Local Landcare Coordinator – Upper Hunter

Muswellbrook Shire Council saw the appointment for a Local Landcare Coordinator in the Upper Hunter as a great partnership opportunity to maximize the shire’s Landcare potential.

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Local Landcare Coordinator – Upper Hunter

Muswellbrook Shire Council saw the appointment for a Local Landcare Coordinator in the Upper Hunter as a great partnership opportunity to maximize the shire’s Landcare potential.

The issue

Over recent years Landcare has lost momentum in the Upper Hunter, with very few active groups functioning in any capacity. While groups such as Martindale Creek Catchment Landcare do a great job at representing the Landcare movement, there is still a large gap to fill.

With the agricultural and mining industries dominating the Upper Hunter, there has been little interest in Landcare, especially when compared to the more heavily populated coastal areas. Often land owners manage large areas, are time-poor, and are skeptical or unaware of the benefits that Landcare can have on land productivity.

The solution

With the aim of building and enhancing the capacity and connectivity of Landcare groups and networks, the Landcare Coordinator Program was recently rolled out across NSW. When a Local Landcare Coordinator for the Upper Hunter was proposed, Muswellbrook Shire Council decided that this was a great opportunity to help reinvigorate Landcare in the region. The value of having local community members  looking after natural areas is widely known and appreciated, and through a partnership Muswellbrook Shire Council were able to create a full-time position dedicated to supporting Landcare in the Upper Hunter.

The impact

Nicholas Alexander, the Local Landcare Coordinator for the Upper Hunter is passionate about returning a focus to the importance of good land management practices and protecting our natural areas. He has successfully coordinated events such as plantings for National Tree Day 2016, and Paddle ‘n’ Plant, a Threatened Species Day event aimed at assisting in the recovery of River Red Gums in the Hunter Valley. With the creation of four new Landcare groups in the works, he is hopeful for the future of Landcare in the Upper Hunter.

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Key facts

  • Partnership between Landcare and Local Government
  • Full-time Local Landcare Coordinator for the Upper Hunter
  • Coordinating events such as National Tree Day & Paddle ‘n’ Plant
  • 4 potential new Landcare groups in the pipeline

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