March 2014: After nearly 5 years in this position, it is with a high degree of regret that I will be stepping down as the National Landcare Facilitator at the end of the month. As a result of the need to focus on family business matters in the months ahead due to a recent death in the family, I have come to the conclusion that I would be unable to do this at the same time as giving the role of National Landcare Facilitator the degree of time and commitment that Landcare deserves.
During my time in this role I have had the privilege of meeting and working with a large number of individuals and organisations working in this area. Their professionalism and drive has been an inspiration.
With this year being the 25th anniversary of Landcare, it is a time to celebrate the achievements of the past, but also continue the drive, reform and renewal within Landcare which will be necessary to meet the challenges of the future. Therefore it is also timely that I hand over the reins to some-one to work with the Landcare movement in its next phase.
It is also time for the movement to consider what is needed for the future. Continuing to bring the diverse parts of the Landcare movement together remains a critical challenge as it moves into its second 25 years, but is essential if the movement is to meet its true potential.
Landcare in its various forms and the many people involved with it, have made an immense contribution to Australia and I am sure this will continue into the future. I would like to wish everyone all the best and thankyou for your help and support over the years.
(PS – Please direct any Landcare or government NRM program questions to [email protected])
Brett de Hayr
National Landcare Facilitator
About the National Landcare Facilitator
The National Landcare Facilitator advocates the Landcare ethos and supports community Landcare through an advisory role. The National Landcare Facilitator has a special focus on sustainable production in the primary industry sector, together with the engagement and participation of community groups in natural resource management programs
The National Landcare Facilitator is supported by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture.
The aims of National Landcare Facilitator Project are to provide support at the national level for:
the Landcare movement;
primary industry appreciation of natural resource management (NRM) issues;
helping raise awareness of Australian Government NRM programs and priorities, especially the Landcare component of ‘Caring for our Country’,
reinvigoration of the Landcare movement
Brett de Hayr took up the position as National Landcare Facilitator in January 2009. He has an extensive background in agriculture and rural affairs at the State and National level, including recent positions as Executive Director for Sustainable Agriculture with Queensland Dept Primary Industries, Chief Executive Officer AgForce Queensland and Executive Director of the Cattle Council of Australia.
National Landcare WEBINAR Series
These webinars aim to provide a platform for farmers and other land managers to participate in discussions with a range of different speakers on issues relevant to Landcare. This will mean a range of different perspectives are covered to encourage discussion . The National Landcare Facilitator does not hold a position on the views expressed by the speakers.
Click here to find out about the webinars or to register for any upcoming webinars or to watch recordings of past webinars.
National Landcare Facilitator Suggested Readings
A list of papers, research and documents recommended by the National Landcare Facilitator for an insight into the current landcare landscape, concerns and issues.
Click here to visit the National Landcare Facilitators suggested reading section
Engaging the 20-somethings in Landcare [Click here to read report]
Regional Landcare Facilitators List
Regional Landcare Facilitators work to support Landcare and production groups to adopt sustainable farm and land management practices and to protect Australias landscape.
Click here to see a list of the Regional Landcare Facilitators.
National Landcare Facilitators monthly e-newsletters
Click here to subscribe and keep up to the date with the National Landcare Facilitators e-newsletter.
Click here to see past issues of the National Landcare Facilitators e-newsletter.
National Landcare Facilitators monthly column Landcare In Focus Update
The National Landcare Facilitator writes a monthly column published by Rural Press informing the community of Landcare updates including available funding, important dates, events and news. This column does not appear during the months that the Landcare In Focus magazine is published.
Click here to view pdfs of the column.
National Landcare Facilitators media releases
Click here to view the National Landcare Facilitators media releases
1) Health of Landcare Movement Survey Report Summary
2) Health of Landcare Movement -Primary Producer Phone Survey Full Results
3) Health of Landcare Movement-Primary Producer Internet Survey Full results
4) Health of Landcare Movement-Landcare and Related Groups – Full Results
Regional Landcare Facilitator Landcare Placestories
The Regional Landcare Facilitator (RFL) program is an initiative of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry. This four year program funds Regional Landcare Facilitators located in each of the 56 natural resource management regions across Australia where they support Landcare and production groups to adopt sustainable land management practices and to protect Australias landscape.
In the Regional Landcare Facilitator Placestories Project you will see stories about RLFs across the country and Landcare in their region.
For a full list of the RLFs and their contact details, please go to: www.nrm.gov.au/contact/officers.html
Ciick here to visit the Regional Landcare Facilitator Projects on Placestories
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For any queries relating to the National Landcare Facilitator,
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