A strong voice and strong support for Victorian Landcare
Landcare Victoria Inc. welcomes the Victorian Environment Minister Lily D'Ambrosio’s announcement that the Victorian Government will provide funding of $13 million to help support 80 part time landcare facilitators over the next three years under the State’s Victorian Landcare Facilitator Program.
Eighty facilitators support around 650 Landcare and environmental volunteering groups and networks across the state to plan and deliver on-ground works to engage local communities in landcare programs that include biodiversity protection, pest and weed management, sustainable agriculture and disaster management.
Facilitator and Landcare Victoria Inc. Board member Scott Elliott commented, “The Victorian Landcare Facilitator Program underwrites the most important on-ground environmental works in the state. I would encourage DELWP to work collaboratively with facilitators over the course of the program to identify opportunities for further support and funding. Facilitators are the glue that hold Landcare groups and networks together, without us landcare would certainly go into decline”.
A report ‘Landcare Return on Investment: Cost-benefit analysis of the Victorian Landcare Facilitator Program’ found that the $4 million per annum Victorian Government’s Landcare Facilitators Program generates $31 million in value – Victorian Landcare groups and their facilitators are estimated to return more than seven dollars for every dollar invested.
The results show that facilitators play a crucial ‘leveraging’ role, by amplifying the scope and scale of landcare activities for regional communities. They also bring together the community to foster social cohesion, as the findings of the report suggest an attributable net benefit of the facilitators to be $87 million across the state.
Landcare Victoria Inc. CEO, Andrew Maclean commented, "Landcare Victoria Inc recognises the need to support the great work facilitators do to generate even more value from the program in support of the landcare community. Rolling out a program of professional development activities is a priority for the coming year.”
Landcare Victoria Inc. serves the landcare community within Victoria, representing around 600 member groups.
16th July 2021
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LVI News - September 2021
The LVI Newsletter for September is now available. Click into the news item for an update from the CEO, for information on support available to groups, to access policy and planning highlights relevant to Landcare and to read about what is happening at Landcare Victoria Inc.
LVI News - August 2021
The LVI Newsletter for August is now available. Click into the news item for an update from the CEO, for information on support available to groups, to access policy and planning highlights relevant to Landcare and to read about what is happening at Landcare Victoria Inc.