Sustaining Landcare is all about developing a sustainable funding model for long term support of the volunteer effort across NSW. It builds on the successful relationships that Landcare has created over many years with government, community, business and philanthropic partners. A sustainable long term funding model is needed for the services and structures that support Landcare groups. Just as Surf Life Saving, the Rural Fire Service or State Emergency Service need professional support to allow them to focus on the important work they do as volunteers, so does Landcare. Sustaining Landcare will research appropriate models to secure and manage on-going funding. Landcare will continue to work with State, Federal and Local Government partners but also explore avenues to generate new funding sources. These might include industry and corporate partnerships, philanthropy, donations, local and statewide fundraising, fee for services, bequests and membership. Sustaining Landcare recognises that the current NSW Government funding program is finite and that by 2019, a transition to a sustainable model to support the work of volunteer Landcare groups is necessary. For more information: Sustaining Landcare Information Sheet While I firmly believe we will always rely on some form of government funding, I am also convinced it’s time for us to evolve as a movement – and look at how we can contribute to our own longevity. – Rob Dulhunty, Chair Landcare NSW.
The goal of the Sustaining Landcare project is to research and canvass a range of ideas in relation to key principles such as how to draw upon support from:
- within Landcare membership itself
- ongoing Federal, State and Local Government involvement
- the role of private philanthropy
- mechanisms for community and corporate fundraising
An initial round of consultation regarding Sustaining Landcare took place from April to May 2016. See the Consultation Report for a summary of feedback from the Landcare community. Consultation will continue throughout all stages of this project. Feedback, ideas, suggestions and proposals are welcome at any time.
This project is being managed by Landcare NSW with the support of the NSW Government through Local Land Services. Sustaining Landcare FAQ