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Growing support for Landcare SJ

Landcare SJ works tirelessly to protect, restore, enhance and manage our natural assets, both on a local and broader scale.

27 July 2017
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Many people in our community moved to Serpentine Jarrahdale to enjoy the spectacular natural beauty of our unspoilt bushland, and special rural areas. Landcare SJ works tirelessly to protect, restore, enhance and manage our natural assets, both on a local and broader scale.

The organisation provides support for community organisations and landowners with a view to improved biodiversity conversation and sustainable resource management across the Shire. Their programs aim towards reversing land degradation, promoting sustainable development practices, conservation programs for native species, improving water quality and wetlands conservation and restoration. They also coordinate twelve environmental community groups within the Shire, including Byford EnviroLink, Keysbrook Environmental Group, Serpentine River Group and Friends of Coffey Road.

The Shire of Serpentine Jarrhadale has enjoyed a long and productive partnership with Landcare SJ. Both organisations endeavour to protect and promote the abundant natural resources the area has to offer, and to support the groups and residents who are passionate about environmental issues affecting Serpentine Jarrahdale. Council was delighted to announce it’s meeting on 22 May 2017 that the Shire would be increasing financial support to Landcare SJ to $600,000 over the next three years.

Shire President Councillor John Erren said that Council acknowledges Landcare SJ is a vital organisation for the wellbeing of our environment, and that this funding is a big step in the right direction towards safeguarding our unique environment for the generations to come.

“Environmental conservation is incredibly important to Council, and we’re aware of a lot of the high-level advocacy Landcare SJ does on our behalf,” Cr Erren said. “Not only is Landcare SJ coordinating educational programs with local schools, they are also connecting with entities such as Peel Harvey Catchment Council to link regional river corridors.”

“They provide phenomenal support to local residents on issues like revegetation and fox and rabbit baiting, and consult with and deliver aspects of our Biodiversity Strategy. And they’re leading the way in other areas, with their incredible artificial nesting box program– the COCKATUBE® - increasing numbers of the endangered Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo within the Shire,” Cr Erren said. “To say that we are proud of their efforts is an understatement, and it’s great to see that reflected in this important decision by Council.”

Francis Smit, Executive Officer of Landcare SJ, said that the increased funds would certainly assist with the development and delivery of their key programs.

“We often rely on our community groups and organisations applying for grants, which are very competitive in the environmental space,” Mr Smit said.

Landcare SJ also offers ongoing community education and extension through workshops, seminars and information sessions, and by producing relevant printed matter and brochures addressing local issues. For more information, please see their website at www.landcaresj.com.au.