Membership mapping and networks

Mapping the groups and networks in the Hunter and identifying membership issues

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Membership mapping and networks

Mapping the groups and networks in the Hunter and identifying membership issues

The issue

Landcarer, landcare groups and networks across the Hunter region have a diverse range of structures and formal and informal relationships with each other, and work on diverse landscapes. The HRLN identified a need to develop a regional picture and position on Landcare and clarify the membership structures and relationships that supports land managers, and Landcarers across the region. This is Activity 1 in the 2016 LLCI Action Plan.

The solution

24th August, the Hunter Region’s Local Landcare Coordinator Initiative hosted a Landcare membership workshop in the Hunter Region Landcare Network’s office at the Hunter Wetlands Centre. Representatives from 18 groups and organisations attended from all areas of the Hunter Region.  The workshop focused on:

  • Clarifying the role of a network/s
  • Map existing networks and relationships, both geographically and organisationaly
  • Identify issues, gaps, obstacles and opportunities in relationship to Landcare membership by individuals, groups and networks.
  • Identify gaps and opportunities for new networks

The impact

People from disparate groups had the opportunity to meet and share experiences so that everyone got to see how diverse and rich Landcare is in the Hunter Region. It was particular valuable to share the regional history of Landcare  and give context to the network structure that exists today.

Agreement was reached to continue to work together to increase understanding and to collaborate with a view to creating more formal bonds.

Learnings

Landcare in the Hunter is extremely diverse as are the landscape and land management issues they work on, and this diversity is reflected in a diversity of membership and group structures. There is a genuine interest in working more closely to support each other.

Key facts

  • Landcare in the Hunter is extremely diverse
  • Landcare in the Hunter has a long history and a bright future