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Applications open for Local Landcare Coordinator positions

Local Land Services and Landcare NSW are calling for applications from eligible local organisations to host up to 60 part-time Local Landcare Coordinator positions as part of the NSW Government's $15 million 2015-19 NSW Local Landcare Coordinator Initiative.

The nitiative will provide a network of locally-based coordinators to work with Landcare groups and networks to build capacity and connections within their communities.

It has been designed to increase the effectiveness of the Landcare network, extend the coverage of Landcare throughout NSW and to focus on finding a sustainable model to ensure the network's future viability.

Acting Chair of the Local Land Services Board of Chairs, Alex Anthony said the local coordinators were part of a NSW Government commitment to improve the management of our natural environment.

"These coordinators will be hosted by local organisations and will work closely with the Landcare movement to build community capacity and resilience," she said.

"By increasing the resources available at the local level and offering centralised support, we will allow the volunteer effort to continue and let the people who are passionate about on-ground works focus their efforts," she said.

Chair of Landcare NSW, Rob Dulhunty said that by working with their host organisations, Local Landcare Coordinators would be able to build the capacity and connectedness of their local communities.

"With the Landcare Community of Practice supporting them, they will not only have access to training, information and communication networks but will also be able to focus on restoring local sites - which is why many of these volunteers became involved in Landcare in the first place," he said.

The $15 million Local Landcare Coordinator Initiative will also see the establishment of a Landcare Future Fund to investigate potential funding options, as well as a Community of Practice to provide centralised training and support.

Funding of $50,000 per year will available to host organisations over a 3.5 year period to engage a part-time coordinator.

Application guidelines can be downloaded from Completed applications must be emailed by 5pm on Wednesday 14 October 2015.

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Donna Ambler 0400 258 690