What We Do

NENW Landcare has the following roles:

Role 1: To be a forum for exchange between the Networks

  • Act as a communication conduit and ‘support group’ for the Networks
  • Share resources and ideas between the Networks
  • Source financial support for the Networks

Role 2: To identify improved NRM delivery models

  • Identify opportunities for inter-Network projects and natural resource management (NRM) collaboration
  • Make effective use of the range of skills and resources within the networks
  • Communicate the community’s issues to a range of organisations and government agencies

Role 3: To be a conduit between the Networks and Local Land Services

  • Represent the community’s capacity to deliver NRM outcomes
  • Advise Local Land Services (LLS) regarding community support
  • Act as a united voice and gain strength from numbers
  • Answer requests from the LLS and vice-versa
  • Represent the Networks’ objectives to the LLS
  • Secure direct recognition of Landcare and the Networks from the LLS

What is Landcare?

Landcare is a grassroots environmental movement organised into groups and organisations – some are purely voluntary with half a dozen members, while others are substantial organisations that employ paid staff and operate with significant budgets (taken from the Landcare NSW website).
The aim of landcare is to help coordinate and fund efforts by community, government and business in protecting and preserving the local environment.

Landcare volunteers work across farmland, bushland, parkland, beaches, national parks, rivers, dunes, creeks, Crown land, public land, private land, forests, travelling stock routes.

Whose land do we work on?

  • Local council land – Many councils have very well organised and supportive ‘bushcare’ programs that are usually a great starting point.
  • Crown land – some crown land is managed by local government and so the above still applies. However, if the land is not managed by council you will need to get permission from Crown Lands.
  • School or church land – Forming a dedicated committee or working group is a great way to ensure everyone is on the same page in this instance.
  • Private land – this is the traditional model of landcare. It sees neighbours uniting to remove weeds and plant trees in their local area. This can be both a formal or informal group. See the information below on incorporating for more details.
  • Community Title land - a landcare group is a great way to manage common land in a community title development. You will need to ensure you have permission from the strata committee and that the corporate body's insurance covers your activities.
  • Other land such as Water NSW or Roads & Maritime Services land - You can only work on a government agency’s land with permission from that agency. This can sometimes be difficult to obtain. Some sites also require special permits, for example, group members may be required to obtain a “Work safely in the construction industry” certificate (White Card).