Who We Are
Enable, encourage and empower aligned community groups to undertake projects that increase and improve sustainable agriculture and conservation in New South Wales.
Sustainale 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.
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Meet the Team
Executive OfficerLouise 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.
Local Landcare CoordinatorNorthern Region
Originally from Orange, Alice has used her background in Environmental Studies to make a big impact in Bourke. She has supported several new Landcare groups to form bringing together local knowledge to create collective action in the form of agricultural and social sustainability to preserve our natural resources for future generations.
Local Landcare CoordinatorWestern Region
With a background in sustainability policy and community engagement Martha has used her skills to increase community engagement with Western Landcare across the region especially with regards to youth engagement based on the Landcare philosophy that no one is too small to create meaningful change for the protection of our local environment.
Local Landcare CoordinatorSouthern Region
Growing up on a property in Jerilderie, Henry has always had a passion for the land and has used his diverse skillset to promote and support a growing network of community groups that work on the ground to achieve remarkable environmental outcomes in sustainable agriculture, conservation and pest control.