2016-17 Highlights

  • September 2016

    2016 National Landcare Conference and Awards

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  • September 2016

    2016 Bob Hawke Landcare Award

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  • January 2017

    New Chairman of the Board announced

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  • April 2017

    A sip is a quid for Landcare

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  • June 2017

    Transurban M2

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Projects Funded by Landcare Australia

Quarterly readership of Landcare in Focus

Digital Media Audience

Workplace giving contributions

(in $)

CEV Events

Landcare Groups

Our Functions

Communications

The Marketing and Communications team develops and delivers a range of programs and services that support the initiatives of Government partners, corporate Australia, Landcare community groups, and other aligned not-for-profit organisations. The primary objective of the team is to create awareness of Landcare and to engage community as well as corporate organisations in all aspects of Landcare.

In the past year, we delivered the 2016 National Landcare Conference which was attended by over 700 passionate individuals, representing all sectors of the Landcare community. The conference also provided the platform for recognising and celebrating the achievements of community leaders and innovators through the National Landcare Awards, where in 2016, 69 state finalists were vying for a national award across nine categories.

Also presented in 2016, the Bob Hawke Landcare Award which offers a cash prize of $50,000, was bestowed upon Stephen Burgess for demonstrating a remarkable commitment to caring for the land; championing better practices; and giving his time to sharing knowledge with others so that they too can prosper.

We published Landcare in Focus, a quarterly newspaper that shares expert and technical knowledge and case studies to the Landcare community, while also delivering monthly eNewletters to keep the community up-to-date on events, funding opportunities, and Landcare projects being delivered across the country.

Fundraising

Still in its infancy, fundraising has grown over the past two years thanks to our newly acquired supporters. Due to our generous supporters, we have raised over $180,000. We have over 1,900 regular supporters who genuinely care about the Landcare movement and the environment. They are passionate people who want to make a difference and see results.

Over the past year, we have raised funds through our Workplace Giving Program, direct marketing appeals, community fundraising, events, and general donations. In addition, we launched a new bequest and community fundraising program and hosted a successful Trek for Aussie Farmers in Tasmania earlier in March 2017.

Thanks to our supporters, we were able to grant ten habitat restoration grants valued at $10,000 each throughout Australia supporting our Landcare groups working to save Aussie species such as the koala, southern cassowary and coastal emu.

Corporate Partnerships

The corporate partnerships team develops and delivers partnerships with corporate Australia which have a positive impact on our land and water resources. We have close to 30 years’ experience working in partnership with the private sector. We build partnerships to help businesses achieve objectives in the areas of community engagement, sustainability, brand differentiation, corporate social responsibility and employee engagement. We also focus on helping companies have a positive impact on the communities and the environment in which they operate.

Over the past year, 342 projects have been funded and $1,075,069 in funding distributed as a result of our corporate partnerships. These projects include a variety of Junior Landcare projects in schools across the country, sustainable agriculture projects to help farmers respond to challenges, community Landcare projects tackling local issues, and large scale revegetation projects.

Grants

In the 2016/17 year Landcare Australia delivered 18 corporate funded grants programs, distributing over $800,000 to support the implementation of 327 projects.  The majority of the 18 grant programs were defined by a target geographic area and theme. However, three of the 2016/17 grant programs were available to support the vital efforts of Landcare and community groups nationwide. The generous and continued support of 26 corporates into Landcare Australia’s Workplace Giving Program, allowed our Habitat Restoration grants to fund 10 groups up to $10,000 each to protect and enhance Australia’s biodiversity assets. Momentum Energy’s ‘Powerful Youth Projects’ Junior Landcare grants, in its first year, supported 244 schools, kindergartens and youth groups across Victoria to further educate their students about environmental sustainability.

Since 2006, Coca-Cola South Pacific with The Coca-Cola Foundation has proudly partnered with Landcare Australia through community grants, projects and environmental volunteering activities which has successfully contributed to our business priorities around water replenishment and environmental sustainability.

Christine Black Director, Public Affairs and Communications
Coca-Cola South Pacific

Since 2012, Konica Minolta employees have participated in corporate volunteer days across Australia through engagement with Landcare Australia. This opportunity allows our employees to learn about local environmental issues, engage with local Landcare groups and make a positive contribution to our environment.

