ARARAT - The Ararat and Langi Kal Kal Landmate crews have received a boost in the form of a donation of equipment from Project Platypus.
Project Platypus has donated a variety of equipment to assist the Landmate crews with their work across the region.
Landmate has been a very valuable program in regional Victorian communities for more than 20 years and sees teams of prisoners from Ararat and Langi Kal Kal prisons going out into the community carrying out environmental and agricultural work.
Over the years, Landmate participants have taken part in fence building and mending, large-scale tree planting, weed removal and other activities of benefit to nearby communities and the environment.
Landmate crews have also been on hand to assist in the flood emergencies which have devastated parts of Victoria over the past three years.
Project Platypus is a community based Landcare network working in the Upper Wimmera Catchment supporting Landcare groups and landholders across the region to improve catchment health. It undertakes a substantial amount of works including landcare support, revegetation, protection of remnant vegetation, erosion control works, invasive plant and animal control, project management, hosting environmental and sustainable agriculture events and other environmental services.
The working relationship between the Landmate crew at Ararat Prison and Project Platypus is ideal to achieve the crew's daily tasks and have included tree planting and guarding, revegatation fencing such as water ways, gullies and hill sides, removal of old fence and constructing new fences after devastating fires and floods, rabbit control throughout the region for Elmhurst, Crowlands, Ararat, Pomonal and Warrak Landcare groups, removal of weeds by cutting and hand pulling, spraying of weeds such as Patersons Curse, Gorse and other noxious weeds and fire hazard removal.