Facilitators get the thumbs up
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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