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.


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.


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.



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.
Thel O’Shea

Thel O’Shea

Project Officer


Thel has lived and worked in the bush from Wentworth in NSW to the Gulf of Carpentaria in QLD performing many roles. He loves the bush, the people in it, the animals that are farmed there and the native species. Thel has been working for Western Landcare NSW since January 2019 as a Local Landcare Coordinator based in Wentworth. Prior to that Thel enjoyed working for small private businesses on large industrial and mining developments. Thel and his wife, Megan along with their 3 children run their own mobile veterinary practice in the Wentworth area.  Thel is the Chief Steward of Horse Events Section and the Paddock Sheep & Goat Dog Trials at the Wentworth Show and the Yard Dog Trial at the Pooncarie Field Day. Thel also manages their irrigation property where they agist and spell racing horses. Thel enjoys being involved with community groups and helping people work together to achieve a common goal.

Julia Dearn

Julia Dearn

Local Landcare Coordinator - Bourke

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!

Mobile: 0421 829 771

Vanessa Anderson

Vanessa Anderson

Local Landcare Coordinator - Wentworth

Southern Region

Vanessa grew up on a sheep/beef property on the Fleurieu Peninsula SA. She spent time working on farms in Norway on an Ag exchange before becoming a professional wool classer, working in shearing sheds through outback SA and Far Western NSW. She lived and worked on a sheep station at Moulamein before managing a sheep station between Ivanhoe and Cobar, then settling on a sheep station West of White Cliffs where she raised 2 children through Broken Hill School of the Air. Vanessa has spent the last few years working a variety of jobs in Adelaide. She is a Justice of the Peace, has worked in aged care, Education support, administration, amongst a variety of volunteering initiatives including the sheep section of the Royal Adelaide show and BlazeAid. She is community minded along with being passionate about the environment and sustainability.


Patrick Koo

Local Landcare Coordinator - Broken Hill

Patrick, based in Broken Hill, is an emerging coordinator who completed his degree in Environmental Science in 2011 with most recent industry experience as a contaminated land consultant for a major global engineering firm in Western Australia. Previous industry experience included working as a formulation chemist and quality control/quality assurance chemist for PPG Australia and Bridgestone Australia respectively.

Patrick’s interest, dedication, and on ground approach, is to build on and rapidly expand his expertise in the environmental field particularly by understanding and building cohesive and resilient communities in Far West NSW in a range of environmental settings.

With an aim at creating more productive and sustainable farming practices, conserving our environment and protecting our natural resources, Patrick believes that this can be achieved through active members and groups in the Western Landcare network. Education, raising awareness, support, knowledge sharing are all important in the drive and implementation for best practice conservation and sustainable agriculture.

Patrick can be contacted via:

[email protected]


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