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Local Landcare Coordinators share, learn and connect

Share, learn and connect was the theme of a workshop involving more than 60 recently-appointed Local Landcare Coordinators at Stockton last month, including five representatives from the Greater Sydney region.

The coordinators were among 180 people from Landcare and volunteer conservation groups across NSW that will host the coordinators over a 3.5 year period as part of the NSW Government’s $15 million Local Landcare Coordinators Initiative.

State Landcare Coordinator with Landcare NSW, Sonia Williams, said the connections that people formed at the workshop will provide peer support and information sharing opportunities to improve the results achieved on the ground over the next three years.

“This initiative is all about supporting the network of hard-working volunteers in local communities who manage and restore the natural environment, improve the sustainability of agricultural production and build the resilience of communities,” Ms Williams said.

The coordinators have been appointed to help build and support Landcare and community networks across the state, in a program jointly managed by Local Land Services and Landcare NSW and include Elisha Duxbury, Xuela Sledge, Sonia Lee the Greater Sydney region.

Landcare Program Manager, Local Land Services, Kate Andrews said that by the end of the induction workshop there was a clear sense of excitement.

“The workshop was a great example of the partnership between Landcare NSW and Local Land Services, and set the scene for collaboration throughout the life of the project. Bringing together hundreds of years of experience to build a community of practice across the state will make Landcare and environmental volunteer groups stronger, and contribute to the goals of Local Land Services,” Dr Andrews said

Media contact: Kate Andrews, Local Land Services 0403 604 823,  Sonia Williams, Landcare NSW 0411 113 590