National Landcare Support

National Landcare Network

The National Landcare Network (NLN) was formed to be a representative voice for the tens of thousands of Australians who freely give their time to care for our lands and waters. It is run by a Board and an advisory council, both of which are made up of volunteers from across the country.

We aim to tell a collective story that reflects the shared experiences of Landcarers across Australia, and advocate for the Landcare movement to enable it to continue its essential work building resilient and productive landscapes, and protecting our natural environment.

Our Board is responsible for organisational governance and strategy. The Members Council, which consists of skilled and passionate landcarers from across the country, is where NLN members debate the issues facing on-ground volunteers and determine policies and strategic projects for the organisation. The Members Council enables the NLN to be a direct conduit from grassroots Landcare to policy makers and other national stakeholders.

Each state and territory has its own landcare organisation whose job it is to advocate for grassroots Landcare. These organisations are all members of the NLN, and nominate representatives to sit on its governing bodies.

Landcare Australia

From its humble beginning in 1985 as an initiative of Joan Kirner – then Minister for Conservation, Forest and Lands – to encourage a sustainable, integrated approach to agriculture and environmental management through local community groups, the Landcare movement has become the biggest environmental management movement in the country.

With the collaboration and support of federal and state government, corporate partners and local Landcare communities, there are now over 5,400 Landcare and Coastcare groups across the country, and over 20 countries have now adopted the Landcare model that was developed here in Australia.

The keystones of Landcare are that it is community owned and driven, it encourages integrated management of environmental assets with productive farmland, and it promotes a more sustainable approach to private land management.