by Jessica Leck, Regional Landcare Coordinator
Regardless of your political leanings, last week’s election outcome was a good news story for Landcare. In the lead-up to the election, Labor committed to fully funding the next Landcare Support Program 2023-2027. For Landcarers on the ground, this funding will provide not only security for another four years of support but a fantastic boost to resourcing to allow our groups to continue to care for their landscapes in ambitious ways!
Preparation is already underway at Mid Coast 2 Tops Landcare to prepare our pitch for this new program, to ensure these resources are delivered on the ground for the MidCoast community in a way that meets our diverse needs.
Representatives from our member groups met with our friends in the Hunter last month for the first in a series of planning sessions to get a clear idea of what worked, didn’t work and what we want to aim for in the new program. Next month, representatives from our member networks will come together again to design what we could do with these additional resources and where they might be needed most.
Whilst Landcare always will be, and always should be, more about getting our hands dirty than strategic planning, this work of our volunteer committees is a critical element that allows for everything we deliver throughout the year. It’s not for everyone, but gosh are we grateful for the ones who put up their (clean) hand.
If this sounds like your kind of fun, there has never been a better time to get involved in your local, network or regional committee. We are always looking for volunteers, particularly anyone with professional skills they are willing to offer the team.