“The creek reserve runs through the heart of our community, it is every present. Being able to contribute to the local environment has been a wonderful experience. We have a very active group with an enthusiastic membership.”
Anne moved to Campbells Creek in early 2018 and joined the group shortly thereafter. The property Anne and her partner purchased sits adjacent to Campbells Creek and they have the pleasure of seeing the creek bubble along and hearing the many birds and frogs that reside there. Weed management around this part of the creek was a concern and the Friends of Campbells Creek assisted in dealing with the pervasive weed manifestation in this local area. Anne has enjoyed participating in the working bees and special events and learnt a lot from other members of the group along the way.
“Friends of Campbells Creek have a been welcoming and inclusive group. It is a pleasure to be able to contribute to the improvement of the environment around the Creek and to see the fruits of extensive past efforts to revegetate a once degraded landscape. I look forward to future projects as we move from weed management to revegetation.”
Terry joined the Friends of Campbells Creek in 2015, after relocating to Castlemaine from a property on the Loddon River at Glenlyon. He has been involved with Landcare for over 25 years and served on the board of the North Central CMA. He is a semi-retired environmental science consultant.
“It is a privilege to be a member of the Friends of Campbells Creek Landcare Group, which has achieved so much over the past 20 years in enhancing the environmental values of the Campbells Creek floodplain, following its devastation by gold dredging and subsequent years of neglect.”
Ian moved to Campbells Creek in 1990 and has family connections going back to the 1860s gold-rush era. He initiated restoration work along Castlemaine’s creeks in the mid-1980s and has been working ever since to improve the condition of them and the surrounding riparian land. With over 30 years of experience in revegetation and natural resource management, Ian is well placed to be our environmental officer. In 2017 Ian was awarded the Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award for Victoria in recognition of his work. Ian has been a huge part of the success of the friends group. His knowledge and passion for the environment and his keenness to share his knowledge and engage with others has brought many people together to further the cause.
“The Friends of Campbells Creek is one of the most vibrant landcare groups I’ve ever encountered. In the last twenty years, the group has achieved a dramatic transformation of what was previously a very degraded urban wasteland. Being involved in this has been one of the most satisfying experiences of my life”.
After a working life in Melbourne, Thea was delighted to move back to a country life. Her house overlooks Campbells Creek, and it was a natural step from admiring its bush and wildlife to joining a group devoted to their conservation. Thea has facilitated workshops, has been Treasurer, and is currently Secretary of the Landcare Group.
“Working with a like-minded group of people is an easy way of becoming part of a new community. The Friends are a generous, spirited group of people with diverse backgrounds and a wide range of skills.”
Miles moved to Castlemaine in 1994 and more recently to Campbells Creek with his young family when they joined the group. He is a former park ranger and has a passion for hollow dependent wildlife and people interacting with their environment.
After retirement David (and Thea) moved to Castlemaine in 2006, where Ian Higgins discovered them tackling weeds along the Creek. David has been President and Vice President of the Friends, is a life-member, and has helped to set directions and build our membership each year since then.
“We live next to the creek and every day we see people enjoying the creek-side trails and environment. The Friends are a great mix of people who we love working and socialising with. It’s so rewarding to see all ages, kids, and families involved, having fun, and the difference we’re making.”
The Friends Group is privileged to have the specialised expertise of the following members.
David has forty years experience in native vegetation management and revegetation. 25 years researching, developing and applying Direct Seeding of native vegetation. David is a former farmer and Greening Australia Technical Development Officer for Direct Seeding.
Geoff Williams and Melody Serena – Australian Platypus Conservancy
Geoff studied biology in the UK and previously has worked as an assistant director of Taronga Zoo and the director of Healesville Sanctuary. It was while working at Healesville, from 1988 to 1993, that he became enamoured of the platypus. In 1994, he and research biologist Dr Melody Serena co-founded the Australian Platypus Conservancy, a non-profit organisation dedicated to learning more about the platypus and rakali (or Australian water-rat) in the wild and working with government agencies and the broader community to protect these animals and their habitats. Geoff and Melody recently re-located to Campbells Creek and joined the group in 2019.