Landcare Week is an annual celebration of landcare during the first week of August that acknowledges the Australians who are actively restoring, enhancing and protecting the natural environment in their community.
From the coast to the country, and from urban cities to the outback, landcare’s greatest asset is its people. With over 6,000 groups and 100,000+ volunteers, the landcare movement is diverse and encompasses farmers and farming systems groups, landowners, landcare groups and networks, Traditional Owners, Bushcare and ‘Friends of’ groups, Coastcare, Dunecare and Rivercare groups, Landcare facilitators and coordinators, youth groups and other community groups involved in protecting, enhancing or restoring their local environment. The Junior Landcare program also provides a pathway for children to become lifelong landcarers starting with early learning childhood centres through to primary and secondary schools.
What makes landcare unique to any other community movement is the very large number of active groups, and the effective partnerships created between business, researchers, natural resource management agencies, government and community. These partnerships build local community ownership of issues, unlock volunteer knowledge, capability and capacity to create better outcomes for the environment and those that seek to protect and enhance it.
In the last three decades Landcare has achieved a great deal of work, yet there is much more to do. With a changing climate leading to an increase in natural disasters including drought, bushfires and floods, landcare has never been more important- united we can take action, benefitting our environment, the landscape and biodiversity, our communities and our personal wellbeing.
This Landcare Week we’ll be celebrating the diversity of landcare people and projects across Australia. We encourage you to join in on the action. Promote your activities with the Landcare Week Communication kit.
Stay tuned to our Facebook page as we share incredible landcare stories from around Australia. You can post your stories in the comments on our Facebook page and share the Landcare Week posts to your page.