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Stronger together, another successful muster for Landcare and partners in the South East

Over 60 people gathered in Braidwood on 20 June for the annual Muster for Landcare in the south east.  This event brings together Landcare networks and partner organisations to hear updates from around the region and to learn more about an issue or opportunity relevant to the sector.  In 2016, the NSW Biodiversity Reforms were on the muster agenda with information and a range of perspectives on offer through a workshop organised by Landcare NSW with funding from the NSW Environmental Trust.

The muster, building on the Landcare-Local Land Services partnership at the state level, took another step towards the ‘stronger together’ ethos of the partnership by holding the inaugural meeting of the South East Regional Landcare Committee. This new committee does not replace regional networks for Landcare groups, but instead provides a platform for Landcare networks across the south east to make decisions relating to opportunities and issues arising at the Local Land Services region scale.

Landcare in the south east is in a strong position at present with Local Coordinator and project funding from both NSW Landcare Support Program and the Australian Government National Landcare Program in full swing. South East Local Land Services Chair David Mitchell welcomed muster participants and highlighted the strength of the partnership and the opportunities for Landcare to be involved across the Local Land Services spectrum.

The muster also brought together new Landcare Coordinators, many of whom were meeting for the first time. A workshop for coordinators and community support staff was held on Tuesday 21 June to build this network and regional community of practice for Landcare in the south east.  A community of practice brings people with a common purpose or interest together to learn more, and share knowledge and experience. This community of practice will help each coordinator as they go about their work and ultimately the groups and networks they provide coordination support to. The future is bright for natural resource management, sustainable agriculture and community resilience with this fine group of people providing great support to volunteers and farmers across the region.

Participants were grateful that Braidwood put on a balmy June day for the event and made the most of the information and connections on hand.