Held in Stockton, Newcastle the Local Landcare Coordinator Initiative Induction and Workshop, which ran from Monday 21st to Wednesday 23rd March, was designed to induct the newly appointed local Landcare coordinators and outline the role they will play in their communities.

Under the NSW Government’s 2015-2019 Landcare Support Program ($15 million funding) the NSW Government and Landcare NSW established the Local Landcare Coordinator Initiative – a network of 66 part-time Local Coordinators hosted by community organisations to support volunteer activity across NSW.

Mr. Rob Dulhunty, Chair, Landcare NSW said that the event had been an excellent start to the program, “I see the Local Landcare Coordinator Initiative as the catalyst for a resurgence of Landcare in NSW – over these few days so many people have remarked to me what an exciting time it is to be part of Landcare.”

“As an ‘old hand’ in Landcare, I want to remind everyone that the training and information sessions on planning, reporting and strategies are very helpful, we must not forget the magic of Landcare is that people draw on their intrinsic motivation to participate.”

David Henderson, Southern New England Landcare Board member

Local Landcare Coordinator Initiative was established to support the network of hard-working volunteers in local communities who manage and restore the natural environment, improve the sustainability of agricultural production and build the resilience of communities.

“It was inspirational to see the depth of experience, expertise and passion in Landcare. As a new coordinator, the welcome and support I have received from the volunteers involved in Landcare on the North Coast where I will be based has been outstanding. It has made me realise that I can achieve things locally while being part of a statewide network, and that this is a movement I can be part of for life.”

Logan Zingus, Nambucca Valley Landcare

Share, learn and connect was the theme of a series of speakers and workshops designed to help to develop participants’ skills in understanding people and community organisations, facilitation and media as well as communicating the Landcare story to the broader community.

State Landcare Coordinator with Landcare NSW, Sonia Williams, noted that the connections that people formed at the workshop will provide peer support and information sharing opportunities to improve the results achieved on the ground over the next three years.

“The energy and atmosphere of the meeting took me back to an earlier era when I was a new Landcare coordinator in Victoria, the sense of enthusiasm, the opportunities ahead …  There exists at the moment a great  opportunity for partnership between LLS and Landcare, to work together to build trust at the local  and regional scale.”

Erlina Compton, GM Western LLS

For media release about event click here