Advancing Landcare Pilot Project
Investment from successive governments in a Victorian Landcare Program has resourced many landcare networks with part-time staff, and landcare groups with project funding via competitive grant processes. However, investment in group capacity and capability to access, administer and manage funding, staff and projects remains a need of the sector.
By strengthening organisational and governance capacities of groups, they will be able to effectively deliver strong biodiversity outcomes into the future and improve retention and recruitment of volunteers.
The purpose of this project is to strengthen Landcare groups by tailoring training to their needs in a useful, dynamic, meaningful, and diverse structure utilising existing and new resources.
The project will deliver a range of activities, based on the professional development needs and priorities identified through consultation with member groups, landcare professionals, Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (formerly DELWP), and other environmental volunteer stakeholders.
The activities will be delivered across 2022/23 in the format of four workshops, eight webinars, and a series of written materials and will be based on existing data from various sources as well as targeted surveys and consultation with key groups.
Advancing Landcare Project Outcomes
Project outcomes will include:
- An increased understanding of the training and development needs of professional landcarers, their employers and Landcare organisations
- A better understanding about how and what communication and delivery methods work better
- A wide range of activities delivered to Landcare groups and their volunteers and professionals addressing their training needs
- Knowledge around how to access a wide range of activities and relevant information
- Stronger and more capable Landcare Groups
- An increased understanding by key stakeholders of what is currently available as training and development in Victoria
- An increased capacity to collaborate on coordinated delivery of professional landcarer and community training and development programs, now and in the future
- More connected landcare groups
- Peer-to-peer learning through workshops and webinars
- Strengthened communication and partnerships