WA Landcare Network - About Us

The WA Landcare Network formed out of a Community Forum held in Perth in May 2013, hosted by the NLN.  In May 2014, WALN was formally incorporated as a not-for-profit organisation with a foundation membership of 10 community groups. As of January 2017 there were 51 member groups. WALN operates with an Executive Committee of five to seven members who work with contracted staff to provide benefits to members and raise the profile of landcare in WA.

The WALN Constitution defines landcare as:

any activity contributing to the improvement of the natural environment. The natural environment includes urban and rural bush, waterways, wetlands, natural parks, reserves, agricultural landscapes, and soils.

2017 WALN Team (from L-R) Keith Bradby, Ken Downsborough, Pat Hart, Louise Duxbury, Blair Darvill, Helen Watkins. Missing Lisa Potter and Jo Ludbrook. Photo: Kim Sarti
2017 WALN Team (from L-R) Keith Bradby, Ken Downsborough, Pat Hart, Louise Duxbury, Blair Darvill, Helen Watkins. Missing Lisa Potter and Jo Ludbrook. Photo: Kim Sarti

Our Achievements

Since 2014 we have conducted a wide range of activities this includes;

  • Representing WALN on the National Landcare Network Council and Board, providing input and advocating for improved federal support to community landcare. www.landcarewa.org.au
  • Developed working relationship with State NRM Office
  • Developed Statement of Common Purpose with NRM regions WA
  • Hosted two annual community landcare forums
  • Commissioned background report ‘Community Landcare in WA’ (include brief description and link)
  • Released a reforms proposal “A brighter future for landcare in WA” outlining key changes required
  • Drafted a Major Party Landcare Commitments scorecard for members and stakeholders as part of 2017 WA State Election.
  • Commissioned State of Landcare Report

Vision

A supported network of diverse community organisations working together to address Western Australia’s most challenging environmental problems and building communities able to respond positively to changes; resulting in a natural environment with fully functional ecosystems, a sustainable and productive agricultural system; and healthy, happy and resilient communities.

Mission

``To establish an operating and useful landcare network in Western Australia that supports and strengthens the ability of member groups to undertake their work and have strong state, national public and private support and involvement.``

Principles

  • The network is open to all organisations contributing to landcare efforts.
  • Information from network members will be regularly gathered to make decisions and advocate based on a real-time understanding of what’s happening on the ground.
  • We will use a range of guiding principles to provide clarity and quality control on our operation.
  • Collaboration is values as a key route to maximising effectiveness.
  • Responsiveness to members and all community groups.
  • Clarity of purpose informed from member input.
  • An independent voice.

WA Landcare Constitution

WA Landcare Strategic Plan