Building the capacity of Landcare and community groups

In March 2015, the NSW Government announced $15 million in funding over four years to build the capacity of Landcare groups. This funding is to be delivered as the NSW Local Landcare Coordinators’ Initiative.

In June 2015, the Commission provided advice to Government on how this funding may be delivered.

As this funding is additional to investment already provided by Local Land Services to Landcare and other community groups, the Commission was asked to conduct a baseline study to determine Local Land Services’ expenditure on Landcare and community groups in 2014-15.

Landcare baseline study

The Commission conducted a baseline study to determine Local Land Services’ expenditure on Landcare and community groups in 2014-15. This study forms part of the monitoring and evaluation component of the Local Landcare Coordinators’ Initiative.

Government intended that the Local Landcare Coordinators’ Initiative would deliver additional funding to Landcare and community groups, and would not displace any support that was previously provided to these organisations through Local Land Services.

The Commission’s baseline will:

  • allow changes in the amount of Local Land Services expenditure to be assessed during the delivery of the Local Landcare Coordinators’ Initiative
  • provide assurance that this new funding does not replace existing Local Land Services expenditure on Landcare and community groups
  • improve clarity around how Local Land Services supports Landcare and community groups.

2015-19 NSW Local Landcare Coordinators’ Initiative

The 2015-2019 Local Landcare Coordinators Initiative is a NSW Government program that aims to help local Landcare and other community-based groups build their capacity in on-ground environmental and sustainable agriculture projects.

The program is delivering $15 million in funding over four years, with the majority of funds going to community-based local coordinator positions.

In May 2015, the Minister for Primary Industries asked the Commission to facilitate a roundtable process with Landcare NSW, Local Land Services, Department of Primary Industries and Office of Environment and Heritage to collaboratively develop a model for delivering this funding.

In June 2015, the Commission provided advice to the Minister on how the $15 million initiative may be delivered. The Minister accepted the Commission’s recommendations.

The purpose of the program is to maintain and build community capacity, consistently across NSW. The key elements of the program are:

  • a network of locally based coordinators who will work with local Landcare groups and other volunteer conservation groups
  • a centralised support team to provide state-wide coordination
  • transitioning the Landcare network towards becoming financially self-sustaining.