Our natural resources are front and centre this week, with Landcare NSW receiving $15 million from the NSW Government to ensure the continual improvement of our resource management. Minister for Primary Industries, Lands and Water, Niall Blair, delivered the exciting news, fulfilling another election promise, and launching the NSW Local Landcare Coordinators Initiative.
The majority of these funds are going towards increasing staff on the ground, with up to 60 new positions at the organisation expected over the next four years. Under the funding, the NSW Local Landcare Co-ordinators Initiative has been launched, which will deliver local networks of co-ordinators to increase the activity and effectiveness of Landcare’s network.
This initiative will allow voluntary community based groups and networks, as well as landholders and the wider community to engage in natural resource management activities more effectively. Communities will work towards managing and restoring the natural environment, improving the sustainability practices of our agricultural sector and building local environmental resilience.
Local Landcare Coordinators will work with their host organisations to increase the capacity of the group. A joint Local Land Services and Landcare management committee will oversee the program, pursuing options for Landcare’s future financial sustainability.
Community-based groups or networks in natural resource management and/or sustainable agriculture will be able to apply to host a coordinator. If you are part of an organisation that would be interested in hosting a local Landcare co-ordinator with your community, applications are open until 14 October here.