Working with Landcare
Landcare is a grass roots movement committed to addressing a broad range of natural resource management issues in a local context. Landcare volunteers seek to address local priorities (e.g. sustainable agricultural practice) through practical on ground actions relevant to local conditions. The Landcare movement encompasses a broad range of activities involving a broad range of community members, unified by common understanding that a healthy environment and community is firstly a local responsibility.
Landcare networks on the Northern Tablelands are not-for-profit organisations that foster community participation in sustainable natural resource management.
It's no wonder Landcare and Local Land Services have a long history of working together, delivering projects together and respecting each other's knowledge and experience.
The Landcare movement in this region has historically been very strong, particularly in delivering community-based projects. Landcare also champions best-practice land management for healthy ecosystems and sustainable agriculture.
Local Land Services represents a new era of regional service delivery and has seen a positive shift in its service offering and service delivery mechanism. Local Land Services is funded by ratepayers, the NSW and Australian Government, with investment in local Landcare networks being funded by the NSW and Australian Government.
Northern Tablelands Local Land Services is committed to supporting Landcare in the region as we still share the same goals and aim to reach the same communities.
We will invest more than $1 million over the next three years supporting Landcare networks on the Northern Tablelands and $1.2 million will be invested in community initiated projects.
Landcare are people
Landcare volunteers are people from all walks of life; rural and urban land managers, individuals, groups and families. Across Australia, there are approximately 6,000 volunteer Landcare groups tackling a broad range of environmental, agricultural and social issues relevant to their local area.
Landcare is action
Landcare activities are determined by local priorities, so a Landcare group may take on a name variation to reflect the local focus. Examples include Dunecare, Soilcare, Wetlandcare, Rivercare and Bushcare. Landcare activities include property and sub-catchment planning, soil conservation works, salinity remediation, revegetation and habitat restoration, weed and pest management.
Volunteer groups need support. Funding is provided to Landcare members and groups for on ground works (e.g. soil conservation measures) and to employ administrative and support staff for projects. Landcare Co-ordinators and Regional Landcare Facilitators have community support roles, including networking, referrals, coordination, facilitation, extension, planning and getting out on the ground with volunteers.
A Landcare network provides support services to the community (e.g. Landcare groups, members, non-members, schools) in their area of operation. Support services include administration, funding applications, project management, accounting and reporting. In the Northern Tablelands Local Land Services region, there are four Landcare networks.
Upper Gwydir Landcare Association (this Landcare network is supported through North West Local Land Services).
Landcare Network Chairs
The four Landcare networks operating across the Northern Tablelands Local Land Services region are represented on the New England North West Landcare Network Chairs.
Regional Landcare Facilitators
A Regional Landcare Facilitator (RLF) is an individual employed by Landcare, an industry group or a regional body to connect communities, government and industry in a given region. RLFs are enablers who facilitate regional natural resource management projects, support Landcare Coordinators and networks in the region to deliver support services to their community. New England North West Network Chairs employs a Regional Landcare Facilitator for the Northern Tablelands.
Christine Davis can be contacted at:
68 Church Street
PO Box 660
Glen Innes NSW 2370
Phone: (02) 6732 3443