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“Landcare is for everyone.”

What is Landcare?
  • A grassroots movement, supported by all three levels of government and the private sector.
  • People working together in a catchment to combat soil erosion, pests & diseases, loss of habitat for local flora & fauna.
  • Communities coming together to care for our environment.
  • People working together to return the bushland, creeks, wetlands or beach to the wondrous place they remember from their childhood.
  • Community building. It creates friendships, nurtures your soul and keeps you fit, it helps develop your sense of place, provides opportunities for you to make a difference and its fun.
Community Landcare: 30 years old

In 1989 Bob Hawke, the then Prime Minister of Australia, declared the 1990s to be the Decade of Landcare to address land degradation across Australia.
30 years later, after great successes and many challenges, the Landcare movement continues to engage, educate and enable local people to find and implement local solutions to local problems.

Who are community land carers?

As the name suggests, “Community Landcare” is all about local communities coming together to address local natural resource management issues.

Community Landcarers come from all walks of life. All ages can participate; from preschoolers to senior citizens!

Some Landcarers are:

  • Organisers
    Nurturers
    Teachers
    Tea Makers
  • Weeders & Planters
    Digging Machines
    Leaders
    Listeners

“All are welcome on a Landcare site.”

Who supports Landcare?
  • Landcarers

    Through local groups, and district, regional, state, and national networks. Landcare groups will happily share their local knowledge and experience with new members. In addition to their local Landcare contributions, some Landcarers also volunteer their time and efforts to represent the Landcare movement to potential funding supporters, promote Landcare to the wider community and champion us when others have competing needs and/or wants.

  • Governments

    All three levels of government have a role to play in supporting Community Landcare.
    The Australian government through the National Landcare Program.
    The NSW government through the NSW Landcare Support Program.
    Local government through a range of structures that support the engagement of local communities in caring for their natural environment.

“Our goal is to make Landcare Core Business of Government.”

  • We do!

    The Hunter Region Landcare Network has developed support structures to support Landcarers in our region. We are a representative group from across the region with considerable experience in all things Landcare.
    We have secured funding from Hunter Local Land Services to facilitate workshops and field-days, hosted by the local Landcare group, to engage, educate and enable Landcarers.
    We partner with other government agencies to facilitate partnerships between government and the community for the benefit of the environment.

“We are a conduit to and from state
and national Landcare networks
and government.”

  • Paid Staff

    The Hunter Region Landcare Network is the host organisation for three part-time projects in our region, Lower, Mid and Upper Hunter.     Meet our team.

Who funds Landcare?
  • Do you need money?

    A minimum requirement is a group of like-minded people looking for, and implementing solutions for the issues at hand. Volunteers can undertake many of the activities Landcarers might do.
  • Funding Opportunities

    Local councils, local suppliers of goods and services, and your Regional & District Networks may be able to help with funding through grants or donations.
  • Applying for funding? We can help!

    Designing a project that others might want to fund is the first step. Your project might help them achieve their goals.
    We have secured funding from Hunter Local Land Services to facilitate workshops and field-days, hosted by the local Landcare group, to engage, educate and enable Landcarers.
    We partner with other government agencies to facilitate partnerships between government and the community for the benefit of the environment.

Planning your project
  • Develop a “shelf project“

    Clearly set out your goals, the issues you want to address, and the steps you propose to address them.
  • Identify what’s needed

    The resources required, metres of fencing, number of tubestock, mulch and plant protection, etc. and/or contractor time required. You will also need to estimate the in-kind contributions of your group, this is usually estimated at $30/ph.
  • Acknowledge Contributions

    Be sure to include contributions discounts and freebies from suppliers, council.
  • Find Funding

    Look for funding programs that share your goals

Landcare Members

Already involved in Landcare?
Here’s what we have on offer.

“We are Landcare.”

Apply for grants

Hunter Region Landcare Workshop grants 2018-2019

Hunter Region Landcare Workshop grants 2018-2019

Thanks to the generous support of the Hunter Local Land Services,  HRLN once again has funding available for a series of field-days/workshops, hosted by our Member Groups, on topics of interest to the Landcarers in their local area. Previous events have included woody...

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Landcare Australia’s Drought Assistance Grants

Landcare Australia’s Drought Assistance Grants

Landcare Australia’s 2018 Drought Assistance Grants program is now open to support Landcare groups and the farming community located in intense drought declared areas in NSW and QLD. The aim of the program is to help farmers to build drought resilience through...

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$1,000 grants now available for your school project

$1,000 grants now available for your school project

As part of its commitment to a greener future, Woolworths in partnership with Landcare Australia, is giving your school or early learning centre the opportunity to apply for a Woolworths Junior Landcare Grant of up to $1,000. Hundreds of grants will be offered to...

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Access Resources

Work Health and Safety Forms

Work Health and Safety Forms

To meet your legal obligations, you should be keeping safety records for each working bee or field day that your group takes part in. HRLN has developed a WHS Risk assessment form and Daily diary with WHS checklist for your group to download and use.

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Upcoming Events

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EarthFest

EarthFest

July 27 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

EarthFest is an initiative of Sustainable Education and the local region of the Upper Hunter, New South Wales. Partnering with Upper Hunter Shire Council and the Segenhoe Inn to produce an event that not only showcases the local area, but raises awareness and much needed funds to help families in these catastrophic drought conditions the region is facing. The event will be hosted at the historical Segenhoe Inn, in Aberdeen and you can expect to enjoy a family friendly festival,…

Tree Planting Day

National Tree Day

July 28

Get involved with National Tree Day as a member of the Community. Community includes individuals, friends, family, faith based groups, local community groups and more! National Tree Day is traditionally held on the last Sunday in July. If this is not an ideal time to plant Tree Day activities can take place on any date, you just need to register when your activity will take place. Find a site near you: https://treeday.planetark.org/find-a-site/

Upper hunter

WILDLIFE DISCOVERY Upper Hunter

August 10 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
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