Landcare review to support volunteers
THE Victorian Government has announced a review of its program of support for Landcare to make sure it is up to supporting the needs of volunteers and communities.
Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water Lisa Neville announced the review as part of the government’s commitment to ensuring we provide effective support to the Landcare community across Victoria through the Victorian Landcare Program.
“This review recognises the crucial role that volunteers play in Landcare groups,” she said.
“We need to make sure they are supported as effectively as possible so they can continue their valuable environmental work.
“We are committed to strengthening and building Landcare to ensure it continues to deliver real, on the ground results and meets Victoria’s current and future environmental needs.”
The review process begins with gathering a wide-range of community views in order to strengthen the role and scope of local facilitators and develop the best possible long-term arrangements for the Victorian Landcare Program and the Victorian Landcare Facilitator Program.
A stakeholder reference group has been established as part of the review’s consultation process and includes representatives from the Victorian Landcare Council, Farm Tree and Landcare Association, Catchment Management Authorities and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).
John Gilson, president of the Delatite Landcare Group, welcomed the review.
“Landcare facilitators play a vital role in coordinating the work of Landcare groups and other environmental organisations,” he said.
“Facilitators are able to act as a link between local and state governments - the role of the Land- care facilitators is vital and needs ongoing government support.”
The government recently highlighted its ongoing support for Landcare through the launch of the $2 million 2015-16 Victorian Landcare Grants in addition to the funding of Victoria’s 68 Landcare facilitator positions for a further four years.
Alongside a number of significant reforms the Victorian Government is reviewing the Landcare Program and Local Facilitator Initiative to ensure the best possible support for land carers and community groups, which in turn, supports local environmental projects.
The contribution Landcare makes towards protecting and improving Victoria’s environment, along with the improved productivity of farms, and the many social benefits is well recognised in Australia and around the world.
The online survey and further information can be found at www. landcarevic.net.au.
TREESCAPE: Merton Landcare Group recently planted out trees along the Great Victorian Rail Trail at Merton – a part of their commitment to Landcare and the environment.