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Apply now for the 2015 NSW Landcare awards - Partnerships with Landcare

The Australian Government Partnerships with Landcare Award will be made to a local or regional authority for innovation and excellence in creating partnerships with their Landcare community. Local or regional authorities in this award category may include a local council, natural resource management regional body, or another local or regional agency.

Three finalists will be selected in 2015, with one of the finalists being selected to become the NSW nominee for the 2016 National Landcare Awards.

In 2013 the following nominees were the NSW Finalists.

  • High Country Urban Biodiversity Project

The High Country Urban Biodiversity project (HiCUB) was the largest urban environmental project undertaken on the Northern Tablelands. Four Councils - Walcha, Uralla, Armidale-Dumaresq and Guyra - contracted Southern New England Landcare (SNEL) to deliver the project in the urban towns and villages of Walcha, Uralla, Kentucky, Armidale, Ebor, Guyra and Ben Lomond between 2009 and 2012. This unique Council-Community partnership delivered significant on-ground works, engaged broad sections of the community and build trust and capacity among Councils, community organisations and the broader communities.

  • Kempsey Correctional Services - Mobile Outreach Team (pictured)

Kempsey Shire Council and Kempsey Correctional Services- Mobile Outreach Program (MOP) and Landcare have joined together to form a 3 way mutually beneficial collaborative partnership. Landcare and Kempsey Council have traditionally worked in partnership to support natural resource management (NRM) projects and support local Landcare groups. Since the initiation of the MOP Team this partnership has been strengthened through resources and labour provided by the team, an increase in ability for projects to move forward, more support directly to Landcare groups working on public lands and to the offenders in work experience, training and social opportunities and NRM skills.

  • The City of Newcastle

The City of Newcastle undertook a revitalisation of its volunteer program incorporating over 20 ‘care’ groups who are involved in various natural resource management activities including bushland regeneration and revegetation, dune stabilisation and plant propagation. The revitalisation of the program involved bringing all the groups and individuals together under the one banner of Landcare. This exercise strengthened partnerships with the Hunter Region Landcare Network for improving network working, sharing of information and resources, and to be more actively involved in holistic NRM outcomes for the Hunter region.

The selection criteria for the Partnerships in Landcare award in 2015 are:

  1. How has the organisation or authority developed strong partnerships with Landcare groups/networks to ensure community engagement and involvement in achieving outstanding natural resource management outcomes? You will need to include a copy of or excerpt from your authority's engagement and communication strategy.
  2. Describe how the organisation or authority has engaged with Landcare or community groups in innovative ways to support or address its priorities.
  3. Demonstrate how the organisation or authority used a multi-disciplinary approach in planning and partnership development. The authority should show how they have incorporated environmental/production, community/social and financial strategies for achieving outstanding natural resource management outcomes.
  4. How has the organisation or authority linked Landcare initiatives with other groups or programs including other agencies, businesses, organisations, neighbours, schools and community groups? Provide copies or excerpts from plans and / or list cooperative projects.
  5. Applicants must include two letters from Landcare groups/networks that acknowledge how the organisation or authority has partnered with the group/network to improve capacity and increase participation in on-ground work.
  6. Describe any challenges the organisation or authority has faced in the development and implementation of this Landcare partnership and the strategies used to address these challenges.

Please click here to submit an online nomination on the Landcare Australia website

Applications for all NSW award categories close 31 May 2015. Don't miss out!