Background & History
The main aim of the Landcare Groups that form the Bass Coast Landcare Network is to promote land use and management that ensures integrity and sustainability of land, water and biodiversity. The Networks core purpose is to provide support and resources to the groups within the Network to assist them in achieving their aims and objectives.
The Bass Coast Landcare Network (BCLN) was formed in 2003 as an affiliation of the Landcare Groups, enabling them to better position themselves for investment from government, local, state and federal and corporate programs. Sixty percent of the 1,400 rural properties in the Network area are involved in and supported by the BCLN.
Under the direction of each of the Groups and the Network, Landcare staff manages a variety of programs, including;
- Partnerships in action – Engaging and delivering partnership in the corporate and agency sector
- Practical Sustainability in the peri-urban environment – Landcare for urban residents
- Restoring Our Fragmented Landscape – Remnant Vegetation Protection and Revegetation
- Pest Plant and Animals Know No Boundaries – Integrated Pest Plant and Animal Control
- Ecosystem Services Delivery – Valuing biodiversity and guaranteeing a Net Gain
- Sustainable Agriculture for Bass Coast - Trials, diversification and innovation
- Environmental Detectives - Environmental education for the next generation
- Training Programs - Connecting landholders with skills and knowledge to address future needs
Bass Coast Landcare Network Organisation Chart
Our vision is to be a community engaged in supporting a productive, biodiverse landscape incorporating sustainable agricultural practices and innovative environmental enterprises. We collaborate with our groups, the community and partners to provide on ground services in the delivery of innovative land and environmental management practices in support of healthy and resilient communities and ecosystems for generations to come.
The following five mission statements detail the core purposes of the Bass Coast Landcare Network
1. Leading the way: Being a lead organisation and providing environmental services
Become a lead organisation in demonstrating what is possible in best practice land management by testing ideas and driving innovation. Be a provider of ‘high quality’ environmental services to individuals and organisations
2. Relationships with groups: Building the Community of Practice
To be an effective Community of Practice with members, of all ages, actively participating in Landcare activities.
3. Learning and doing: Providing education, training and practical assistance
Provide leadership to support members through collaborating and sharing ideas, education and training, and practical assistance.
4. Coordinating and developing: Effective administration and project development
Provide effective administrative support for the projects and programs, including advocacy and promotion. Coordinate external opportunities for funding.
5. Promoting Land Stewardship
For people to become land stewards and be knowledgeable about how they can contribute to a sustainable, productive landscape that supports healthy communities.