Join a Local Landcare or Streamwatch Group
Landcare is a national network of thousands of locally-based community groups who care for the natural resources of our country. It is diverse, encompassing farmers, landholders, Traditional Owners, youth groups and individuals with a passion for environmental sustainability.
Australia is proud to boast more than 5000 community Landcare groups, 2000 Coastcare groups and many thousands of volunteers across the country.
Through Australia's people and communities, the Landcare movement is making a big difference in caring for our country.
All around Australia, Landcare volunteers are proving that together we can repair and viably manage our precious natural resources. This unique partnership between communities, government and organisations is achieving great things.
- Improving our farmlands: Many primary producers are active participants in Landcare. They make significant contributions to combating soil salinity and erosion through sound land management practices and sustainable productivity. More than 40 per cent of farmers are involved in Landcare and many more practice Landcare farming.
- Breathing new life into waterways: Groups work to conserve, rehabilitate and better manage our creeks, river systems and wetlands.
- Around the coast: Coastcare groups are active in improving local coastal and marine environments.
- Bringing back trees: Each year Landcarers plant many millions of native trees, shrubs and grasses for a range of benefits, including improved soil and water quality. They restore bushland and conserve sensitive areas on both public and private land.
- Restoring wildlife habitats: Volunteers have provided protection for thousands of native species, including threatened and endangered flora and fauna.
- Urban action – protecting our urban environment: Active Landcare groups in Australian towns and cities work thousands of hours each year to tackle local environmental issues of most concern to their communities.
Find a landcare group in your local area (opens in a new window).
Streamwatch is a Sydney-wide initiative to monitor, assess and care for local waterways. Created by Sydney Water and the Sydney Catchment Authority, since its' inception in 1990, it has enjoyed over 1,100 Streamwatch group across 1,060 different sites. It now sits within the the Greater Sydney's Landcare Network Inc, and provides the opportunity for diverse groups to get involved with water quality and testing.
Learn more about Streamwatch in your local area (opens in a new window).