Who We Are

Mission Statement

Enable, encourage and empower aligned community groups to undertake projects that increase and improve sustainable agriculture and conservation in New South Wales.

Vision

Sustainable Agriculture, Sustainable Future

Western Landcare NSW will achieve this by:

  • Educating our Landcare network to actively implement best practice conservation and sustainable agriculture.
  • Building networks with global leaders.

Values

Western Landcare NSW values its place in the Landcare movement, its members, committee, staff and stakeholders and also the environmental outcomes that are its purpose.

Within the organisation Western Landcare New South Wales drives and expects open, honest and courteous communication, valuing all those involved in the ongoing principles mission that is the organisations cause and effect.

Where we are now

In 2004 an idea was born to develop a network to support the Landcare movement in Western NSW. From that idea Western Landcare NSW was initiated and by 2010 the Network had formalised with an Executive Committee and Steering Committee comprising of volunteer representatives from across several existing Landcare groups.

In 2015 Local Land Services and Landcare NSW signed a Memorandum of Understanding formalising their relationship. From that the Local Landcare Coordinator Initiative (LLCI) was developed. This Initiative invests $15 million over four years to the employment of Local Landcare Coordinators across NSW.

The LLCI has three main delivery goals:

  • Local Coordinators; working with networks to build capacity and foster greater action.
  • Community of Practice; a mentoring, support and networking program to help landcarers share, communicate and learn from each other.
  • Sustaining Landcare; a program to build a sustainable financial footing for Landcare into the future.
    Western Landcare NSW was able to hire 3 Local Landcare Coordinators through this initiative based across the region in Bourke, Broken Hill and Buronga. The Coordinators are housed in the respective Local Land Services offices, a demonstration of the strong partnership between Local Land Services and Landcare at both the state and regional levels.

Building on a strong partnership with Western Local Land Services, Western Landcare was able to emply 3 Local Landcare Coordinators and an Executive Officer in March 2016. The strength of the Executive Committee, Executive Officer and partnership with Western LLS has allowed the Network to nearly triple in size since the start of the LLCI program.

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Projects Delivered

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Meet the Team

Louise Turner

Louise Turner

Executive Officer

Louise has been involved with Landcare for the past 22 years and with WLNSW since its inception 12 years ago. She has worked with NPWS, Greening Australia NSW and more recently the Western CMA. Louise currently lives and works on Goodwood with her husband Zane and two children. Louise sits on several community committees and is passionate about the Western Region of NSW and what it has to offer both on a Natural & Cultural level.
Julia Dearn

Julia Dearn

Local Landcare Coordinator

Northern Region

Julia has always had a love for the land. From a young age she loved helping on the cattle property in Inverell, NSW. This work lead her to completing a Bachelor of Agriculture majoring in animal production at the University of New England, Armidale.
The work she has loved most over the years are her station hand roles on sheep and cattle properties in Bingara, Barraba and Walcha. She has also worked in research for the Australian Wool Testing Authority and a stint in agricultural insurance.
Coming away from the cold country she is now based in Bourke. She is keen to learn all about the west and serve the local landholders and the community.
Do not be shy about contacting this new coordinator about anything!

Kate O’Connor

Kate O’Connor

Local Landcare Coordinator

Western Region

Kate grew up on a property north of Packsaddle and it was here that she developed a love of the land and an appreciation for those who work it. After leaving school Kate studied agriculture at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga. Since then she has travelled the world working in various jobs before returning back to the family station north of Packsaddle. Kate has a desire to find ways to give back to the community that made her who she is today.

Thel O’Shea

Thel O’Shea

Local Landcare Coordinator

Southern Region

Thel has worked in the bush from Wentworth in NSW to the Gulf of Carpentaria in QLD. Thel loves the bush, the people in it, the animals that are farmed there as well as the native species. Thel has previously worked for the Rural Lands Protection Board as the Executive Officer and Ranger for the Milparinka Board based in Tibooburra. In recent years Thel has enjoyed working for small private businesses on large industrial and mining developments. Thel enjoys being involved with community groups and helping people work together to achieve a common goal.

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