Landcare ready-set-go in 2022

Monday 22 November 2021

Ready set go in 2022 for West Gippsland Landcare  

2022 looks set to be a massive year for Gippsland Landcare. 

Recent State Government funding has allowed Landcare Networks in West Gippsland to welcome a new crew of exciting and innovative facilitators who will be working in their communities around recruitment of volunteers and welcoming existing members back to on-ground works.  

“We know how important Landcare is both as a vehicle to bring about landscape change but also as a social network for its members,” said CEO of the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WGCMA) Martin Fuller. 

“After the COVID years which saw community plantings postponed and other events cancelled, it’s great to see new recruits come on board and the enthusiasm for the years ahead,” added Martin. 

Appointments have been made across the West Gippsland region and will join existing facilitators and coordinators in working with community on environmental projects in coming years. 

The Latrobe Catchment Landcare Network welcomes Marnie Ellis as its Network Coordinator and Kelsey Tong has been appointed as Network facilitator.  

Marnie brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her role as someone who has worked in Landcare at the local and regional level for several years.

Similarly, Kelsey is a great pick-up having co-founded Intrepid Landcare. She has a Degree in Environmental Science and is continuing her studies at ANU. Kelsey brings with her a range of experience in practical environmental roles.

Emily Physick has recently been appointed as the Yarram Yarram Landcare Network Facilitator. Emily has worked for more than a decade in community engagement roles with Local Government and has more recently taken on private consultancy work with a focus on facilitation and project planning.

Bonnie Reeves is the new Agricultural Landcare Facilitator for the Maffra and Districts Landcare Network. A Boisdale local, she brings to the role knowledge of the farms in the local area and experience working for Parks Victoria. 

And Nick Stephens recently started as a Landcare Facilitator with South Gippsland Landcare Network joining Andrea Clifford who has been in the role for several years. Nick will focus on activities in the east and Andrea Clifford will continue her work with the network in the western areas of the group’s range.   

Nick has a varied history in forestry and Natural Resource Management in NSW. He also had stints as the Sustainable Agriculture Officer with Byron Shire Council and Coordinator of the Environment & Sustainability Team at Lismore City Council.

“These are high quality recruits who will work with community groups, landholders and individuals to make a real difference in their area,” said Martin. 

“To see such appointments, take place I can only feel optimistic for the years ahead and at a time where, hopefully, people are keen t o get involved with both their local environment and local community after two difficult years brought about by COVID,” concluded Martin.