Financial help to kickstart Landcare

Mid Lachlan Landcare is offering to help people interested in starting or re-starting a Landcare group in their local area. 

"One of the main benefits of Landcare groups is simply getting people together to talk about their issues," says Mid Lachlan Landcare Chair Lawrence Balcomb. Contributed photo.

"One of the main benefits of Landcare groups is simply getting people together to talk about their issues," says Mid Lachlan Landcare Chair Lawrence Balcomb. Contributed photo.

Mid Lachlan Landcare Support Officer Scott Hickman addressing the group at a prior function. Contributed photo.

Mid Lachlan Landcare Support Officer Scott Hickman addressing the group at a prior function. Contributed photo.

"One of the main benefits of Landcare groups is simply getting people together to talk about their issues," says Mid Lachlan Landcare Chair Lawrence Balcomb. Contributed photo.

"One of the main benefits of Landcare groups is simply getting people together to talk about their issues," says Mid Lachlan Landcare Chair Lawrence Balcomb. Contributed photo.

Small grants are available to help with insurance and administration along with mentoring and support from MLL’s committee and Landcare Support Officers.

Mid Lachlan Landcare covers the area around the towns of Cowra, Canowindra and Eugowra. 

At its peak there were over twenty Landcare groups spread throughout the region but this has dwindled lately. 

Mid Lachlan Landcare Chairperson Lawrence Balcomb hopes the grants will help landholders in local areas get together to tackle common issues.

“It’s very easy to become caught up and isolated in the day to day grind of life in a rural area,” he said. 

“One of the main benefits of Landcare groups is simply getting people together to talk about their issues. 

“There will always be someone fighting a similar battle or you may even find a solution.”

Mid Lachlan Landcare support officers Vanessa Cain and Scott Hickman will be available to give advice and help set up the first meeting with the aim of running an event or field day about a common issue. 

To be eligible for the grant a committee must be formed of four people who can put together an email list of another eight interested landholders.

“Emails and group text messages can really streamline communication within a group and save a lot of phone calls,” Mr Balcomb said. 

“In my local Landcare group, Cranbury, I have thirty members in a group email list. 

“If I receive any information about field days or other opportunities I can get it out to everybody with the press of a button.”

The grants are open to urban as well as rural groups. 

If you are interested in the grants or would like to know what Landcare is doing in your area please contact Vanessa at midlachlanlandcare@gmail.com or on 0405325750 or Lawrence Balcomb at lawbal44@yahoo.com.au or on 0427640291