• Upper River Torrens Landcare Group

    Since 1989, the Upper River Torrens Landcare Group (URTLG) has engaged the Upper Torrens community in local action environmental activities. The objectives of the URTLG are:

    1. To promote and encourage community involvement in catchment management through information sharing, practical demonstration and the implementation of on ground works.
    2. To enhance the natural biodiversity of the Upper River Torrens catchment and adjacent regions by assisting the community to identify, conserve, protect and increase regional native vegetation.
    The URTLG Committee has decided to allocate $10,000 for onground works for the financial year 2019/20, to assist approved property owners with projects that meet our guidelines. An Expression of Interest ( and Guidelines to assist your application) can be downloaded.

  • Upper River Torrens Landcare Group

    Welcome to the Upper River Torrens Landcare Group (URTLG). We have been engaging the community in Landcare issues in the Upper River Torrens Catchment since 1989.

     

    The Objective of the Upper River Torrens Landcare Group Inc. is to promote and encourage community involvement in catchment management through information sharing, practical demonstrations and implementation of on ground works.

     

    If you:

    Live, work or have connections in the Upper Torrens Catchment

    [Mt. Pleasant, Birdwood, Mt. Torrens, Gumeracha or Forreston]

     

    Have an interest in protecting the land and the environment, native flora, fauna and their habitat?

    Enjoy practical outdoor activities?

    Value your community and how it looks?

    Wish to contribute towards maintaining and improving the Upper Torrens with a sustainability focus?

    Want to share your hopes and thoughts for the future with others?

     

    Are you a:

    Primary Producer, Hobby Farmer, Student, Teacher, Business,

    Volunteer, Supporter, or friend of the environment?
     

    Then become a URTLG member today!

     

    Members are invited to participate in URTLG meetings, working bees and have access to a range of educational material produced by, or held by the group.

    We also have available specialist tools to assist members with their own landcare activities.

     

    The URTLG Committee will provide an amount of $10,000 to support on ground works for approved applicants for the financial year 2019/20. An Expression of Interest (EOI) form and Guidelines to assist your application can be downloaded.

     

  • Upper River Torrens Catchment Map

  • Contact Us

    132 Melrose Street
    Mount Pleasant SA 5235
    PO Box 418
    Birdwood, SA 5234
  • Meetings, Community Events and Working Bees

    Horses and native grasses
    Free walk and talk session
    6.30 pm Tues 26 Nov 2019

    Mt Pleasant Oval

    Controlling woody weeds in a watercourse Field Day

    When: Saturday 14 December, 2019
    Time: 9-11.30am Venue: TBA

    Please read the Upper River Torrens Landcare Group Newsletter

    Plenty of educational content, hope you enjoy it.

    January Newsletter

    July Newsletter

    Next meeting will be the Annual General Meeting

     

    17th November 2019 being held at the

    Gumeracha Communinty Centre from 11 until 2

    Everyone is welcome and lunch will be provided

     

    Guest speaker will be Dr Jenny Guerin whose topic will be:

    “Saving SAs native orchids and other native plant species”

     

    Rabbit Control Workshop held 9th September 2019

    Josh Rosser, Rabbit Control Co-ordinator, PIRSA led an interested group of Landcarers through the Rabbit Control programme to release the latest Calicivirus (K5) in and around Mt Pleasant. Landholders participated in an intensive 2 hours session to understand the importance of the free feeds and learnt how to undertake a successful release. As with all pest and plant animal control, integrated management is the key, there is no silver bullet, however recent statistics from this latest virus are indicating a 40% reduction in rabbits across the areas of release. Follow up control will be completed late summer with those not affected by K5, treated with Pindone.

    For further information, please contact Kim Thompson on 0438 639 353.

     

    Below are some photos the preparation of the virus for distribution to local farmers.

    Preparing the virus for distribution

     

     

  • History

    The Upper Torrens Land Management Project

    In 1998 the Upper River Torrens Landcare Group formed a partnership with the Barossa Council and the Adelaide Hills Council to form the Upper Torrens Land Mmanagement Project (UTLMP). Since then, the UTLMP has assisted over 250 landowners to improve their properties and income by addressing issues such as: soil erosion, salinity and acidity, pasture establishment and/or improvement, fencing for dams and watercourses, re-vegetation with native trees and shrubs, protection of native flora and fauna, creation of habitat for birds and native animals, and the maintenance of creeks and watercourses.

    Read more?

  • Membership

    Membership is open to:

    • all persons who reside in  or own property in the catchment area or near environs, and
    • a body corporate situated within the catchment area or near environs through the nomination of a single representative, and
    • other persons who have demonstrated interest in the natural environment and catchment.

    Membership is subject to the payment of a membership fee and is due annually in November, coinciding with our Annual General Meeting.

     

    Members are to abide by the rules of the Group (Constitution is available on request) and to act in the interests of the catchment.

     

    You can download a membership form here and post to URTLG, PO Box 418, Birdwood, SA 52

  • Publications

    Produced by the Upper River Torrens Landcare Group

    Analysis data of fresh pasture samples of the grasses used in the Information Sheet above.

  • Volunteers in Action