Dr David Cooke, Chairman and Managing Director
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia

Our Strategy

Landcare Australia continued to utilize the ‘Gazelles Method’, which focuses on assisting growth through a one-page strategic plan. The plan was rolled out to team members, with a focus on quarterly objectives which link to the strategic plan. The plan focuses on five key areas:

Building thought leadership

During the year we focused on raising Landcare Australia’s profile and leveraging the strategy forum.

Enabling our organisation

We continued using the new financial reporting system, a customer relationship management system, and Woodward & Associates (specialists in business development) worked with our corporate partnerships team to build their skills.

Product and service development

We established our Landcare Services team of technical specialists who deliver large-scale projects when possible in collaboration with Landcare community groups.

Relationship development

We focused on enhancing our relationships with government at both the ministerial and departmental level.

Developing our brand identity

We continued execution of our digital marketing strategy, which included the greater engagement via social media platforms with our audiences.

Our Partners

Government Partners

Working with government at local, state and federal levels, assists Landcare Australia in supporting the Landcare community’s activities and raising awareness of Landcare at a national level.

In Victoria, we work closely with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to ensure corporate funding for on-ground projects and were supported to bring the 2016 National Landcare Conference to Melbourne. In South Australia, we are supporting a major revegetation projects along Adelaide’s rail corridors in partnership with The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.

At a national level, in the last year we worked with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources to deliver the National Landcare Conference and Awards, the quarterly Landcare in Focus publication, and the Bob Hawke Landcare Award, through the National Landcare Programme.

Corporate Partners

Landcare Australia has close to three decades of experience working with businesses of all sizes across multiple sectors. We work in partnership with these businesses to help them achieve their goals in specific areas, as well as delivering on-ground funding to the Landcare community. 342 projects were funded last year, including major bush rehabilitation projects, Junior Landcare projects, community Landcare and sustainable agriculture projects.

Corporate Donors & Workplace Giving Partners

ADP

ADP

ASX

ASX

Bundaberg Distilling Company

Bundaberg Distilling Company

CSR Sugar

CSR Sugar

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Bank

Diageo

Diageo

Dulux Group

Dulux Group

Elders

Elders

Incitec Pivot

Incitec Pivot

Jaramas Foundation

Jaramas Foundation

Key Industries

Key Industries

Konica Minolta

Konica Minolta

Litmus Group

Litmus Group

Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin

National Australia Bank

National Australia Bank

OneSteel

OneSteel

Orica

Orica

Pan Mcmillan Australia

Pan Mcmillan Australia

Pavilion Timber

Pavilion Timber

PwC

PwC

Qantas

Qantas

Ritchies Stores

Ritchies Stores

Royal Bank of Canada

Royal Bank of Canada

Sage Foundation

Sage Foundation

Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric

Shell Australia

Shell Australia

Telstra

Telstra

University of Wollongong

University of Wollongong

Governance

Finance and Audit Committee

This committee reviews our organisation’s financial performance against our budget; that our reporting is compliant with external standards, and ensures appropriate risk management controls are in place. It also liaises with our external auditors who review our financial report annually.

Partnerships Committee

This committee provides advice to the Board on strategies to maximise funds while protecting our brands. It develops and applies our partnership guidelines, and provides oversight of the management of our trademarks, the application of our bequest funds, and monitors our marketing and public relations activities.

Our Board

Our Board oversees the organisation’s direction, its governance, and works with management to develop and execute the strategic plan. Our Board members offer a range of skills including; finance, legal and risk management, government relations, business, agribusiness, and environment and water management.

Landcare Australia is governed by a skills-based Board comprising seven non-executive directors. During the year our long-standing director, Graham Jennings retired. We thank Graham for his significant contribution to our organisation. Rachel Gatehouse subsequently joined the board.

Strategy Forum

Landcare Australia’s Strategy Forum met twice during the year. The forum consists of 12 of Australia’s leading environmental, scientific, agricultural and business minds. They provide external advice and specialist input into sector trends, opportunities and challenges. The Strategy Forum does not have a governance function.

Company Secretary

The Company Secretary is responsible for the legal and statutory compliance on behalf of the Board. The Company Secretary is Andrew Horne for Landcare Australia Limited and Borland Holdings Pty. Ltd.

Auditors

The Auditors for Landcare Australia Limited and its subsidiaries are Ernst & Young.

Financials

Statement of comprehensive income
for the year ended 30 June 2017

Statement of financial position
as at 30 June 2017

Statement of cash flows for
the year ended 30 June 2017