberg, fifth generation farmers in the Yarra Valley, hosted the workshop.

Yarra Ranges Landcare Network organised the event and was supported through a Yarra Ranges Council Community Grant.

“There is considerable interest in the Coldstream-Gruyere area to reform the Gruyere Landcare Group – previously running in the area,” Landcare facilitator Anne Fitzpatrick said.

“Landcare is a grass-roots community driven movement in its 35th year.

“The workshop on Saturday brought people together who want to know more about managing their land in a sustainable way.

“Landcare is a lot about networking and creating community, whilst seeking funding and guidance to improve land management.”

Anyone interested in joining Landcare in the Yarra Ranges can email Anne at or visit

The second workshop in the series, Dam Management, will be held on Sunday 23 June in Macclesfield.

Online registrations will open mid-May.