Barkers Creek Landcare & Wildlife Group

Barkers Creek Landcare & Wildlife are a group of local residents passionate about protecting and restoring our natural environment, and building our sense of belonging to the Barkers Creek community in which we live. We are now into our third decade and going strong. Learn more …

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General enquiries

Hi! We’d love to hear from you.

If you have a general enquiry, please get in touch using this email form. If you’d like to become a member, please fill out the membership application form instead.

Our Landcare group is now in its 3rd decade. We're not just a group that gets together once a month and pulls out a few weeds. We're a community of people who enjoy spending time together.

Membership application

Come and join us and help make a difference!

If you’d like to become a member of Barkers Creek Landcare please complete this form and we’ll be in touch.

Yearly Membership Fees

Annual membership fees are due upon joining, or January of each year for renewal of existing membership.

Payment methods

Working Bees

We meet at 9.30am on the fourth Sunday of every month and finish by noon.

Working Bee locations are posted on our facebook page, and emailed to our members one week beforehand.

Barkers Creek

Meet our Exec


Daryl Colless


Daryl bought his lovely 10 acres and built his house in 2000 whilst still working in Melbourne (Northcote to be precise).  He has been involved in the Barkers Creek Landcare & Wildlife Group ever since.

It is a great community of people and we are achieving some wonderful environmental outcomes. One day maybe someone will put their hand up to take over being president … but I’m not holding my breath. The thing is, I am retired and love doing it anyway.

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Phil Munari

Vice President

Phil moved back to central Victoria with his family in 2010 and settled in Barkers Creek. They joined Landcare as a way to meet and work with like minded local volunteers to clean up, improve and maintain the local environment.  Phil become Vice President in 2015. By day Phil is a project manager in the Australian Renewable energy industry.

The group has made real progress in a number of locations around Barkers Creek, and contributing to this progress whenever we are able is something my whole family enjoys.


Lois Denham


My husband and I brought our 8 acre bush block in 2017. It was our place to retire to, a workshop for him and a studio space for me. The land is recovering from having been dug up for gold in the 1900s. We knew Daryl from his work in Northcote and he was very enthusiastic about the block, saying it was in relatively good shape. He encouraged us to join Landcare so we could learn more about it. I have always been a keen garden and I wanted to make sure that whatever planting or gardening we did would not have a negative impact on the bush.

Joining Landcare has provided us with a strong connection to the local community and with skills and resources to better manage our bush block. It has provided us with information about weed management and through Connecting Country, which sponsors Landcare, information about managing our bush and planting missing species.

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Margaret Olerton


Margaret moved to Barkers Creek from Melbourne in 1996 with her husband, to start a family and live the country life. Their neighbours encouraged them to join the Landcare group. Her husband became the Vice President, and Margaret the Secretary until 2011, when she took on the Treasurer’s role. 

Over the years the members of our Landcare Group have not only done some wonderful work in cleaning up, restoring and revegetating large areas of Barkers Creek, but they have also been supportive, generous and fun people to work alongside and socialise with.