Vale Joan Kirner

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Dear Member Groups & FTLA friends,

It is with sadness that the Farm Tree & Landcare Associations recognises the passing of Joan Kirner, who among her many achievements, can count the founding of Landcare among them.

Without Joan Kirner’s innovation and willingness to reach out to beyond political affiliations to Heather Mitchell, then President of the Victorian Farmers Federation, to bring the community with her and focus on solutions, Landcare would not be what it is today. In 2014, Joan said that “Landcare was built on sustainability. It’s now national and international. And it’s based on community ownership of community change principle. I’m very proud of Landcare.” The principles of local action, practical solutions, and working together are her legacy and still guide Landcare today.

Landcare as we know it today, a movement that has been celebrated by both rural and city dwellers and involves people of all ages working together, is a true memorial to Joan whose life was dedicated to the improvement of a better understanding of how people of all persuasions can work together to achieve a community outcome.

Our deep condolences to her family, friends and the many many people whose lives she touched for the better.

Kind regards

Susi J Johnson

Executive Officer

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Farm Tree and Landcare Association