Landcare is a grassroots movement of groups and individuals across Australia with a shared vision to protect, enhance or restore the natural environment in their local community through sustainable land management and conservation activities. Landcare enables people to actively care for 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. The Landcare movement is made up of 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 and restoring their local environment.
The Corangamite Catchment is proud to have more than 152 of these Landcare and community-based natural resource management groups with more than 4,200 passionate volunteers advocating and providing opportunities for the enhancement and protection the region’s natural environment and sustainable farming practices.
The Corangamite region is also home to the following well established Landcare Networks and Groups that have specialised staff employed to facilitate a vast array of support to the Landcare community.
Landcare groups are made up of Members, Committee Member’s and a Chair. Groups undertake a variety of on-ground activities on both private and public land, including revegetation, weed control, soil health, fencing waterways, pest animal management, erosion control, installation of nest boxes and remnant vegetation protection just to name a few.
Groups also undertake a variety of other activities such as newsletters, social media, bus tours, flora and fauna field days, working bees, social events, prepare actions plans, training days and some even run their own nurseries.
Landcare provides roles and opportunities for everyone of every ability to share skills, learnings and experiences that grow people, friendships and a better environment.
This Plan is designed to outline how the Corangamite CMA supports Landcare and provide a framework for an ongoing partnership between the Corangamite CMA and Landcare in the region. The Plan guides the work of the Regional Landcare Coordinator and can be used by all stakeholders to understand the relationships and processes that guide the relationship.
Corangamite CMA thanks the local Landcare community for their support and contributions towards developing this plan.
Congratulations to the recipients of the 2022 Victorian Landcare Grants.
Environmental volunteer groups and networks are sharing in $3.22 million in funding to care for the state’s natural environment, with 217 on-ground and capacity-building projects and 281 support grants funded across the state.
The Victorian Landcare Grants support Landcare and environmental volunteering groups and networks for on-ground works, education and capacity building projects that protect and restore our land and natural environment.
Project grants - up to $20,000 were available for on-ground works, capacity-building activities, community education and engagement that protects, or improves natural assets such as native vegetation, native fauna, waterways, wetlands and soils.
Support grants - up to $500 was available for assistance with costs such as insurance, incorporation and operational needs, or meetings and events or newsletters, websites, and other communication.
Within the Corangamite CMA region the 2022 Victorian Landcare Project Grants successfully funded 18 projects ($267,555 in total) and 38 Support Grants provided to groups ($18,870 in total).
See the full list of recipients here.
The Corangamite CMA hosts a Victorian Government funded Regional Landcare and Volunteer Coordinator position to work with Landcare groups and networks to share information, develop promotional materials, discuss challenges and make regional decisions to achieve positive results. This position works to meet key priorities of the Victorian Landcare Program and Corangamite Landcare Support Plan.
For general enquiries contact:
Regional Landcare and Volunteer Coordinator
P; 1800 002 262
Celebrating 30 years of Landcare, stories captured in the Faces of Landcare indicate that Landcare means many different things to many different people, from those just establishing their group to those who have played a major role in Landcare’s foundation in locations all across the Corangamite catchment.
Underlying the contrasting motivations for those involved in Landcare is a commitment to sustainable land management for future generations. And the opportunity to get together to learn and share knowledge with like-minded people.
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The Corangamite CMA hosts an Australian Government funded Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator (RALF) who works with Landcare, agriculture industry, grower and community groups who have a sustainable agriculture focus. The RALF supports the delivery of the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program sustainable agriculture outcomes.
Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator (RALF)
Karen O’Keefe (Monday-Thursday)
1800 002 262
Visit the Corangamite Landcare Program page on the Victorian Landcare Gateway website.
Landcare grants (when available) are listed on the Grants and Tenders page.
64 Dennis Street, Colac VIC 3250
PO Box 159, Colac, VIC 3250
Hours: 8:30am – 5pm, Monday to Friday
T: 1800 002 262
54A Corio St, Geelong VIC 3220
Hours: 8:30am – 5pm, Monday to Friday
T: 1800 002 262