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Newsletter, February 2016

Central Hills Landcare Network Green Army Project

Stage 1 of the Green Army project hosted by LASA was a terrific success with the participants graduating on 14 October 2015.  The network partners and the landholders involved in the project were very pleased with the work achieved by the team members.  Team member Ellie said she thoroughly enjoyed working in the Central Hills Landcare Network Green Army team.
"After completing my degree, I was really looking to gain more hands-on experience in the environmental sector. I really believe that I have been able to achieve this through the program and learning a variety of new skills has been great.  As a new-comer to the environmental industry, I have found that the Green Army has been a great introduction into what this industry is like". 
Farmers Jon & Margot Radford of the Mid Torrens Catchment Group, said that the Green Army team members did an excellent and thorough job on woody weed control on their property.
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We are under pressure like most farmers. Furthermore, with both of us in our 70s, energy level does not match our continuing level of enthusiasm for doing the right thing to the land in our care. Consequently, it is with our immense gratitude that the Mid Torrens Catchment Group allocated Green Army time to us, for follow up broom and gorse control in an area of fairly high importance native vegetation".  
LASA formed the Central Hills Landcare Network with the following partners to deliver the project:
•    Adelaide Hills Council
•    New Springs Landcare Group
•    Sixth Creek Catchment Group
•    Upper River Torrens Landcare Group
•    Upper Torrens Land Management Project
•    Mid Torrens Catchment Group
Stage 2 of the project commenced in November and will run for six months. Geoff Hodgson, the Team supervisor for Stage 1, did a terrific job and was highly regarded by all involved in the project. Geoff has since taken up a new role with Trees for Life and so Philip Bagnato has been appointed as Team Supervisor by the Service Provider Manpower Group. 

The Green Army is a hands-on, practical environmental action programme that supports local environmental and heritage conservation projects across Australia. It is an Australian Government Programme for young Australians aged 17–24 years who are interested in protecting their local environment.  For more information on the Project refer to the Newsletters at http://www.landcaresa.asn.au/node/103
Green Army Team Graduation event at the completion of Stage 1 of the Central Hills Landcare Network Green Army Project.
Mutual Agreement with NRM Boards
During 2015 a draft Mutual Agreement was prepared by a working group consisting of representatives from the NRM Boards and LASA.  The process and conversations to develop the draft agreement have been invaluable in strengthening ties between LASA and the NRM Boards and in improving our understanding of who we are, what we do and how to work together.  The draft Mutual Agreement has been sent to all eight Boards for consideration, with the aim of ratifying it at a Presiding Members meeting in March.
LASA work plan for 2016
The first LASA Management Committee meeting for 2016 was held on 21 January.  A very busy work program for 2016 was a key focus of the meeting, including; completion of the Mutual agreement with the eight NRM Boards and develop similar agreements with other stakeholders; continue the Central Hills Landcare Network Green Army Project; regional meetings with landcare groups across the state; conducting education and development events for landcare groups; consultation on potential locations and venues for the 2017 State Community Landcare Conference; LASA website upgrade and make-over; a program to engage youth in landcare; and, contributing to the further development of the National Landcare Network.

The LASA Committee members are Gerry Butler, Chairperson (Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges); Helen Lamont (Eyre Peninsula); Neville Sloss (Northern and Yorke); Ross Oke (SA MDB); Peter Feast (South East); Danny Dollard (Aboriginal Lands Trust); Don Cranwell (AMLR), Treasurer; and, Sandy Edwards (AMLR), Membership Secretary.  (Jackie Williams from Mount Barry Station, via Coober Pedy, has expressed an interest in joining the LASA Committee).

Youth Landcare Ambassador programme
The LASA is pleased and honoured that Saskia Gerhardy from our member group Willunga Environment Centre has agreed to be the first Youth Landcare Ambassador following a decision by the Management Committee to develop a Youth Landcare Ambassador programme.
Saskia was awarded the 2015 State Landcare Award in the category Young Landcare Leader sponsored by Manpower Group. Saskia runs an environmental youth group called YACCA (Youth And Community in Conservation Action).  YACCA meets weekly to participate in environmental activities around their local and greater community to connect them to the environment, gain an understanding of the current issues we face and give them an outlet to make a positive contribution towards solving these issues. The YACCA group actively encourages students to pursue Landcare based objectives in the community.
At the moment Saskia is in the process of expanding YACCA throughout the Mount Lofty Ranges with the aim of having similar groups at Normanville, Gawler, Mt. Pleasant, the Barossa and the Adelaide Hills, not to mention the one she has already established in Willunga. One of Saskia’s main plans is to have camps as part of the expansion of YACCA. Saskia is really excited about all of this and Saskia and the LASA Committee will discuss this further. As Saskia has already got a youth environment group established the LASA doesn’t need to start from scratch if we wanted to do our own retreats for example
Saskia and Glenn Gale attended the recent launch of a national youth Landcare group called “Intrepid Landcare” and we are currently in discussion about membership and participation in national and state initiatives in the engagement with youth in Landcare. If you would like to come for the ride please contact Glenn Gale, execofficer@landcaresa.asn.au

Saskia Gerhardy receiving the Young Landcare Leader Award, sponsored by Manpower Group, at the 2015 State Landcare and Premier's NRM Awards Ceremony at Waikerie.
National Landcare Network News
The next meeting of the National Landcare Network (NLN) will be held in Launceston on 22 and 23 February, with both Gerry Butler and Sandy Edwards attending as LASA representatives.
The agenda for this Quarterly meeting includes a status report on the transition of the National Landcare Network from an Association incorporated in Queensland, to a Company Limited by Guarantee.  This significant change will improve the functioning and governance of the National Landcare Network of which LASA is a Founding Member.
The other very important issue for the meeting will be the completion and distribution of the NLN “Election 2016 Landcare Manifesto”. With the 2016 Federal Election only 7 or 8 months away we need to ensure that all federal politicians and parties know what Landcare stands for and what we need for active and resilient Landcare groups and networks for the next decade.
Contact Glenn Gale on mob 0428 812 902 or by email execofficer@landcaresa.asn.au for more information on any item in this newsletter or if you would like to make a contribution to a future edition.
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