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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
    Tea Makers
  • Weeders & Planters
    Digging Machines

“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 2019-2020

Hunter Region Landcare Workshop grants 2019-2020

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.

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Reflection: Weeds Conference

Reflection: Weeds Conference

Weeds continue to be a big problem for NSW- What are the strategies, research and new products being developed? Are we effectively putting the ‘We’ in weeds across tenure?

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October 20 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Identify weeds, learn about the value of biocontrol and bring a weed for identification.

Weed ID

Weed Identification and Control Workshop

October 21 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Join us at Mt Vincent on Monday 21 October (9:30-midday) to learn more about weed control in the Cessnock area. Hunter LLS and Cessnock Council will discuss significant weeds in your area, what support Council and LLS can provide, and demonstrate some innovative control techniques, including drone spraying and splatter-gun control methods. This workshop is part of our Woodland Birds and Key Habitats program, so we will be focusing on weeds that impact on native under-storey plants, such as lantana,…

woodland Bird ID Workshop

Woodland Bird ID Workshop

November 6 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Do you manage native vegetation on your farm? Do you love your local birds?Woodland Bird ID Workshop, Wednesday 6 November, Abermain and Werakata (8:30-midday) Habitat in the Cessnock area contains one of four key breeding areas for the critically endangered Regent Honeyeater. It's also home to other endangered woodland birds, including Swift Parrot, Black-chinned Honeyeater, Barking Owl, Grey crowned Babbler and other iconic woodland birds such as Red-capped robin( our little 'Fence-Mate') and Cuckoo Shrike.   We are partnering with BirdLife…

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