Looking At Landcare (1/12/2022) – Positive Outcomes in the Central West for Private Land Conservation Project

Hi Landcarer’s

On behalf of the Central West Landcare Region, Marg Applebee was pleased to present the outcomes Private Land Conservation Project for the region at the State Meeting last month.

Landcare NSW and the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust (BCT) have worked with regional Landcare networks to raise awareness and support private land conservation efforts across the NSW.

The program has built on, and furthered the successful work already undertaken by the NSW Landcare community and the strength of partnerships and understanding of the importance of biodiversity at a grass roots level.

Key objectives of the project include:

  • Building understanding and capacity between the BCT and local Landcare groups to complement each other’s knowledge and skills and plan how to work together.
  • Building biodiversity conservation knowledge with landholders through communication and education initiatives. This will be delivered through grant funding to eligible groups who wish to participate.
  • Increase the participation of landholders in private land conservation programs.

Across the state, Regional Landcare Networks have been funded to develop networking, education and communication activities with private landholders. These projects have built understanding of private land conservation and increased opportunities for regional Landcare and BCT staff and volunteers to meet and share their knowledge and skills.

Private landholders were provided with opportunities to network, participate in education and training activities and share their stories of conservation on their own land.

Protecting Precious Patches in the Central West region has enabled education, enhanced and supported biodiversity conservation in the region. This project has targeted specific areas where biodiversity management actions are already in place and match those to the Local Landcare group and local coordinator’s on ground knowledge to created purposeful events which have grown awareness and built skill sets.

Six Landcare groups across the Central West region worked to deliver a range of workshops and events promoting biodiversity and the Biodiversity Conservation Trust (BCT). Delivery has been in partnership with: Central West Lachlan Landcare; Lake Cargelligo Landcare; Coonamble Landcare; Narromine Landcare; Dunedoo-Coolah Landcare and Condobolin Landcare.

The impact of significant weather in some areas has provided challenges to Coordinators to deliver, with a couple of regional projects still planned for delivery.

Activities included 14 events and we are looking forward to being able to expand these events and opportunities in the year ahead. Local coordinators should be very proud of what has been delivered across the Central West Landcare region.

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