Landcare and Lake Celebrate 20th

Filed under Environment & Pollution, News ~ by Press on  9 Sep 2019

September is the 20th anniversary of Lake Mac’s Landcare partnership that combines the efforts of over 200 Landcare groups.

2019 Landcare Volunteer Network Chairperson Lois Simpson with Landcare Coordinator Jason Harvey.

Lake Macquarie Mayor Cr Kay Fraser and NSW Landcare CEO Adrian Zammit will mark the twenty-year anniversary at a family-friendly event on Saturday 14 September at Teralba’s Landcare Resource Centre.

For 20 years, the Landcare movement has made Lake Macquarie a better place by directly working with the local communities to build more sustainable environments and agricultural practices,” said Landcare NSW CEO, Dr Adrian Zammit.

But we’re only getting started. It is vital that rural and urban communities continue to work together to protect natural resources and promote sustainable land management now and into the future.”

Landcare offers every Australian the chance to make a real difference. Thousands of active Landcare groups operate across NSW, boasting tens of thousands of dedicated, passionate volunteers working together on a vast range of projects.

From sustainable land use education to waterways restoration and feral pest management, the Landcare community are the leaders in this field,” said Dr Zammit.

Council’s Landcare Coordinator Jason Harvey said the model had seen local grassroots groups restore, rehabilitate and conserve huge tracts of land over the past two decades.

Lake Macquarie Landcare is a community-based organisation built on the successful working partnership between passionate local volunteers and Council,” he said.

Without our amazing volunteers, this organisation would not exist,” Mr Harvey said.

In 2018 over 800 volunteers helped manage invasive vegetation across an estimated 163,000sqm, and planted 11,300 native seedlings.

Lake Macquarie Mayor Cr Kay Fraser said Lake Macquarie has a strong reputation as a City that cares for and works hard to preserve its environment and the Landcare volunteers are a significant driver of this work.

Twenty years on and look what Landcare has achieved in Lake Mac. Landcare has evolved and grown into a movement of more than 200 local groups, and hundreds of thousands of volunteers across the City. I’m so proud to be a part of the Landcare story.”

The official welcome kicks off at 1pm on Saturday 14 September, followed by a family-friendly afternoon of live music and entertainment. Visitors can explore the Landcare Centre with a fun interactive tour of the grounds, including free kids’ activities, face painting and sweet treats from the delicious gelato van.

The event partner is 2NURFM. Find out more about the anniversary event at Lake Macquarie Landcare’s Facebook page.

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