Victorian Landcare Program
The Victorian Landcare Program is the title of the program of support provided to Landcare by the Government and managed by DEPI. The Government recognises that supporting Landcare is a valuable investment in Victoria's future, and it is committed to continuing this support. The Victorian Landcare Program includes the delivery of services and initiatives to support Landcare, and that enable groups and networks to be more effective.
The goal of the Victorian Landcare Program is "shared responsibility for a healthy environment". The Victorian Landcare Program includes the delivery of the following services and initiatives to support Landcare across the State:
Victorian Landcare Grants
The Victorian Landcare Grants support Landcare and other community-based natural resource management groups to protect and restore the Victorian landscape. The Victorian Landcare Grants are delivered through the State's 10 Catchment Management Authorities by funding:
- on-ground works that deliver on local, regional and State priorities
- capacity building activities for land stewardship and on-ground change
- projects that promote innovation through experimental trials and pilot programs
- start-up funding (for new groups & networks) and maintenance grants to ensure a strong Landcare base across the State
- opportunities to promote Landcare and increase membership and volunteer numbers
Landcare support staff
The Victorian Government values the work of Victoria's volunteer-based Landcare groups and networks, and recognises the important support provided to these organisations by professional Landcare staff such as Landcare facilitators and coordinators. Through the Victorian Landcare Program the department funds ten Regional Landcare Coordinator positions which are based in Catchment Management Authorities, and a statewide Aboriginal Landcare position.
Victorian Landcare and Catchment Management Magazine
The Victorian Landcare and Catchment Management magazine was first published in 1996. It replaced the Victorian Farmers Federation's Trunkline and the then Department of Natural Resources and Environment's Salt Force News. Both had been in circulation for more than 10 years. The Victorian Landcare and Catchment Management magazine was established to have a stronger focus on broader natural resource management issues.
The magazine is published three times per year and the stories it features are primarily contributed by community Landcarers. The magazine is currently available in both hard copy or electronically (as pdfs) via the Victorian Landcare Gateway.
For the latest issue and back issues of the Victorian Landcare and Catchment Management magazine visit http://www.landcarevic.net.au/resources/magazine/vic
To receive an email alert when the Victorian Landcare and Catchment Management magazine is available online send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Victorian Landcare Awards
Every two years the State and Territory Landcare Awards, including the Victorian Landcare Awards, are held to acknowledge the success and achievements of community Landcarers, groups, networks, and organisations who have been working to protect, enhance and restore our environment. The winners of the nine national award categories go on to represent their State or territory in the National Landcare Awards in the following year.
In addition to the nine national award categories the Victorian Landcare Awards also incorporate three State-specific awards:
- Landcare Network Award
- Heather Mitchell Memorial Fellowship
- Dr Sidney Plowman Study and Travel Award.
In Victoria there are regional awards in the DELWP Innovation in Sustainable Farm Practices category for a landholder from each Catchment Management Authority region.
For more information on the Victorian Landcare Awards go to: