Regional Landcare Facilitators Program
Lower Blackwood
Lower Blackwood Dairy Tour, February 2016Photo: Lower Blackwood
SWCC
Landcare/NRM Officer Muster, May 2016Photo: SWCC
Monica Durcan
City of Busselton Food Theatre, November 2015Photo: Monica Durcan
Dumbleyung Landcare
Dumbleyung Landcare Tour, April 2016Photo: Dumbleyung Landcare
Monica Durcan
Janelle Smith representing Women in Farming Enterprises at Storm in a Teacup, March 2016Photo: Monica Durcan
SWCC
The Landcare Team, 2016 Wagin WooloramaPhoto: SWCC
Monica Durcan
South West Agroforestry Network Field Day, May 2016Photo: Monica Durcan
Monica Durcan
Speakers, Sandalwood and Carbon Field Day, April 2016Photo: Monica Durcan
Monica Durcan
Regrarian Open Consultancy with Darren J Doherty, July 2015Photo: Monica Durcan
Monica Durcan
Direct seeding training with Dr Geoff Woodall, November 2016Photo: Monica Durcan
Federico Butron
Making NMS Native Microbes, September 2016Photo: Federico Butron
Women in Farming Enterprises
Women in Farming Enterprises (WIFE) Annual Seminar, October 2016Photo: Women in Farming Enterprises
Monica Durcan
'I want to be a farmer' speakers, South West FoodBowl Festival, October 2016Photo: Monica Durcan
Monica Durcan
Michelle McManus & Jeff Pow, Southampton Homestead Open Day, October 2016Photo: Monica Durcan

Regional Landcare Facilitators

The Regional Landcare Facilitator (RLF) Programme is a national initiative funded through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme. RLF positions are hosted in each of the National Resource Management (NRM) regions across Australia.

RLF Funding

Expressions of Interest are now invited from community groups and individual community members to apply for financial support for events and training anytime during the 2016/17 financial year. These must have a sustainable agriculture focus and contribute to one or more of the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme outcomes:

  •  Maintain and improve ecosystem services through sustainable management of local and regional landscapes.
  •  Increase in the number of farmers and fishers adopting practices that improve the quality of the natural resource base, and the area of land over which those practices are applied.
  •  Increase engagement and participation of the community, including landcare, farmers and Indigenous people, in sustainable natural resource management.
  •  Increase restoration and rehabilitation of the natural environment, including protecting and conserving nationally and internationally significant species, ecosystems, ecological communities, places and values.

Please download the relevant form from here. Contact the South West Regional Landcare Facilitators to discuss your ideas.

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The South West RLF Programme has already committed to supporting quite a few events in 2017. Here are some that are coming up soon that may be of interest:

  • Friday & Saturday 10 & 11 February: Native Plants and Fabric Art Workshop for Women, Narrogin. Learn about dying natural materials using dyes made from plants and get creative with the support of some very cleaver local women.
  • Saturday & Sunday 11 & 12 February: Regrarian Open Consultancy (ROC), Margaret River
  • Friday & Saturday 10 & 11 March: Landcare Exhibit, Wagin Woolorama
  • Friday 17 March: Storm in a Teacup, Rylington Park, Boyup Brook
  • Saturday 22 April: Landcare Tent, Balingup Small Farm Field Day

The South West RLF Programme has also purchased a copy of the DVD ‘Polyfaces – a world of many choices’, a 90 minute documentary on the inspiring Salatin family www.polyfaces.com. This DVD is available for short-term loan. Please contact Monica or Peter to book.

 

The role of the Regional Landcare Facilitator is to work with the community and other regional partners to promote the adoption of sustainable farm and land management practices.  The RLF works directly with these groups to build their knowledge, capacity and skills in sustainable agriculture and supports them to pass these skills on to landholders.

The South West Regional Landcare Facilitators (South West RLFs) are available to personally assist individuals and groups with their specific needs. This can include anything that will better enable them to provide Landcare services to their communities. This can include, but need not be limited to, assistance with:

  • Funding applications
  • Setting up a group
  • Seeking out specific advice
  • Governance structures

Meet your South West Regional Landcare Facilitators 

Pete and Monica at 2016 Balingup

Peter Clifton: ‘I got into NRM in Darwin. I studied there from 2000-2004 and did my honours on the impacts of invasive gamba grass. I then worked with the Northern Territory Government for seven years in a number of roles. The first was as an aquatic weeds officer responsible for implementing an eradication programme for Cabomba caroliniana in Darwin River.

 Then I worked as a district weeds officer, concentrating on the control of Mimosa pigra on Aboriginal land. From there I went to Vegetation Management where I processed development applications to clear unzoned land. Finally I worked in Land management where I reviewed erosion and sediment control plans required under development permits.

 In that time I took 18 months off to work as Regional Landcare Facilitator for the Northern Territory, based at NT Cattlemen’s Association. That role increased my interests in helping farmers to network and manage their lands more effectively, and the mutual appreciation I felt in helping cattlemen and women was inspiring, but I didn’t go so far as to buy an enormous hat!

 After 16 years in Darwin I returned to the South West in 2014 to work with SWCC. Here I have been managing sustainable agriculture trials and demonstrations aimed at improving soil health. I am particularly interested in facilitating knowledge sharing in my role as Regional Landcare Facilitator.

 I live in Bunbury with my wife and two young boys. In our spare time we love exploring what the south west region has to offer.’

Monica Durcan: ‘I came to Western Australia in 1987 with my husband and two young sons and immediately fell in love with the people and the country. We had not lived here long when I learned about the impact of land degradation on farms and regional communities and since then it has been my passion to work in this field.

 I was employed as Nursery Manager for the Men of the Trees’ Hazelmere Nursery in 1988, just as ‘Landcare’ was beginning to take off, and have been involved in the industry in a variety of roles ever since.

 During the intervening years I have worked with many farmers and particularly learned a lot through working with the catchment groups supported by the Alcoa Landcare Project in the WA Wheatbelt during the Decade of Landcare.

My interest in revegetation for multiple benefits led me to the position of Executive Officer for Avongro Wheatbelt Tree Cropping in 2005, which I held until late in 2013. During that time I completed a Masters Degree in Regional Development through the University of Western Australia.

 My husband and I moved to the South West in early 2014 when I was fortunate enough to be offered the position of Regional Landcare Facilitator with the South West Catchments Council.

 Trees for multiple benefits as part of rural landscapes continue to be a particular passion of mine, along with improving soil health, property planning and providing support to rural women.’

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Contact
Monica Durcan
Ph: 08 9781 3118
monica.durcan@swccnrm.org.au