About K2C

Donations to K2C are tax deductible

You may assist K2C by making a tax deductible donation EITHER BY

Direct debit to K2C Incorporated, BSB: 032 724, Acc. No: 29-6755 (please include sufficient info so that we may identify you) OR

Send cheque to Tony Robinson, 229 Mt Livingstone Rd, Michelago, NSW 2620. Include name, return address or email address for receipt.

Geoff Robertson (geoffrobertson@iprimus.com.au) would be delighted to discuss any donation that you may wish to make.

Participate in K2C

There are many ways for people and organisations to participate in K2C. Landowners, land managers, and other people are welcome to participate in K2C, as are organisations, their staff and volunteers who share K2C's vision. You may participate in K2C by becoming a:

K2C Landowner and/or Supporter: you will receive regular K2C newsletters and e-news and invited to attend K2C events.

K2C Associate Member: you will have all the privileges of a K2C Landowner and/or Supporter and invited to attend all K2C forums.

K2C volunteer: you may assist K2C in a variety of organisational tasks.

To be placed on our K2C landowner and supports list, become an Associate Member or become a K2C volunteer, please contact <geoffrobertson@iprimus.com.au>.

K2C Organisation

The K2C partners elect the K2C Executive Committee annually. Currently the members of the committee are: Geoff Robertson (Chair), Tony Robinson (Treasurer), Rebecca Bradley (SE LLS), John Briggs (OEH), Jenny Bounds (COG), John Fitz Gerald (FOG), Rod Griffiths (NPA, ACT), Debbie Hunt (OEH), Georgeanna Story (UMLC), Tim Wong (ACT Government) and Mike Thompson (NPA, NSW).

K2C Incorporated is a non-profit association that has been established to conduct K2C organisational and financial affairs. Its current executive comprised Tony Robinson (President/Treasurer), Geoff Robertson (Vice President), John Fitz Gerald and Debbie Hunt. The committee meets every two months.

K2C Facilitators are Lesley Peden and Maya Potapowicz. They are responsible for managing K2C’s Land for Wildlife, Friends of Yass Gorge and Save Our Species projects.

There are many roles for volunteers to assist. For any inquiries contact <geoffrobertson@iprimus.com.au> .

Contact K2C

We would like to hear from you. Contact us by clicking:

General inquiries, website & mailing list: K2C inquiry

K2C Incorporated: K2C Incorporated

K2C Associate Membership: K2C Assoc Membership

Land for wildlife: K2C LfW

Save Our Species: K2C SOS

Good neighbour to Yass Gorge: K2C Yass Gorge

Visit us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/K2coast

Benefits of volunteering...

Natural resource and conservation groups make a tremendous and essential contribution to the conservation and restoration of our landscapes, but it does not stop there, because such groups contribute to the wellbeing of our society and to the individuals who constitute them. We might also mention that community groups are fundamental to our democracy.

As individuals there are numerous benefits when we join with others to pursue a common goal. We learn to:

  • discover nature and its intricate complexities,
  • make our environment better,
  • experience new areas of knowledge usually denied to us,
  • develop new skills,
  • break down personal and social barriers,
  • share experience with others,
  • make solid friendships,
  • appreciate better what we value about Australia,
  • find ways to influence community attitudes and resourcing of the environment,
  • understand traditional Aboriginal land management techniques, and
  • experience a great sense of satisfaction.

K2C history

The precursor of Kosciuszko to Coast (K2C) was a group of people called together by Bush Heritage Australia in 2005 to decide on whether it should purchase a property called Scottsdale near Bredbo. The trigger for this had been a bequest by Dr. Peter Barrer. For Bush Heritage the purchase was conditional on support from a wider landscape conservation effort, i.e. a regional partnership with Scottsdale as a anchor property. Bush Heritage acquired additional funds and purchased Scottsdale at which there has been ongoing research and demonstration into grassland and woodland research and restoration, application and trailing of a variety of weeding approaches, reintroduction of grassland plants, monitoring of African love grass invasion, bird and reptile surveys, and translocation of the vulnerable stripped legless lizard. Many of the K2C partners have been involved in these projects.

A Steering Committee comprising representatives of conservation agencies and other conservation groups emerged. Bush Heritage was the early driver of K2C and employed the first K2C facilitator, Lauren van Dyke, contributing its own funds as well as obtaining funds from the NSW Conservancy Trust. Bush Heritage’s role which included taking responsibility for the partnership’s finances, employing the facilitator, and organising administrative arrangements, was later described as ‘lead partner’.

In 2007 the NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change, enthused by the example of K2C, created the Great Eastern Ranges (GER) Initiative comprising a number of regional partners, including K2C. Each regional partner adopted K2C as a model with a partnership, a lead partner and a facilitator. The overarching GER body adopted a similar structure.

The services provided by the K2C facilitator, to and on behalf of the partnership, proved very successful. These services included producing and distributing the K2C newsletter  Groundcover; maintaining the K2C’s website; distributing material through partner networks and making media releases; organising field days, events and property visits; developing and delivery of information and training materials to landowners and community groups; answering queries; maintaining K2C’s various databases; supporting and delivering partner programs and projects; seeking funding for projects; undertaking various forms of advocacy; and many more.

In 2009 Bush Heritage decided to withdraw as lead partner of K2C and to play a much less active role. Until that time K2C remained a somewhat lose arrangement but, without a lead partner, it was considered that K2C needed to define the partnership relationship and to find a suitable way to organise its finances and employ a facilitator and, if need be, other staff to work on K2C projects.

This led to two changes in the K2C governance arrangements: the creation of the Memorandum of Understanding between the partners which was signed in November 2010 and the creation of K2C Incorporated which came into being in December 2012.

The resulting structure of K2C has comprised the partnership; an executive of K2C which provides broad guidance of K2C; K2C Incorporated which is the financial and administrative arm of the K2C partnership; engage contractors, including the K2C facilitator, to carry out K2C projects; and sign up associate members (active participants of K2C) including K2C volunteers.

Representatives of the partners get together frequently in K2C Forums where they exchange information and discuss broader issues of policies and initiatives. Often, forums are addressed by experts and to which a broader audience is invited. One forum serves as an annual general meeting to hear reports from the K2C committee and to elect that committee.

K2C sought and attracted funds to carry out projects that were consistent with its objectives, targets and strategies. Projects enable some K2C services to be provided as a byproduct, for example many projects enable K2C to provide information and training to landholders and to build up its network of landowners and others who support its objectives, targets and strategies. Projects have been an important element of K2C funding.

Funding to support the K2C facilitator position has dwindled and in recent years has disappeared altogether. This has led to a heavier burden placed on volunteers and in some cases to reduce services. It must be recognised that some of our contractors have continued to supply support on a voluntary basis.

Recently K2C established the K2C Heritage Fund which has deductible gift recipient status which means that donations made to the Heritage Fund are tax deductible.