Our AGM in April was a roaring success. The crew from SERCUL, Armadale Gosnells Landcare, Bungendore Park, Armadale Wildflower Society and Settlers Common Education Centre laid on a great day with an excellent venue, displays, great food, guided walks and field trips.
It’s been a particularly busy few months for our colleagues at the National Landcare Network. There has been a strong dialogue with the Commonwealth Government on the need for more on-ground funding. Discussions are ongoing as to when the extra $100 million for the National Landcare Program allocated in December will become available, and of course the Budget outcome was better than feared. The key issue remains the Commonwealth’s allocation of these funds, and NLN and Landcare Australia Ltd is working closely with the relevant Departments to influence the final decisions.
WALN Chair Keith Bradby and Contractor Louise Duxbury recently attended a meeting with Federal Minister for Environment and Energy Josh Frydenburg and NLN members. Louise messaged back “Positive Canberra meeting of the National Landcare Network Board with Minister Fydenburg, 24 May.
The state awards are a stepping stone for the National landcare Awards, last year six out of nine national awards went to WA groups and champions. Lets try and keep them heading our way! Nominations close 26th June.
Dear volunteer: It all starts by understanding that something needs to be done. Something could be a bit better and you want to do something about it. Whether it’s a bare patch of land, a heap of weeds, an eroded bank or dune. In thousands of different ways over thousands of different places, thousands of people end up caring for this country each and every year. Read More
Landcare can breathe a sigh of relief with the recent federal budget announcement – secured funding of $1.1 billion over the next 5 years is very welcomed! There is however a net reduction in funding from previous years ($1 billion over 4 years and inclusion of new projects) but perhaps not as much as we feared.
The details of how the funding will be allocated are still to be finalised and we’ll keep you posted.