The Southern Dandenongs Landcare Group was formed in August 2007 with the aim to protect and preserve the remnant vegetation of the southern section of the Dandenong Ranges, particularly in water catchments which are home to our locally threatened platypus populations. We house the headwaters of two of greater Melbourne's catchments, Monbulk and Muddy Creeks. Monbulk Creek is part of the Dandenong Creek catchment which empties into Port Philip Bay and Muddy Creek is part of the Cardinia Creek catchment of Westertnport Bay. The Dandenong Creek catchment is the traditional land of the Wurundjeri people. Cardinia Creek catchment is the traditional land of the Bunerong or Boon-wurrung people. Both groups belong to the five clans which make up the Kulin Nation of the greater Melbourne area.
Our mission is to engage and educate local residents in how to care for their increasingly threatened local bushland on private and public land and the very special creatures dependent on this bushland. We aim to enrich local community life and preserve our natural heritage for posterity. We also aim to create local employment in the natural resource management area wherever possible and seed other environmental and education groups which share our philosophy and objectives. Three local groups which were auspiced by SDLG are now fully independent are Belgrave Platypus, the Platypus Education Group and EEK! Environmental Education for Kids.
Southern Dandenongs Landcare Group has individual members as well as a network of 'Friends of' groups all working in the southern area of the Dandenong Ranges. Check the Friends Groups page for more information or to find a group that is working in an area near you. Contact us to find out how to set up a Friends group. Some groups work weekly, others monthly and some only twice a year - it's your call what you do to help and when you do it. Every little bit helps. We would love you to join us in our work by becoming a member.