Fa­cil­i­ta­tors get the thumbs up

Alpine Observer - - News -

A RE­CENT sur­vey of Land­care and re­lated com­mu­nity groups in the North East re­gion iden­ti­fied that the Land­care and sup­ported groups highly val­ued their Lo­cal Land­care Fa­cil­i­ta­tors for their roles in help­ing groups to get more done and strengthen their com­mu­ni­ties.

The sur­vey that re­ceived over 90 re­sponses showed that Land­care fa­cil­i­ta­tors helped to build con­nec­tions be­tween lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and groups, and with other or­gan­i­sa­tions, gov­ern­ment and in­dus­try.

The fa­cil­i­ta­tors were also shown to have as­sisted rein­vig­o­ra­tion of ex­ist­ing groups and the form­ing of new net­works and groups in some ar­eas.

“The (fa­cil­i­ta­tor) pro­vides strong sup­port for our group’s ac­tiv­i­ties in many ways, re­sult­ing in a stronger, more vi­tal and con­fi­dent group,” one sur­veyed per­son said.

Over­all, over 90 per cent of re­spon­dents rated the fa­cil­i­ta­tors as an 8 out of 10 or above for the cat­e­gories; Help­ing groups to in­crease par­tic­i­pa­tion and build part­ner­ships, as­sist­ing with plan­ning, mon­i­tor­ing and re­port­ing and en­abling groups to ac­cess grants and fund­ing.

Fa­cil­i­ta­tors were also viewed just favourably for the way they helped groups un­der­take projects.

The Vic­to­rian Lo­cal Land­care Fa­cil­i­ta­tor pro­gram was es­tab­lished in 2012 through fund­ing pro­vided by the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment’s Vic­to­rian Land­care Pro­gram.

With an up­com­ing State elec­tion on Novem­ber 24 2018, Land­care groups, net­works and fa­cil­i­ta­tors ini­ti­ated the sur­vey to have cur­rent in­for­ma­tion avail­able on the com­mu­nity sup­port for the Vic­to­rian Land­care Pro­gram and par­tic­u­larly for the Fa­cil­i­ta­tor roles.

Con­tact de­tails for North East Lo­cal Land­care Fa­cil­i­ta­tors are:

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