RR Poster

As it is close to the 20th anniversary of our project we thought it would be nice to produce a poster highlighting just how much has changed at Moonambel. There is a ten year gap in these comparison photos, so to see how the different it is now you can use your imagination or even better visit the hill at Moonambel. Enjoy.


Covid 19 compliance assistance for Moonambel visitors

Due to the covid19 situation and because several people, families and friends have expressed a desire to spend time at Moonambel in the next couple of months especially around the school holiday period we will be keeping a log of attendee numbers. This will hopefully keep us safe and complying with current restrictions. So if you intend to visit the Moonambel land please phone Paul O’Connor who will be keeping the log. Mob. 0473365334 

Hugging friends on the land will be off-limits although hugging trees is still permitted and even encouraged.


We have plants for Moonambel

We have plants that were propagated for the postponed May planting ready to go if anyone feels like a visit to the hill in the near future. First twelve going in today.

You can pick some up at 30 Greenhill Avenue, Castlemaine or if coming from elsewhere we will drop some up at Moonambel to be there before you. Call 0422 169 406 to arrange.

Sid Larwill

May weekend postponed because of Covid19

Due to the Covid19 restrictions the planned May weekend will be postponed until further notice. We at ReSource Rica would like to express our hope that you, your family and friends stay safe and healthy during these trying times. May the the only fever you experience is a small dose of cabin fever.


Exciting news on the possibility of expanding the ReSource RICA project.

everl crop

The land has always given. All forms of life benefit from its generosity, creating complex eco-systems and diversity. The benefits have flowed to us all, but if not cared for, the benefits received become a trickle. Over the decades the land around Moonambel has given up its timber, been overgrazed by stock and even yielded its minerals. We have fragmented the landscape, depleted nutrients, caused massive erosion, raised the salinity and reduced bio-diversity. Through ReSource RICA we believe we can revive some of this land, enabling it to give much more again. The project at Moonambel aims to to create a wildlife corridor between the Pyrenees Ranges and Kara Kara National Park which will re-introduce habitat, a haven for species under pressure and places where all can experience and be a part of the beauty and diversity of healthier interdependent ecosystems and communities.

An ancient Greek proverb says “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” Most will see the wisdom of this saying but the enjoyment of shade and the other diverse rewards offered by tree-planting will come sooner if one starts when young. Current participants are already experiencing the fellowship of like-minded people as they plant trees and effectively help to rehabilitate land that has been degraded.

Over the years participants have formed a special connection to the land and surrounding area and many have watched family and children grow to also develop a strong affinity with the Moonambel area. Members, supporters and friends of the group have enjoyed getting their hands dirty, sharing great social gatherings, quiet meditative times on the hill and reaping the ongoing physical and spiritual rewards of seeing their efforts come to fruition. We think such a great experience is worth sharing and extending to others.

So we are pleased to report that several non-members have shown an interest in initiating a similar project inspired by and based on ReSource RICA’s efforts.

For this reason we have begun exploring the possibility of starting a side or umbrella project for the group. Ideally we would be looking for an adjacent or nearby property. Although the new project will not be age-limited it will likely involve people that are younger than most current members. In this way it can be seen as an extension or continuance of our project but also give new participants a voice and perhaps an independent stake in the process. Due to our government”s lack of action on climate change and a recent heightened awareness in the community about the urgency of such issues, we believe that the timing is right.

Note that there are likely to be gatherings, meetings, reconnaissance parties and such like in the next few months. We will endeavour to keep all those who are interested well informed. A good way to stay informed is to become an email subscriber on this website, any new posts announcing happenings and events will generate an email alert.

Where to from here?

As we near our 20 year anniversary we are looking toward the next horizon.  We are proud of what we have achieved with the Moonambel property.  We plan to expand and build on our experience and success so far by:

  • continuing our work at the Moonambel property: further revegetation, weed/pest control, mitigating the effects of erosion, on-going implementation of our management plan and on-going engagement with the indigenous custodians and wider community,
  • buying a new property suitable for our revegetation works; or collaborating with an existing landowner to bring our experience, willing hands and philosophy to the revegetation of their land, 
  • expanding our membership to grow the momentum of our work on the ground and to provide the energy needed to expand,
  • providing a meaningful opportunity for people to be involved in hands-on work planting trees in the ground, restoring degraded land as a small but meaningful and practical antidote to Australian Government’s inaction on climate change,
  • continuing our work to connect existing native vegetation reserves and remnants in the landscape by extensive restoration and revegetation of degraded sites, 
  • having fun, enjoying the landscapes, flora, fauna and diversity of thriving and re-emerging interdependent ecosystems.       

