Young District Landcare have put out the following call to action to all their members and supporters:
Young District Landcare needs you!
We have been going from strength to strength over the past couple of years and our achievements include the following:
• Projects – Microbats of the Young Shire, Squirrel Gliders (with Mid Lachlan Landcare)
• Field days/workshops – Bat Night, Young Birds Forum, Wattle Day, orchid and spring wildflower walks and fungi workshop
• Hands-on activities and working bees – Barb Busters and planting days
We have shown innovation by creating the concept of Barb Busters and the Microbats in the Young Shire Project, and by collaborating with other local Landcare groups. We have had a number of requests from other Landcare groups for information on both the Microbats and Squirrel Glider projects and to conduct Barb Busters workshops for them. We recently had the opportunity to give a presentation on the Microbats Project to the Chair and State Landcare Coordinator of Landcare NSW, both of whom were impressed with our work and have been telling people about it. As a result of our work Riverina Local Land Services (LLS) is now pursuing funding for research on the use of microbats in controlling fruit fly!
Unfortunately the grants funding we have received for projects has not provided funding for the Landcare Coordinator’s wages or for general organisational running costs. Despite repeated attempts by the Committee to rectify this situation, we are now in a critical financial position.
Fortunately, LachLandcare (the umbrella Landcare body for the Lachlan catchment) has received funding through the NSW Government’s Local Landcare Coordinator Initiative to continue employing Mikla Lewis in the Landcare Coordinator position for Young District Landcare, albeit with reduced hours.
In addition, Mikla’s time is increasingly being spent coordinating the three and a half year Microbats in the Young Shire project, as well as doing the daily administration and communication tasks, attending meetings and pursuing funding.
In response to this situation we need to rethink the way we do things if we are to continue to be an active and innovative organisation. We believe we are in a good position to do this. We have an active and committed Management Committee of ten members, who came on board at the last AGM held in October 2015.
How Can You Help?
a. Become a paying member. Although we are happy to keep you on our email contact list, we would strongly encourage you to become a paying Member of Young District Landcare. Annual membership is $10 for an individual or $20 for a couple, family or business.
If you have any questions regarding membership, please contact our Membership Officer, Anna Hart, on 0428 429 955
By becoming a member you are showing your support for the organisation, which is important when we are seeking funding through grants. It will also assist us with running costs such as rent, electricity and phone bills, as well as enabling us to continue to organise the events that you, the members and supporters, have responded so well to over the past two years.
b. Make a donation. You can do this using the attached membership form.
2. Active Membership – Join a working group.
Some ideas we’ve had so far for working groups are:
• Urban Landcare – protecting and enhancing urban wildlife habitat, responsible pet ownership
• Sustainable farming – healthy soils workshops, ecosystem services
• Microbats project – Bat Night, monitoring bat boxes, research and writing
• Squirrel Glider Project – in collaboration with Mid Lachlan Landcare
• Birds group – developing Bird Trails of the Young Shire, Birds Forum, bird monitoring/surveying especially in our planted areas, threatened species
• Plantings – One Tree Per Child Project, ongoing and new sites, urban and rural, seed collecting
• Barb Busters – barbed wire removal working bees
• Workshops/seminars/field days –eg private land conservation, mistletoe, native bees, Wattle Day Walks (August)
• Re-establishment of district/village groups, funding for local projects
• Fundraising – grants, sponsorship
• Social media – Facebook, Twitter, developing and maintaining a website
If you would like to nominate for any of the above groups, would like further information on them or have other ideas for groups, please let us know. Please contact Mikla on 0499 199 016 or via Young@lachlandcare.org.au
We look forward to your positive response and working with you to continue and develop the great work being carried out by Young District Landcare.
Katrina Hudson, Chair
Young District Landcare
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