Working together is the heart of Landcare

By Tessa Matykiewicz, CEO Landcare Australia

The theme of this month’s Landcare in Focus, Farming Communities Working Together for Collective Outcomes, defines what is truly the heart of Landcare – the people who are collaborating and dedicating their time and energy to get things done for the good of our land.

I’m excited to let you all know that Landcare Australia and the National Landcare Network (organisations that offer services and represent the Landcare community at a national level) are in discussions to create unity and stronger alignment between the two entities. This is a great opportunity to create one national voice for Landcare, and to better serve the Landcare community.

Landcare Australia chief executive, Tessa Matykiewicz.

I’m also pleased to acknowledge the winners so far of the State & Territory Landcare Awards – check our website to see who won awards so far. All the winners will go on to the National Landcare Awards next year – it’s truly been inspiring to see the amazing work that’s been done across the country over the past couple of years.

There are so many amazing examples of projects and the Landcare community coming together in this edition. You can read about 22 landholders in New South Wales who got together to erect a pest exclusion fence of 210 km, enclosing approximately 177,000 hectares and creating a solid barrier against pests such as wild dogs and pigs.

Learn about a group in Queensland who created the Greater Whitsunday Food Network, achieving a thriving farmers market with farm-to-plate dinners, supplying local produce in restaurants around the region, and ultimately employing local people in profitable farming enterprises.

Recently, a total of $100,000 in funding was made possible through Landcare Australia’s Workplace Giving Program to support 10 group’s habitat restoration projects across the country. Sign up for our eNewsletter, Landlink, on our website to hear about future funding opportunities.

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