Regional Projects

Current Projects

2015-2019 NSW Landcare Support Program

The $15 million 2015-2019 NSW Landcare Support Program builds on the achievements of the 2011-2015 Landcare Support Program. It includes the following initiatives funded through contracts and/or agreements between NENW Landcare and Landcare NSW:

Local Landcare Coordinator Initiative

This provides a network of locally-based coordinators to work with local Landcare groups and networks to build capacity and connections within communities. The primary purpose of the initiative is to enable the effective participation of voluntary community based groups and networks, landholders and the wider community in natural resource management activities that manage and restore the natural environment, improve the sustainability of agricultural production, and build the resilience of communities.

Landcare Community of Practice Initiative

The Landcare Community of Practice is a centralised support team that increases the activity and effectiveness of the Landcare network through a consistent approach to building community capacity across the State. The Landcare Community of Practice activities provide essential support to the organisations hosting the Local Landcare Coordinator Initiative, as well as increasing the capacity, and connectedness of the Landcare community.

Completed Projects

Collaboration Counts

The research project “Collaboration Counts” was undertaken by a specialist team at the University of New England (UNE) to look at the best possible way for public investment to reach the ground. For further enquiries on this project you can contact:

Euan Belson, Collaboration Counts Project Coordinator, Ecosystem Management, Building W055, University of New England, Armidale 2351

 E: ebelson2@une.edu.au  T: 02 6773 2076    M: 0478 609 516

Building Capacity for Sustainability

25th Anniversary Landcare Grants 2014-15 Funding Round Project: New England North West - Building Capacity for Sustainability

This project delivered a series of ten soil health events across the New England / North West regions of New South Wales. Project events took place in locations determined by local Landcare Networks, in order to address local needs and tailored to suit local requirements.

Strategic Outcome 1. Maintain and improve ecosystem services through sustainable management of local and regional landscapes.
Strategic Outcome 2. Increase in the number of farmers and fishers adopting practices that improve the quality of the natural resource base, and the area of land over which those practices are applied.
Strategic Outcome 3. Increase engagement and participation of the community, including landcare, farmers and Indigenous people, in sustainable natural resource management.

Regional Landcare Support

This project is delivering Local and Regional Landcare Facilitation and Community Action Planning in a contractual agreement between NENW Landcare and Northern Tablelands Local Land Services. Project objectives are as follows:

  1. Deliver Regional and Local Landcare Facilitation services that contribute to developing a skilled and capable local landcare community within the Northern Tablelands region.
  2. Work in partnership with Northern Tablelands Local Land Services and other organisations, to support farmers and land managers to identify and adopt practices to sustainably manage natural resources, reduce agricultural emissions and adapt to changing climatic conditions.
  3. Facilitate Community Action Planning to enable local landcare and community groups and/or individuals to meet their sustainability objectives that align with the Northern Tablelands Investment Plan 2023.
  4. Provide foundational support to Landcare Networks through direct support to Landcare coordinator staff so that they may continue to provide a community-based natural resource management services in line with their own strategic plan and the Northern Tablelands Investment Plan 2023.

This agreement was made on 22 May 2015, with the relevant contract continuing until 30 June 2018 (at the conclusion of National Landcare Program - Phase 1 funding).

Drought Assistance Information & Referral Service

This project was instigated through recognising the mutual benefits to be gained through the establishment of a collaborative agreement to provide an information and referral service to drought affected rural communites.

The Ascent Group was invited to attend and participate in community events funded under this agreement. Participation generally included the attendance at the event and provision of information, materials, etc during the course of the event. It also included other partner agencies working with The Ascent Group, funded under the Drought Assistance package. This took forms such as a static display, presentation, etc as appropriate, and negotiated prior to the event.

Northern Tablelands Regional Weeds Committee

The Northern Tablelands Regional Weeds Committee has been established under the provisions of Section 33 of the Local Land Services Act 2013 to:

  • support implementation of the weeds components and underlining principles of the NSW Biosecurity Strategy, NSW Biosecurity Act and the NSW Invasive Species Plan 2015-2022
  • deliver weed functions for the Local Land Services consistent with the Local Strategic Plan
  • provide a forum to develop innovative and effective regional weed management strategic plans that consider risks, include all land tenure, and major stakeholders in the landscape
  • engage community and stakeholders in decision making, and develop communication education and awareness programs based on local and/or regional priority weeds and issues

These activities play an integral part in an overall State weed management framework. A Landcare representative is included on the Committee, and NENW Landcare plays a key role facilitating information exchange across the Northern Tablelands.

 

2016 NLP Community Grants

This project delivered a round of small community grants to community groups, organisations and individuals to support events, training or capacity building activities that align that increase community resilience, including:

  • succession planning
  • governance
  • mentoring
  • planning sessions
  • leadership development
  • farmer to farmer / peer to peer information exchange to facilitate practice change
  • fostering regenerating community groups
  • partnership projects between community organisations, local government and/or schools

NENW Landcare congratulates the 21 successful applicants in the 2016/17 National Landcare Programme (NLP) Small Community Grants, with grants advertised in 2016 and successfully funded projects delivered during 2016/17.

Funding recipients have provided their final reporting, and this project is now complete.

Biodiversity Alliance

In October 2016, the New England North West Biodiversity Alliance was created out of the 2015 Regional Biodiversity forum held in Armidale.

The aim of the alliance is to work together on biodiversity projects, advocacy and funding applications, coordinating on-the-ground actions, and longer-term planning to increase connectivity and improve the condition of ecosystems (including agricultural ecosystems). This would be achieved by way of a long-term project using sustainable and regenerative practices across the east-west altitudinal and climatic gradient from the Tablelands to the Plains.

As background:

In September 2015, a Regional Biodiversity forum was held with the aim of developing a Regional Biodiversity Partnership and to agree on a model for governance and administration support. The 40 or so participants at the workshop agreed on the following goals: 

  1. Exchange of data and resources on biodiversity
  2. Opportunity to develop shared projects and funding applications
  3. Create a shared vision for regional biodiversity management
  4. Increase networking among participants
  5. Develop shared standards and operations
  6. Set benchmarks for monitoring and reporting
  7. Develop regional principles

Cool County Koala Project 2016

The “Cool Country Koala Project 2016” delivered systematic field based surveys in priority areas as identified in the Northern Tablelands Koala Recovery Strategy (NT KRS).

 The surveys served two specific outcomes:

  1. Ground truthing the quality and reliability of a subset of the priority areas identified in the NT KRS.
  2. Building community engagement momentum (based on participating private and public landholders) to support targeted future investment outcomes for threatened species and communities, and the basis for a community monitoring initiative. 

Survey results support the need for community members to report sightings! Either directly into the Atlas of Living Australia or by calling your local LLS office (e.g. call Carina on 6770 2000).

For more information on how you can be actively involved, head to the link below!

Cool County Koala Project 2016 Website

2017 NLP Community Grants

This project will deliver a round of small community grants to community groups, organisations and individuals to support events, training or capacity building activities that align that increase community resilience, including:

  • succession planning
  • governance
  • mentoring
  • planning sessions
  • leadership development
  • farmer to farmer / peer to peer information exchange to facilitate practice change
  • fostering regenerating community groups
  • partnership projects between community organisations, local government and/or schools

Applications have now closed for the 2017/18 National Landcare Programme (NLP) Community Grants - successful applications will be announced soon!