Partnerships and funding
We work with a diverse range of partners to achieve our vision of resilient communities in productive and healthy landscapes.
National Landcare Program
Local Land Services is part of the network of regional organisations to help deliver the National Landcare Program.
The National Landcare Program is a nationwide effort to address problems such as:
- loss of vegetation
- soil degradation
- introduced pest weeds and animals
- changes in water quality and flows and
- changes in fire regimes.
Local Land Services works in partnership with Landcare NSW to deliver programs and actions to support Landcare volunteers. The two organisations signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2015 that strengthens the partnership for the benefit of communities and landscaped across NSW.
Local Landcare Coordinators Initiative
One of the key projects aligned to this partnership is the $15 million Local Landcare Coordinators Initiative, announced in 2015.
This four year project is designed to renew the government-community relationship and unlock the full potential of the thousands of volunteers in the Landcare Network. The initiative is jointly managed by Local Land Services and Landcare NSW and facilitated by the Natural Resources Commission.
The Local Landcare Coordinators Initiative is structured to deliver three primary components:
- Local Coordinators: working with networks to build capacity and foster great action.
- Community of Practice: mentoring, support and networking to help land carers share, communicate and learn from each other.
- Sustaining Landcare: building a stable financial footing for landcare into the future.
Catchment Action NSW
Catchment Action NSW is a NSW State Government natural resource management initiative. The Catchment Action NSW is a program funded by the NSW Government to deliver its natural resource management priorities. For Local Land Services, the responsibility lies in investing this funding to deliver on-ground outcomes for communities and the environment across NSW.
The funding invested by this initiative supports our work to improve and maintain a healthy landscape for the future of the NSW environment, landowners and farmers.
Department of Primary Industries
We work in partnership with the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) to deliver locally-relevant research to farmers and landholders.
Our officers work with DPI Industry Development Officers across NSW, including experts in agronomy, livestock, horticulture, irrigation, soils and climate, to ensure the latest industry knowledge and practices are delivered to customers.
Local Land Services works in partnership with local councils to ensure best practice management of natural resources, including weed management and pest control in areas regarding council laws.
We provide guidelines, training and incentive programs and assists councils with weed and pest management plans for landowners across NSW.
Our funding sources
The services we provide are funded in a variety of ways.
The NSW Government provides funding through a Treasury grant to fund our core functions and through the Catchment Action NSW program.
Catchment Action NSW funding was $19.3 million in 2017-18 and supports regionally-delivered projects to address state natural resource management
priorities, including support for biodiversity, native vegetation, threatened species and Aboriginal cultural heritage outcomes.
The Australian Government is an important funding partner, primarily through the National Landcare Program.
The program helps drive sustainable agriculture, as well as supporting the protection, conservation and rehabilitation of Australia’s natural environment.
In 2017-18 the National Landcare Program provided $27.1 million to Local Land Services. Ratepayers also contribute significantly to funding our biosecurity, livestock health and welfare services. Market access and healthy and productive industries rely on these services.
In 2017-18 Local Land Services received $39.4 million in rates revenue.
Private industry partnerships and investments also contribute to our work. Regions also have locally specific funding, such as the Hunter Catchment Contribution in the Hunter region.