PhilM/Sid Larwill

sausages + cake = happiness


We are having another fund-raiser sausage-sizzle and cake stall on Saturday the 14th of March in Mostyn Street Castlemaine. Last time we raised around 700 dollars which was very helpful in allaying some of our yearly costs. Previous experience points to cakes, especially cupcakes being the key to maximising profits so if you can donate some time or cake to the effort it will be greatly appreciated. Please contact Cheryl at billgrant@bigpond.com if you can assist in anyway.


October weekend 2019

We just completed another very pleasant weekend at Moonambel. The dam was full and some areas of the hill were still very green for this time of year. A lot of time was spent going on walks and surveying the conditions on the hill. One highlight was the discovery of our first known native orchids on the land, a pair of Donkey Orchids about 30 meters apart on the western slope to the dam flat.

One member was on a mission this weekend and beavered away all Saturday rebuilding the internal structure of the shed’s west wall which had been severely damaged a few years ago by termites. Well done Puck.

Our AGM took place on the Saturday arvo, we coasted through the formalities and then discussed some exciting plans for the next year or two, more info to come. Also there have been minimal changes to the committee.

We have had a poor response to our plea for 50 dollar donations. We know people are busy and it is easy to forget such things but please keep it in mind.

If anyone has photos of the weekend that they would like to put on the site please email them to me. I’m sure someone has a better photo of the orchards than the one I took.


Important Notices: October weekend date move and AGM.

Please note that our October working weekend has been moved back a week to the weekend of 12/13. This is partly to ensure that it doesn’t clash with the tail end of the school holidays. Please get the word around. This is likely be a permanent move so in future the official date will be the second week of October. The other on the first weekend of May remains the same.

Also our AGM will be held on Sunday morning of the 13th at around 10.00 am. As a matter of principle and in the interest of inclusiveness and participation we need to be open to renewal so we encourage formalising memberships and accepting new nominations for the committee.

We only have about 20 plants to put in so some of our attention will be on weeds and identifying problem areas. With the change to October last year we got to experience some sunny weather and a warmish night. So please get along if you can.


Yearly Top Up


Three years ago we introduced an annual voluntary contribution of 50 dollars per member/supporter to help with our yearly costs. Last year we were a bit complacent and let it pass without soliciting donations.  The funds are used to pay for our yearly shire rates, maintenance costs, plants and other associated expenses, all money well spent. In related good news our yearly rates have been reduced to about 50% due to us becoming a covenanted property but our funds our now at a critical low level so any help will be greatly appreciated. Coming up soon we will also be having a fund-raising sausage sizzle in Castlemaine. (more information to come)

You can make your contribution by direct debiting to our account:

ReSource RICA Inc
Bendigo Bank BSB 633 000
Account 1131 600 48

In the description write your name or “contribution”. We do not have tax deductibility status. We will send you an email confirming we have received your contribution.

You can also make a donation in person if you attend the upcoming October working weekend. For those who haven’t been coming to recent weekends at Moonambel think of the petrol money you have saved, I can’t think of a better way to spend it.

Artwork: Andy Warhol’s Nine Dollars

A call to arms – Autumn planting reprise

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our English dead.
In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility:
But when the blast of climate change blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger;
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,
Disguise fair nature with hard-favour’d rage;
Then lend the eye a terrible aspect;
Let pry through the portage of the head
Like the brass cannon; let the brow o’erwhelm it
As fearfully as doth a galled rock
O’erhang and jutty his confounded base,
Swill’d with the wild and wasteful rising ocean.
Now set the teeth and stretch the nostril wide,
Hold hard the breath and bend up every spirit
To his full height. On, on, you noblest Resource RICAns.
Whose blood is fet from fathers of war-proof!
Fathers that, like so many Alexanders,
Have in these parts from morn till even planted
And sheathed their mattocks for lack of more seedlings from Francis:
Dishonour not your mothers; now attest
That those whom you call’d fathers did beget you.
Be copy now to men of grosser blood,
And teach them how to war. And you, good yeoman,
Whose limbs were made in Aireys, show us here
The mettle of your pasture; let us swear
That you are worth your breeding; which I doubt not;
For there is none of you so mean and base,
That hath not noble lustre in your eyes.
I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,
Straining upon the start. The game’s afoot:
Follow your spirit, and upon this charge
Cry ‘God for Resource RICA, and Saint Thorold!’
Sunday June 2nd.  Resource RICA Autumn planting reprisal.  127 seedlings.  Many hands.  Light work.  10:30 the mattocks start swinging.  4:00 we stand above the empty polystyrene boxes and empty seedling pots and raise a glass to all that is good.
Call, email Sid with queries.  0422 169 406, slarwill@aapt.net.au