LVI News - August 2020


New CEO + Ministerial Meeting + ROI Report on Facilitator Value + Landcare Employment Service Extended + Farewell to Kelly and Susi + Revised Employment Checklist

Dear LVI Member Groups,

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New CEO, Andrew Maclean commenced in his role in mid-July and has been busy becoming familiar with the business of Landcare Victoria and the activities of the Landcare in Victoria.  Andrew joins Landcare from Queensland where he was CEO of Southern Gulf NRM, the regional natural resource management organisation in remote North West Queensland.  Prior to that he was Executive Director of the Wet Tropics Management Authority in Cairns and in his earlier career worked many years for the Victorian environment department in diverse policy and regional delivery roles.  A high priority for Andrew once COVID travel restrictions are lifted will be to visit member groups to see their work first hand and to discuss opportunities for the future development of Landcare in Victoria.  In the meantime, he is always keen to hear from Landcare members and stakeholders.


Landcare Victoria represented by new CEO Andrew Maclean, along with Landcare Australia was pleased to have the opportunity to brief Environment Minister the Hon Lily D’Ambrosio on 13 August.  A focus of the briefing was to stress to the Minister the vital importance of timely decisions about the Victorian Local Landcare Facilitator program.  Minister D’Ambrosio’s support for the Landcare movement is clear but the future of the program depends on State budget outcomes. 



An economic analysis of the value of the Victorian Government’s Landcare Facilitators Program demonstrates that the $4M program generates $31M in value – a benefit cost ratio of more than 7:1.  The report, commissioned by Landcare Victoria Inc. was prepared by the global consulting firm RPS Group.  It also demonstrates that if the wider social cohesion created by Landcare facilitator activities is valued at $87M. 

These results show that facilitators play a crucial ‘leveraging’ role for Landcare in Victoria. While the projects deliver net benefits in and of themselves, the facilitators amplify the scope and scale of Landcare activities across the State.  The report provides a powerful argument for continued support of the Landcare Facilitators Program.  It is available on the Landcare Gateway here.

How you can help.  Contact your local Member of Parliament.  Tell them about how important the Landcare Facilitator Program is for your Landcare Group and community and about the terrific return on public investment the program generates.  Ask them to ensure they support continued funding for the Landcare Facilitator Program and Landcare Grants Program in the upcoming State budget.

Landcare Victoria Inc thanks Jim Phillipson (Rendere Trust) for his generous support for this project.


Groups and networks now have another four months to ask curly questions and be employment ready with the help of the Landcare Employment Referral Service. In our recent survey 100% of people who used the service would recommend it to others, with over 80% of users rating the service good to very good. Thank-you to everyone who completed the survey (here) – full results are available here.

The contract has been extended to 31 December to help groups with questions about staff, independent contractors and getting ready for the new facilitator requirements by calling the service on their new number 03 9972 4950.

It’s a great opportunity to be proactive in making sure all your governance is in place, to do an employment health check. And if your group isn’t currently an employer but would like to be now is the time to take advantage of the service to get ready!



Many who completed the survey also clicked through the Landcare Employment Checklist. This provides a handy guide to see if you have the basics – it’s not designed to cover everything! If you need help please call the Landcare Employment Service on 03 9972 4950

We’ve revised the checklist based on feedback and we’d be interested in further feedback and whether you found it useful. Now available here!



After seven years with Landcare, Kelly Way is finishing up this week with her last day on Thursday. Kelly has been a wonderful support to members and invaluable in ensuring the smooth running of the organisation. From Kelly: “Landcare is such a crucial movement and I have really just felt privileged to provide support and make a small contribution to it during my time at LVI.”

Outgoing LVI Executive Officer Susi Johnson is staying on for a few months to assist with transition and will be finishing up at the end of October after 14 fantastic years with Landcare. From Susi: “Thank-you to members for all the kind words over the last few weeks – I really appreciate the warmth and good will of all our members. I have learnt a huge amount and it has been incredibly rewarding to watch the organisation grow, to see the 25th and 30th year celebrations, and to have been a small part of this incredible, resilient, ever-growing community that delivers positive, practical, on-ground change in our landscapes.”

Landcare Victoria Inc is currently looking at recruiting additional support so watch this space. In the meantime our fabulous long-term casual Amanda, who has been helping out behind the scenes, will also be supporting members during the transition so please make her feel welcome.



Priorities for the Board since the May AGM have been the recruitment of the new CEO and a range of activities and processes aimed at building LVI capacity in support of its members and the future of Landcare in Victoria, including induction of new board members.

The LVI Board for 2020 is Chair Terry Hubbard (Goulburn Broken), Deputy Chair – Operations Jane Carney (North East), Deputy Chair – Partnerships Alice Knight (Corangamite), Treasurer Leanne Jackman (Wimmera), Secretary Beth Ripper (West Gippsland), Jenny Robertson (East Gippsland), Ian Arney (Mallee), Paul Foreman (North Central), Marijke de Bever-Price (Port Phillip and Westernport) and Professional Landcarers Kerri Robson and Scott Elliot. For more information on each LVI Committee of Management member click here

 The Glenelg Hopkins representative is presently vacant.  LVI will shortly arrange for the selection of a new member to take up that role.



LVI membership and insurance renewals were due 30th June 2020. Renewal paperwork for the 2020/21 year, was sent to all current billing contacts either by email or post in early June. If you cannot locate your Landcare Victoria Inc. renewal notices please let us know as quickly as possible.

If you are conducting activities or applying for grants it is crucial that you renew your membership & insurance beforehand!

Membership & Insurance certificates are now available for financial Member Groups (turnaround is about a week) – please be patient during this busy period. If you are unsure whether your group is currently covered please call us on 03 9207 5527 or email


The 2020/21 insurance summary is now available at

All LVI Member Groups who have completed their membership renewal for 2020-21 are covered by this LVI insurance package.Please note that insurance policies and conditions have changed over the last few years so please read them carefully to ensure coverage.

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Andrew MacLean

Chief Executive Officer

Landcare Victoria Inc. | 0417 052 495