The Victorian Landcare Program (VLP) is the program of support provided to Landcare in Victoria by the State Government and managed through the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).
The goal of the VLP is "shared responsibility for a healthy environment". The program provides for the delivery of services and initiatives to support Landcare, enabling groups and networks to be more effective. This includes the Victorian Landcare Grants, 68 Local Landcare Facilitators, a managed website (the Gateway), the Victorian Landcare and Catchment Management Magazine and the Victorian Landcare Awards which are held every 2 years.
In April 2016 the government announced $18 million in funding over four years dedicated to Landcare in Victoria, recognising that supporting Landcare is a valuable investment in Victoria's future.
Strategic delivery of the program is the responsibility of a number of Melbourne-based DELWP staff and the ten Regional Landcare Coordinators (RLCs) working from the Catchment Management Authorities across the state.
Regional Landcare program delivery is the responsibility of the RLCs who work in the ten Catchment Management Authorities. The CMAs work with the community, government and funding organisations to protect and enhance land, water and biodiversity resources in their region. This includes delivery of the Victorian Landcare Grants. To contact your local CMA, go their website listed below or contact an RLC.
The Farm Tree and Landcare Association (FTLA) is an independent incorporated association governed by its members. The FTLA has evolved to cater for groups and individuals involved in Landcare and similar land management and conservation activities.
The FTLA exists to serve the Member Groups and supports Member Groups where issues arise that are common across the membership, most notably the FTLA insurance package. Established in 1986 at the start of Landcare the FTLA currently has over 600 Member Groups and 17,000 households, including Landcare, Farm Tree, Climate Action and Friends Of groups etc.
The FTLA is not involved in the day to day running of Member Groups. The FTLA Rules allow Groups to create their own bylaws for the administration of the Member Group’s affairs and activities.
The Victorian Landcare Council (VLC) was established in 2008 to present the interests of community Landcare to State and Federal governments, government agencies, local government and Catchment Management Authorities. The VLC's objectives are to:
Coastcare Victoria supports the many community volunteer groups working to protect and enhance Victoria's 2000 kilometres of coastline. These groups help to maintain our marine and coastal environment, through activities such as revegetating coastal areas, building boardwalks, fencing, building tracks, monitoring native shorebirds and animals, presenting education and awareness raising sessions, plantings, landscaping coastal areas and protecting cultural sites.
There will always be a need for dedicated volunteers on our coast, and there are roles for people of all ages, interests and abilities.
The Victorian Environment Friends Network exists to help represent the common interests of all Friends groups in Victoria. 'Friends' are people who are interested in giving practical assistance to a particular conservation reserve, or a species of native plant or animal. They operate in conjunction with the relevant management authority, usually Parks Victoria, a municipal Council, or some other organisation such as the Trust for Nature.
Landcare Australia is a not-for-profit organisation, and registered charity, which leads the promotion of and provision of financial support to the Landcare movement’s national resource management programme in Australia; aligning the practice of environmental management with land productivity, and devolving governance and management to local communities.