Project Platypus was established in 1994 when it became obvious that the huge land and water degradation problems in the area were too extensive to be managed by individual landholders and Landcare groups. Project Platypus acts as an umbrella organisation for the eleven Landcare groups of the Upper Wimmera Catchment to deliver large scale projects.
Project Platypus is a non-for-profit community group governed by a Board comprising representatives of the Upper Wimmera Landcare groups and managed by a small team of staff based in Stawell, Victoria.
Vibrant and connected Landcare communities that are part of a sustainable agricultural system in a landscape, biologically linked to improving diversity.
To work in partnership with the Landcare community to improve the environmental health of the Upper Wimmera Catchment while maintaining and improving productivity.
what we do:
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. We undertake 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.
where we are located:
Our office is located at 11a Ararat Road, Stawell Victoria 3380.
The Project Platypus Board is the heart of the organisation. Whilst the manager has responsibility for the day to day operations, the Board members guide the organisation’s activities and provide strategic direction and priorities. The Board is made up of Landcare Group representatives with a range of experience, skills and local knowledge. The elected board from October 2020:
- Ange Turrell (Jallukar Landcare)
- Ben Hughes, Treasurer (Concongella Landcare)
- Leanne Jackman (Northern Grampians Landcare)
- Michael Greene (Elmhurst Landcare)
- Ian Nicholson (Stawell Urban Landcare)
- Mark McKew, Secretary (Crowlands -Warrak Landcare)
- Joel Boyd (Wimmera Catchment Management representative)
- Clive Carlyle, Chairperson (Jallukar Landcare)
- Peter Start (Crowlands – Warrak Landcare)
- Jess Gardner (Jallukar Landcare)
- Allistair Stephens (Manager)
There are two subcommittees with Project Platypus made up of Project Platypus staff, agency staff and community representatives who’s role is to contribute to the planning, implementation and evaluation of projects.
These sub-committees include;
- Sponsorship subcommittee
- Executive subcommittee