Do you want to start your own Landcare group? Can you not resist pulling those weeds you see everyday in your local reserve? Do you evoke the Bradley sister spirit?
To establish a NEW Landcare site and group;
- First check ‘‘Our Landcare Sites and Working Bees’ page to see if there is already an existing Landcare group in your area.
- If there isn’t an existing group near you, please fill in the ‘Application to establish a NEW Landcare Site’ form below and email email@example.com with a map of the proposed work area and your intentions. Please note that the time period to establish a new Landcare site is between 1 – 3 months.
- We require a minimum of 4 active volunteers in a Landcare group, who are willing to volunteer a minimum of 3 hours per month. You will need to contact members of your community and gather the group members on your own accord.
- Once you have at least 4 people who are willing to volunteer, each person is required to read the Volunteer Manual and sign up to ‘Become a Member’ of Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare. You can do this on our website here.
- The group will then need to establish the day, time, length and frequency they will commit to hold working bees. (Some groups meet once a month, some 4 times a week. Most Landcare groups choose to work between 2-4hrs at each working bee. To start a NEW Landcare group, 4 group members must commit to a minimum of 3 hours per month).
- The group members are to appoint the position of Site Coordinator. The Site Coordinator is a Landcare volunteer, who is responsible for supervising and leading the Landcare group. The Site Coordinator acts as contact person and coordinator for the group at a registered work site, communicates activities and incidents to CHRL and the land manager and keeps records of on-site activities. Site coordinators also coordinate compliance with WHS requirements on site and ensure all group volunteers uphold the Code of Conduct. See the full list of Site Coordinator Responsibilities.
- Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare will then seek permission from the landholder (this may be Council, National Parks, Regional Parkland or Crown land).
- Once approval has been granted, the CHRL Project Officer will be in contact with the applicant who submitted the application form.
- Once approval has been granted, Landcare and the land manger will conduct a site visit and establish a Site Plan.
- Volunteers will then go through an induction and training.
- Protective clothing and tools for the group will be provided at the induction.
- Work can commence!
Please note that the time period to establish a new Landcare site is between 1 – 3 months.
In the interim while you are waiting for your site to be establish learn about Bush Regeneration!
AABR – The Australian Association for Bush Regeneration have a ‘Learn’ category with valuable resources to get your started, including;
National Restoration Standards
The Principles of Bush Regeneration
Different Australian Vegetation Types
You can also volunteer with any one of our existing Landcare groups. Look out our sites here.