A strong voice and strong support for Victorian Landcare
Vale The Hon. Bob Hawke AC
When the earth is spoiled, humanity and all living things are diminished. We have taken too much from the earth and given back too little. It's time to say enough is enough. Today's announcements won't solve everything. But with the right mix of political commitment and community support we can ensure that our country is simply the best in the world. This is our country, our future.
- Bob Hawke launching the ‘Decade of Landcare’, 20 July 1989
Landcare Victoria Inc. endorses the memorial statements from Landcare Australia and the National Landcare Network, acknowledging the vision of the late Bob Hawke for committing the Australian Government to support ‘Landcare’.
The name ‘Landcare’ evolved in Victoria through an initiative of Joan Kirner, (then Minister for Conservation, Forests and Lands) and Heather Mitchell, (then President of the Victorian Farmers Federation). In 1989 the national Landcare movement officially began with Rick Farley of the National Farmers Federation and Phillip Toyne of the Australian Conservation Foundation, successfully encouraging the Hawke Government to commit to the emerging movement.
Landcare grew into a national programme in July 1989 when the Australian Government, with bipartisan support, announced that 1990 would be the Year of Landcare, and the 1990s the Decade of Landcare. 1989 was also the year that the not-for-profit organisation Landcare Australia was formed.
In his speech to launch the Decade of Landcare, Bob Hawke spoke about the importance of co-operation to care for the land. “The degradation of our environment is not simply a local problem, nor a problem for one state or another, nor for the Commonwealth alone. Rather, the damage being done to our environment is a problem for us all – and not just government- but for of us individually and together."
Over these 30 years, Landcare has continued to play a leading role in managing sustainable agricultural practices, environmental protection, and conservation of land, waterways, coasts, biodiversity and landscapes. Bob Hawke has championed Landcare since its inception. His legacy to protect the environment, is that Landcare is now one of the largest volunteer movements in Australia with thousands of people and countless communities working together to solve local environmental issues that benefit all Australians.
Bob Hawke Memorial Statement - Landcare Australia
Bob Hawke Commemorative Statement - National Landcare Network
To view the above statements, go to - https://www.landcarevic.org.au/groups/state/lvi/landcare-remembers-bob-hawke/
Celebrating 30 Years of Landcare Nationally
Marking the 30th anniversary in Melbourne today, Senator the Hon. Bridget McKenzie, Minister for Agriculture launched the national Landcare 30-year anniversary celebrations to an audience which included local members, LVI Chair David Clark and many notable landcarers who have been involved since the formation of the moment in Victoria in 1986. Click into news item for further details, including links to the full media release and a feature on ABC's 7.30
Social media workshop - VEFN - 13 July, Melbourne
Social Media has become a major means of communication to the public for recruiting, activity event promotion, and information. LVI partners, the Victorian Environmental Friends Network (VEFN) are inviting Landcare groups to join their Social Media Workshop on 13 July. Click into news item for further information and/or to register.
2019 Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants Closing 21 June 2019!
Landcare Australia in partnership with DELWP are offering grants of up to $5,000 each in the 2019 round in support of Victorian schools, childcare centres, Scouts, Girl Guides and youth groups. The 2019 grants provide an opportunity to secure funding to engage young Victorians in outdoor, hands-on, on-ground projects and environmental learning activities that provide both environmental and educational outcomes, as well as health and social benefits. Click into news item for further details and/or to apply.
2019 State and Territory Landcare Awards: Reminder - Nominations extended until 11 July!
Landcare Australia is inviting nominations for the 2019 State and Territory Landcare Awards which recognises individuals and groups across the country for their outstanding contributions to preserving the unique Australian landscape. Click into news item or visit the Landcare Australia website for further details.
Landcarers recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours
Landcare Victoria Inc. is delighted to congratulate members Mrs Eileen Collins (Chiltern Landcare Group) and Mrs Audrey Drechsler (Axe Creek Catchment Landcare Group) who were recognised in the recent 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours. Full details are available at honours.pmc.gov.au.