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New Local Landcare Coordinators hold first meeting at Stockton

Local Land Services and Landcare NSW will train more than 60 people at Stockton next week, as part of the NSW
Government’s four-year $15 million Local Landcare Coordinators initiative.

The 60 part-time 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 facilitated by the
Natural Resources Commission.

The group will gather at Stockton RSL from Monday 21 to Wednesday 23 March and they will be joined by
representatives of the 62 community-based organisations that will host the coordinators over a 3.5 year period.

Chair of Local Land Services, Tim de Mestre has welcomed the new appointments as part of an initiative to
increase the effective participation of voluntary, community-based groups and networks, landholders and the
wider community in natural resource management activities.

“The Local Landcare Coordinators Initiative aims to support the network of hard-working volunteers in local
communities to manage and restore the natural environment, improve the sustainability of agricultural production
and build the resilience of communities,” Mr de Mestre said.

“This event is the first step in building a community of practice across the state to make Landcare and
environmental volunteer groups stronger.”

Chair of Landcare NSW, Rob Dulhunty said next week’s induction and training program kicks off a community of
practice across NSW to share skills and knowledge, and to generate ideas and innovation.

“Over three days, the coordinators and their host organisations will learn about the program and the role they will
play in building its value and legacy,” Mr Dulhunty said.

“The training they receive has been designed to build the capacity of their local groups and networks and to
create a platform to share ideas and experiences.”

“The community of practice will help build the activity and effectiveness of the network of volunteers we have
across NSW by developing a consistent approach to community capacity building and a central resource for
collecting and collating information.”

The workshop will be opened at 12.30pm on Monday 21 March by Mr Dulhunty and Tim Ferraro, Executive
Manager of Local Land Services. Mr de Mestre will deliver the closing remarks at noon on Wednesday 23 March.

ENDS

Media contact:
Kate Andrews, Local Land Services 0403 604 823
Leigh McLaughlin, Landcare NSW 0412 234 832