Partnerships are crucial to sustain a grassroots movement
Landcare has always had a strong partnership with the State government.
The value of Landcare to governments
- Economic: cost effective program delivery – estimates of the financial value leveraged range from $2.60 to $7.00 for every dollar invested.
- Environmental: Landcare plays a significant role in managing and restoring our environment.
- Agricultural: Landcare improves the sustainability and productivity of our agricultural industries.
- Social: Landcare is as much about people as landscapes; it is through people’s thinking, action and behaviours that landscapes are managed. Landcare is Peoplecare. It brings people together, builds capacity and maintains resilience.
- Political: Landcare enables MPs to connect with their local community in suburbs, regional towns and remote areas.
Landcare NSW offers the Government access to:
- Hardworking people, committed to the stewardship of our natural resources
- Landcare groups that get the job done – restoring and protecting natural resources and strengthening local communities
- A network that crosses all boundaries: local, regional and state, social, gender, age, cultural background – a lifeline to maintaining the resilience of rural communities.
- cost effective services
- connection to community
- feedback and advice
- benefits that spread to many local communities.
Local Land Services is the major partner for Landcare NSW in the delivery of the Government’s Landcare policy. In 2015, Hon. Niall Blair, NSW Minister for Primary Industries, announced a $15 million, four-year NSW Landcare policy setting up a network of locally-based coordinators and a centralised support team to increase the effectiveness of the Landcare network. This program is managed by a Joint Management Committee, co-chaired by the chairs of LLS and Landcare NSW.
2015 has been a terrific journey for the Landcare NSW and Local Land Services partnership. We can finish the year with a great sense of achievement – commitment from the NSW government for four years of funding, purposeful leadership, a well-designed program, a strongly committed and very capable team, a willingness right across NSW regions to embrace a new and collaborative way of doing business, and an enthusiastic community of volunteers and partners who make a difference where it actually counts – at a very local scale. This has been achieved through vision, leadership, good planning and a real commitment to make the relationships and the program deliver. Alex Anthony, 10 December 2015 (Full Speech from Philanthropy and Community and Partnership Event)
NSW Environmental Trust
Landcare NSW has a longstanding partnership with the NSW Environmental Trust. A grant of $75,000 has been given to us to run 11 regional workshops in 2016.
Natural Resources Commission, Office of Environment and Heritage, Department of Primary Industries and other agencies
Landcare NSW works with a range of state government agencies that are involved in protecting, repairing or managing natural resources such as soil, land, rivers, fauna and flora. We also engage with departments regarding agricultural industries, volunteering and rural and regional communities.
Department of Primary Industries: 2011-2015
Under a $2million funding commitment the DPI ran the 4 year Landcare Support Program, commencing 2011, and finishing June 2015. The business plan for this program can be read here.