Working with Landcare volunteers
The ACT landcare community is a strongly engaged volunteer, not-for-profit and rural community, and an active Landcare and ParkCare movement. Over the past 25 years, more than 45 Landcare/ ParkCare groups have been working across ACT nature reserves, national parks, urban parks and open spaces. Hundreds of other regular volunteers undertake environmental monitoring and critical land management activities.
These groups provide an opportunity for eager and enthusiastic volunteers of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to become involved in natural resource management activities including tree planting, weed control, environmental monitoring and erosion control.
The ACT Government, through ACT NRM and ACT Parks and Conservation Service, work closely with the community and organisations such as Greening Australia and ACT Catchment Groups (Ginninderra, Molonglo and Southern ACT), to manage the biodiversity and resilience of our landscapes and support our landcare community.
Become a volunteer
Volunteering is a great way to make a difference, learn more about the region, get outdoors, stay fit and meet new people.
Whether you can spare two hours a year, or make a regular monthly commitment, there are many ways to volunteer in the Canberra region to support natural resource management activities.
Volunteers contribute in many ways such as tree planting, seed collecting, weed spraying, woody weed removal, surveying, monitoring, administration, community awareness raising, events management, and newsletter writing. You can volunteer for your local reserve or the wider ACT and region.
Find out more by taking a look at Volunteering for the environment
ACT Regional Landcare Facilitator
The ACT Regional Landcare Facilitator:
- facilitates rural community engagement
- promotes awareness raising and capacity building for sustainable agriculture
- promotes information sharing amongst the rural and urban landcare community.
Supporting our Landcarers and ParkCarers
The Regional Landcare Facilitator works closely with the ACT ParkCare Coordinator and support officer, ACT Parks and Conservation, Southern ACT Catchment Group, Molonglo Catchment Group, Ginninderra Catchment Group, and Landcare ACT to support our Landcare and ParkCare community. Together they support the ACT’s Landcare and ParkCare groups by:
- supplying materials
- providing training and capacity building
- hosting events
- supporting on-ground works
- recruiting new volunteers
- providing opportunities for networking and information sharing.
ACT Landcare Awards
The ACT Regional Landcare Facilitator coordinates and hosts the ACT Landcare Awards on a biannual basis. These awards are an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the hard work and achievements of our local Landcare heroes.
The winners of the ACT Landcare Awards progress on to represent the ACT at the National Landcare Awards. In 2015 the ‘Yurung Dhaura Aboriginal Land Management Team’ (winner of the 2014 ACT Indigenous Land Management Award) went on to win the National Landcare Award in that category.
Landcare for Singles
Landcare for Singles provides the perfect opportunity for environmentally conscious people on the lookout for that special someone to try a new and unique form of speed dating or, in this case, speed planting!
This popular event is held annually and often has a waiting list of eager participants. For more information, contact our Regional Landcare Facilitator.