Strengthening our Voice (SoV) 2014

SoV is a four year project to build a stronger Voice for Landcare in Victoria. The project is funded via the National Landcare Programme initiative to increase the capacity of Landcare networks across Australia - view announcement

The key focus areas for the SoV project are:

  1. Connecting the Landcare Community at the national, state and regional level.
  2. Improved engagement between Landcare and NRM organisations.
  3. Work with Landcare groups to develop strategies for improving NRM outcomes
  4. Develop the internal capacity of the organisation to function efficiently and effectively

The table below lists the key actions targetting each focus areas in year one of the project.

SoV Project focus area

Actions

1. Connecting the Landcare Community at the national, state and regional level.

The VLC:

  • provides two delegates to represent Victorian Landcare at the National Landcare Network (NLN). The NLN holds six meetings each year which the two appointed VLC delegates attend to represent Victoria.
  • holds regular meetings with the Victorian State Landcare Team to discuss Landcare  development in Victoria
  • has representatives sit on a range of advisory groups/boards, including:
    • The Victorian Blackberry Taskforce (VBT)
    • The Victorian Rabbit Action Network (VRAN)
    • The Riparian Advisory Group
    • The EPA Community reference group.
  • holds annual meetings with the Chairs of the Victorian CMAs to discuss Landcare and partnerships development.

2. Improved engagement between Landcare and NRM organisations.

In each region we will be gathering baseline information about the current state of planning linkages between the landcare community and NRM organisations to:

(a)  provide input into the VLC advocacy and partnership development processes and

(b) Facilitate a local conversation around improving linkages between NRM organisations and local landcare

3. Work with Landcare groups to develop strategies for improving NRM outcomes

In the first year the SoV project is supporting activities that support the concept of Landcare-helping-Landcare. These activities include:

(1) Gathering a list of stories so we can build a register of groups, networks or professionals that have experiences to:
  (a)  share state-wide  about how they achieve landcare outcomes and

  (b) to help the VLC build a stronger investment case for landcare

(2) Gathering a list of stories so we can build a register of groups, networks or professionals that have stories to:
  (a) share state-wide about how the work with partners that support them and

  (b) provide data to help the VLC build a stronger investment case for landcare. 

(3) Gathering a list of useful resources that groups, networks or professionals use to help them ‘landcare’ and share that information state-wide

(4) Identifying gaps in currently available training options for groups, networks or professionals to provide input to the VLC  so it can advocate for or seek out training options to fill gaps.

(5) Gathering feedback from how landcare in each region is using Green Army or 20M trees programs so:
  (a) this information can be shared with landcare state-wide  and

  (b) the VLC can report back to policy makers how to make programs better for landcare

4. Develop the internal capacity of the organisation to function efficiently and effectively

The VLC has employed a business manager to attend to much of the day to day running of the organisation along with a project manager to manage the SoV project.

The VLC is looking to enhance its planning and governace processes. Actions include:

  • Support for committee members attending governance training
  • Updating and maintaining the VLC Strategic Plan
  • Developing a Communications Plan 

Year one - final project report template (completed)

Report attachments for year one of the project.

For additional information regarding the SoV project contact one of your local delegates or the SoV project manager

Upcoming Events

Forum for Landcare Professionals

This forum reinforces the commitment of the newly established peak Victorian Landcare organisation, Landcare Victoria Inc., to professional development in the landcare community, and builds on the legacies of both the founding partners, the Victorian Landcare Council and Farm Tree and Landcare Association.
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