What has Landcare ACT been up to in 2016?

It’s been a busy year – nearly time to down tools…

Landcare ACT’s members (the Molonglo, Ginninderra and Southern ACT Catchment groups, ACT Rural Landholders’ Association and the Buru Ngunawal Aboriginal Corporation) have certainly been busy, as you might all aware, working to support you in your tireless and dedicated work.

Landcare ACT has also been busy this year – working to support you all, although you may not necessarily be quite so aware of that work – LACT’s limited resources have been put to use with a focus on doing rather than promoting – something to work on next year!

In the early part of the year we consulted our Members (and through them, you) to identify key issues for Landcarers in our region. This is summarised in Strengthening community Landcare for healthy ACT landscapes.

Since then we have focussed (especially in an ACT election year) on drawing attention to the value and importance of the work that you do to look after the places you care about.

We did this with all political persuasions before the election, have continued that dialogue after the election and will take it forward into 2017. This has also included writing to all Members of the Legislative Assembly about the importance of continuing support for community Landcare and recognising the important role of the catchment groups in supporting the community.

We have also been part of national efforts, as part of the National Landcare Network, to promote community Landcare and ensure ongoing Australian Government commitment to Landcare, as the National Landcare Program comes to an end in mid 2018.

We would like to thank the whole Landcare community in the ACT and recognise the wonderful work that you all do in looking after the ACT.

Our best wishes for the holiday season – we look forward to working with you in the New Year.

A joint meeting of Landcare ACT’s Board and Members Council (L to R) Jonathan Miller (Board Chair), Jim Adams (CEO NLN), Glenys Patulny (Board), Peter Gullet (Members Council), Karen Williams (Board), Martine Franco (Members Council), Catherine Keirnan (Board), Miranda Gardner (Members Council), Karissa Preuss (Members Council), Wally Bell (Board and Members Council). Absent: Sandy Lolicato (Board), Jann White (Board), Megan Dixon (Members Council), Lynton Bond (Board)

Who is LandcareACT?

LandcareACT is peak body for landcare in the ACT region to help support and promote the over 60 community groups who help look after urban parklands, countryside, nature reserves and waterways.

The foundation members of LACT are the ACT region’s three catchment groups, Ginninderra, Molonglo and Southern ACT, the Rural Landholders Association and the Buru-Ngunawal Aboriginal Corporation.

LandcareACT is a company limited by guarantee with a skill-based Board of Directors, supported by member representatives on the Members Council. LandcareACT is part of the National Landcare Network along with the landcare peak bodies from each State and Territory. The role of LACT is established in the Constitution and our activities are guided by a guided by a Strategic Plan.

LandcareACT was initiated by the ACT’s three catchment groups who provide support for many landcare groups across the ACT and in surrounding NSW. It will be inclusive of rural landholders in the region and the local Aboriginal community.

Development of LandcareACT is being funded by the Australian Government.

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