VICTORIAN LANDCARE FACILITATOR INITIATIVE - FIVE POSITIONS NOW OPERATING
Proactive Landcare networks across the region have joined forces with the Mallee Catchment Management Authority (CMA) to employ Landcare Facilitators for Landcare Consortiums and Groups across the Mallee.
Four of these facilitators will coordinate a number of Landcare groups in a consortium arrangement to help them become increasingly active and self supporting in protecting the Victorian Mallee environment.
Four full-time positions are now in place - one each based in Mildura, Hopetoun, Manangatang and Birchip and one part-time position based in Murrayville.
MALLEE REGIONAL LANDCARE NETWORK
The Mallee Regional Landcare Program has been running since the late 1980s, with 27 active Landcare groups located in the Mallee Catchment Management Authority region of Victoria. Landcare groups in the Mallee maintain some form of regular activity and continue to undertake a wide range of activities in community development and natural resource management.
From our first Landcare group, Millewa Carwarp (established 1988), to the newest Red Cliffs (established 2011), Landcare in the Mallee has played an instrumental role in proactively managing our natural resources in both the dryland and irrigated areas.Many groups formed due to the issues of rabbits and weeds initially. Salinity, soil conservation and biodiversity issues have evolved and continued to propel the Landcare movement into the 21st century.
To mark the beginning of Landcare Week the Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith has released the Victorian Landcare Program Strategic Plan, which will guide the Victorian Government's key program of support to strengthen Landcare, i.e. the Victorian Landcare Program.More