The Mitta Valley Landcare Group engaged Anna Turner of the Charles Sturt University to do a project researching frogs in the Mitta Valley from November 2019 and it concluded in February 2021. Of particular interest was the Southern Bell Frog during the survey phase.
Recently, both Simon Feillafe, MVLG Facilitator and Anna Turner visited 9 properties over two nights, again, our elusive Bell frog was not seen, but based on conversations was well spread around the Mitta 30 plus years ago.
Please click HERE to read the project report on what was found in the Mitta Valley.
The Victorian Government has been working on a Victorian Deer Control Strategy as a direct result of the many consultations from across Victoria from local communities like ours.
Mitta Valley Landcare hosted a number of community meetings and our findings along with many other communities like ours, were fed up to the Victorian Government who have addressed our concerns in the following paper. There is a link to the actual strategy as well as public feedback received.
LINK to the Victoria’s first Deer Control Strategy
LINK to the public feedback received on the draft strategy.
This past year has been a very quiet one due to COVID19 keeping recreational hunters away over the April to September periods when we see most activity. However established deer harvesters are moving in the community. Again, we have continued to monitor opportunities to be involved in the deer space with the ultimate aim of making a difference to our community.
It is noted that deer activity seems to have lessened, they are there but due to consistent hunting over a period of years many are more wary of wandering to far into farmland and farmers changing their own practices. We are seeing more farmers erecting Deer proof fencing but it seems limited cost being a big factor.
The local Harvesters that supply the commercial businesses are well established and accepted by the local community. Simon Feillafe provided an up-date on Deer and the deer harvesting initiative and how it is working in our community, the article was published in the Bush n Bull and is also available on our website.
Externally I continue to represent the Mitta Valley Landcare Group at regional level The meetings involve many government and regional Landcare groups to discuss developments in this space. Again due to COVID only one meeting was scheduled for March 2 this year as a Post Fire Deer Forum in Wangaratta. Due to COVID restrictions on movement hitting at the same time I did not attend this meeting so am unsure if it in fact went ahead. Last year I reported that we were awaiting the final report from the Victorian State Government on what initiatives they are prepared to back to help landholders with this problem . This report has now arrived and can be viewed on-line on our website under News articles on the Homepage.