Landcare is an amazing grass roots movement that harnesses individuals and groups under the ethic of caring for the land. It had its genesis in initiatives to improve agricultural productivity through sustainable land management. The movement has grown from this to a broader focus on sustainable management of all of Australia’s natural resource assets and now encompasses individuals and groups across the whole landscape from coastal to urban and remote areas of Australia. Landcare groups have formed all around Australia and in over 20 countries around the world.

The success of the Landcare model is due in part to its bottom up philosophy. A Landcare group usually starts when community members with common objectives connect over their observations of a local environmental issue. The bottom up model can be attributed to the inspiring contributions made by the passionate individuals who make up Australia’s Landcare movement. Their sense of stewardship, enduring commitment and deep appreciation for our natural environment is why Landcare exists today. Its people are its greatest asset.

care for wildlife

The concept of Landcare is so compatible with the Australian culture it’s hard not to get involved. It is often said that when you become a member of Landcare you don’t just inherit a new group of friends, you become part of a family. Landcare volunteers are connected via a special bond, a shared understanding and awareness that resonates through all members. Landcare volunteering imparts new skills and enables participants to be part of the solution, a chance to reverse some of the damage we have imposed.

Each year, thousands of ordinary Australians make extraordinary contributions to our land and coastline, there is a volunteering activity that is right for you. Volunteering is good for everybody. The environment benefits. the community benefits. And you, as an individual will benefit – from getting a healthy dose of exercise, from meeting new people or from feeling good about your contribution to our natural resources. Landcare groups appreciate any time you can spare, whether an hour a week or an hour a month, or once a year during Landcare Week.

river monitoring

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