Landcare activities in the Weddin district began in the 1990s as part of the National Landcare movement. Historically, there were up to eleven active Landcare groups within the district, with the Weddin Landcare Steering Committee acting as an umbrella organisation, which employed a Local Landcare Coordinator to assist the groups and coordinate activities. Around 2005, the smaller groups decided to amalgamate and operate as one incorporated organisation known as Weddin Landcare.
Weddin Landcare is based in Grenfell in the Central West of NSW. It is run by volunteers and operates as part of a State network of Landcare groups that provide grassroots support to local communities and individuals wanting to engage in environmental initiatives, natural resource management and sustainable agricultural activities. A Local Landcare Coordinator is employed through the NSW Landcare Program, a collaboration of Local Land Services and Landcare NSW Inc. supported by the NSW Government.
Weddin Landcare is focused on promoting sustainable agricultural practices and maintaining and enhancing biodiversity across our region. We seek to engage with, educate and support the local community to build resilience and sustainability into our urban, peri-urban and rural environments. As part of this, we embrace and foster local Wiradjuri culture, knowledge and stories.
Our key activities include:
- Initiate and support on-ground projects and activities within the Weddin district to deliver natural resource management, regenerative agriculture and other environmental or cultural outcomes.
- Identify and support educational opportunities to increase the capacity of the community to participate in natural resource management, regenerative agriculture and community initiatives or better understand Aboriginal culture and methods.
- Communicate and raise awareness of relevant natural resource management, regenerative agriculture, environmental or cultural messages and opportunities.
- Support people to reconnect with Country and protect traditional knowledge and sites.
- Maintain the Landcare ethos within the Weddin district.
- Collaborate with local and regional partners to deliver relevant funding and events to the Weddin district community.
Weddin Landcare welcomes new members.