Some organisations have a front row seat to the effects of climate change. Central Highlands Water believes that ‘protection of the environment and our natural resources, including our waterways, is a responsibility shared by all’. This is one essential services utility that is committed to doing its part.

Central Highlands Water has been encouraging the community to get involved in catchment management for many years. As part of this it runs a strong education program, maintains information in its many parks and managed gardens, and engages in practical land management activities to create a healthier environment.

Central Highlands Water has lately partnered with Fifteen Trees to strengthen its program with community tree planting projects. This year we’ve helped coordinate the planting of 540 trees at the Ross Creek Primary School, 400 at Leigh Creek and another 100 at the Linton Men’s’ Shed. All up 1040 trees for 3 significant Ballarat sites. Central Highlands Water also sponsored the tree guards to help these trees for their first growing year.


Site 1: Ross Creek Landcare


We have planted all of the trees. It took a while because of the COVID restrictions and the school couldn’t help with any of our planting days due to Education Department regulations. This site is a school wetlands project that had come to a halt for a number of reasons so it is great to get it up and running again. The school is very enthusiastic and will be looking for sponsorship again next year.

Thanks for all the help to Central Highlands Water and Fifteen Trees.

Trevor Barnett | Vice President | Ross Creek Landcare


Site 2a: Leigh Creek. The beautiful western skies over the Leigh Creek district.


These native plants, shrubs and trees were integrated into current projects where numerous landholders are protecting and enhancing remnant vegetation by planting indigenous trees.

Thank you to Central Highlands Water for your support of our native environment.

Nick McKinley | Coordinator | Leigh Creek Landcare


Site 2b: Leigh Creek. Carolyn Barrie and CHW’s trees.



A significant part of our building program is the creation of an area of leafy beauty, a gathering spot for the local community. The trees and native shrubs will add so much value to the existing area. We want to attract native birds and insects to our garden. The local Linton community are right behind this project.

Community gardens are great for the environment, they contribute to biodiversity of species and help to support populations of pollinators. They also provide an inclusive and safe meeting space where people of all ages and cultural backgrounds can come together to share experiences and knowledge. This is a key part of the overall project as it will involve bringing schoolchildren down to the garden where they can work with men and women of all ages.

Special thank you to Central Highlands Water for your generous contribution of 100 native plants. We hope these kinds of associations are able to continue into the future and when our Community Garden is up and running, people from all walks of life will benefit from the goods produced and the enjoyment had.

Michael Hough | President | Linton and District Men’s Shed


Site 3: Linton Men’s Shed.


It’s a truism that if you have a connection with something, you’re more likely to take care of it. Central Highlands Water wholeheartedly understands this principle, and we love its community-based approach to education and sustainability. The kids at Ross Creek, landholders at Leigh Creek, along with the good folk of the Linton Men’s Shed, will nurture and enjoy those trees for many years to come. And in caring for their tiny forests they’ll be doing their part to provide a healthy catchment and clean, safe water for us all to enjoy.

If you are also interested in how your business and Fifteen Trees could work together, contact Melinda at <[email protected]> and ask for a no obligation proposal.


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