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New positions boost region's Landcare capacity

The Murray Landcare community is set to welcome six part-time Local Landcare Coordinator positions to the region.

The new positions represent a major boost to the capacity of Landcare to engage with and assist local communities in sustainable agriculture and natural resource management projects.

Member for Albury, Mr Greg Aplin, has welcomed the initiative as a significant step forward for the Landcare community.

“I’m thrilled to see this occurring in our region,” he said. “Local Landcare groups are a valuable resource, and it’s great to see the employment of more people on the ground who are dedicated to improving the management of our natural resources.”

Holbrook Landcare Network is one of the six community organisations across the region to host one of the coordinators.

CEO Dale Stringer said he was excited to see what the new positions would achieve.

“All of the communities will have different needs and visions for the positions, but essentially it’s about having that extra support, capacity and expertise in Landcare within our communities,” he said.

“We’re really looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish.”

The other host groups include Yarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre (Deniliquin), Petaurus Education Group (Burrumbuttock), Western Murray Land Improvement Group (Wakool Shire), Rice Growers Association of Australia (Deniliquin) and Corowa District Landcare Group.

These groups have been essential in leading community-led sustainable agriculture and natural resource management initiatives across the Murray region.

Regional Landcare Facilitator, Edwina Hayes, is looking forward to seeing the value the coordinators will add to Landcare efforts locally.

“I’m really excited about the opportunities this brings to support the efforts of the many Landcare groups, producer groups, Aboriginal organisations and peri-urban natural resource management groups we have operating across our region,” she said.

The Landcare Coordinator positions are funded under the NSW Government’s four-year $15 million Local Landcare Coordinators Initiative, designed to renew the government-community relationship and unlock the potential of the thousands of volunteers in the Landcare network.

The coordinators will also work closely with the Murray Regional Landcare Facilitator and Murray Local Land Services, adding value to the delivery of the NSW Government’s investment through Catchment Action NSWand the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

For more information, or to get involved with your local Landcare group, please contact Edwina Hayes, Murray Regional Landcare Facilitator on 0427 267 753, or Andrew Cooper, Murray Local Land Services, 02 6051 2230.