The National Landcare Network (NLN) gives a united voice to Landcare at the national level. It is made up of representatives from each State and Territory. The NLN held its quarterly board meeting in Launceston on 22-23 February 2016, attended by board members and staff.
The NLN welcomed a number of guest speakers to the meeting:
- Tessa Jakszewicz (CEO) and Jan Davis (board member) from Landcare Australia Ltd gave updates on a number of projects, many of which are occurring in partnership or consultation with the NLN.
- Tasmania’s NRM Regions’ CEOs Rosanna Coombes (NRM North), Richard Ingram (Cradle Coast NRM), Donald Coventry (NRM South) each provided an overview of their regions and some of their current challenges and opportunities, especially those associated with the growing Tasmanian agriculture sector and corresponding intensification of land use.
- Megan Rowlatt, co-founder of Intrepid Landcare, spoke about how the group originated and its successes as both an environmental and a social program through youth engagement in Landcare. Intrepid Landcare and NLN agreed to strengthen ties and pursue opportunities for partnerships and collaboration.
- Sarah Gowland from NRM Futures in the Department of the Environment spoke about reporting and programme design, especially lessons learned and how to incorporate these into future planning.
- Lyndley Chopping, a founding member of the NLN, addressed the meeting regarding greeting cards produced with the artwork of David Hopkins; these may provide a fundraising opportunity for Landcare.
Landcare NSW presented on their Landcare Support Program, which has delivered $15million in additional funding from the NSW Government and is jointly managed by Landcare NSW and Local Land Services. This has enabled the establishment of a network of 66 local Landcare coordinators, a Landcare Future Fund and a Community of Practice for Landcare. These program components are interrelated and will help to direct and secure the future of Landcare in NSW.
Landcare Tasmania spoke about their work under the 20 Million Trees program. This has presented administrative challenges and Landcare Tasmania has been disappointed in the process; as a result there have not been many successful projects in the state.
Working groups were established to progress the NLN membership and insurance projects. The state and territory peak bodies will continue to consolidate the information they hold about their members and devise a way to present this consistently through the NLN.
The meeting was hosted by Landcare Tasmania and held at the Department for Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment office in Prospect. The NLN would like to thank Landcare Tasmania for its contribution to a very successful meeting and to Tamar NRM for their assistance in arranging the field trip to see examples of Landcare and partner projects around the Launceston area.
The next NLN meeting will be held in Adelaide on 22-24 May. For queries or further information please contact Miranda Gardner at firstname.lastname@example.org.