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What is Landcare?

The Big Picture

For many members of the Landcare group their major landcare activities are tree planting. However, Landcare is multidisciplinary as it embraces and integrates not just tree planting but also soil conservation, creation of wildlife habitats, weed, pest, and animal control, salinity amelioration, stream bank and roadside management and restoration, protection of remnant vegetation, community education.

While one single problem may provide the reason for the Landcare group to act, often associated problems also need to be talked on both private and public land over the whole catchment. While Landcare groups tend to concentrate on finding local solutions to local problems, they are also involved in the resolution of regional catchment management issues.

What do Land carers actually do?
  • Learn about local plants and wildlife; recognise what to keep and what to get rid of.
  • Understand about water catchments and healthy streams, and work to improve our local creeks. (We could create an environment for platypus to return!)
  • Get to know neighbours by working together and talking about the environment.
  • Provide an official incorporated body to apply for the funds for major and minor projects. (eg heavy machinery to attack the willow problem).
  • Have meetings with invited experts on environmental issues.
  • Have fun and get a sense of satisfaction through co-operative achievement.
  • Have working bees to do things such as;
  • Help clear weed infestation.
  • Plant out designated areas.
  • Endeavour to conserve endangered flora & fauna.

What are the benefits of being a Member?

  • Networking with Local people who have experience in land management in your area.
  • Access to sessions on topics such as weeds, revegetation, agroforestry, grazing management expertise.
  • Access to information to assist you with good land management.
  • Access to funding opportunities to assist you to protect the natural resources under your management.
  • Monthly newsletter.
  • Access to low cost indigenous plants.
  • Learn how to use agricultural chemicals (eg. Herbicides) safely.
  • Access to courses such as “Whole Farm Management”, and Chemical users courses”