Whether it be learning about the latest trends and technology driving the industry, the opportunity to network with your peers, or taking part in robust discussion, there’s something for every Landcarer at the 2018 National Landcare Conference.

Be inspired and encouraged by the work of the Landcare community as we celebrate the theme ‘Landcare – Building a Better Tomorrow’.

More details on the conference program will be available soon.

Call for abstract submissions

Share your story at the 2018 National Landcare Conference


If you have a story that showcases the Landcare approach to natural resource management or sustainable agriculture, we invite you to submit an abstract.

With the theme Landcare – Building a Better Tomorrow’, we are seeking presentations that fit the following stream topics:

  • Sustainable Agriculture – Innovation and Conservation in a Changing Landscape
  • Community in Action – Grassroots with a Purpose
  • Partnerships – Collaboration for Successful Outcomes
  • Environment – Improving and Protecting our Natural Assets

Whether you’re a farmer, volunteer, Landcare group, natural resource management organisation, primary industry representative, environmentalist and conservationist, academic, or researcher, we encourage all Landcarers who have something valuable to share to submit an abstract today.

Poster Presentations

We are also offering conference participants the opportunity to contribute to our poster exhibit which illustrates outcomes and lessons learned from Landcare or national resource management projects. If you have a poster which you would like to display at the conference, we also invite you to submit an abstract.

By contributing to the conference, whether it be a presentation or poster exhibit, you’ll be helping to create an engaging program for all involved, while helping build a better tomorrow



Submissions close Wednesday, 27 June 2018.



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Session Streams


Sustainable Agriculture – Innovation and Conservation in a Changing Landscape

Farmers manage over half of the Australian landscape, and, in order to ensure a better tomorrow, innovation and conservation are critical for managing land and water assets.

This stream will focus on how agriculture is adapting to an ever increasing range of challenges, including climate change, and, how Landcare is developing and implementing innovative farming practices to sustainably manage our productive natural assets.

Environment – Improving and Protecting our Natural Assets

Australia’s natural resources are unique, irreplaceable and finite. As stewards of the Australian landscape we are obligated to develop innovative and diverse approaches to protect our natural assets for a better tomorrow.

This stream will demonstrate how various Indigenous, Bushcare, Coastcare and other Landcare community groups are contributing to successfully meet these challenges.


Community in Action – Grassroots with a Purpose

Community participation is at the heart of Landcare.

This stream will showcase the achievements of individual Landcare community groups and projects that demonstrate the value delivered from investing in communities.


Partnerships – Collaboration for Successful Outcomes

The significant local knowledge, experience and commitment within the grassroots Landcare movement is a proven valuable resource.

This stream will focus on successful partnerships that leverage collaboration and investment for greater impact.

2018 National Landcare Conference and Awards Program


Wednesday 10 October

Field Trips to various locations

Welcome Reception 6.30pm – 8.00pm

Thursday 11 October

First day of Conference (plenary and streams)

Junior Landcare Excursions

National Landcare Awards Gala Dinner 7.00pm – 11.30pm

Friday 12 October

Second day of Conference (plenary and streams)

8:00 am
Registration Opens
9:00am – 9:15am
Official Welcome
9.15am – 9.25am
Welcome to Country
9.25am – 9.55am
Opening Plenary: Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery, AC, AO (Mil), CVO, MC (Retd): Save the Soil; Save the Planet
9.55am – 10.30 am
Plenary 2
10.30 am – 11.00 am
11.00am – 11.50am
Climate Impacts and Responses Setting the scene

The Challenge of Climate Change for Australian Landscapes Will Steffen, Climate Council of Australia Rivers of Carbon – Rivers of Life: inspiring on-ground and in-river action Siwan Lovett, Australian River Restoration Centre

Community Engagement Building community capacity

Integrating Cultural Connections and Connectivity Conservation Mary Bonet, Upper Lachlan Landcare Steven Taylor, Weigelli Centre Aboriginal Corporation The easy step by step guide in building your crowdfunding campaign in one week! Rob Novotny, Landcare Australia

Landscape Challenges and Responses Agriculture and conservation working together

ENGAGING CONVERSATIONS: Realising dual benefits for productivity and the environment Territory Conservation Agreements: Linking Conservation and Production Daniel Chapman, Territory NRM Building resilience in grazing agriculture near Mount Wallace swamp Anthony Dufty, Moorabool Landcare Network Revegetation by Stealth – Add a source of stock fodder for the autumn feed gap David Collins, Greening Australia With a little help from my friends: Integrated Management of Vertebrate pests within fragmented landscapes; bringing community and government together Rebecca Palumbo, Wheatbelt Natural Resource Management

Collaboration and Innovation Collaborative approaches

Community-driven Landscape Restoration Beth Mellick, The Norman Wettenhall Foundation. Krista Patterson-Majoor, Connecting Country Collaborate or die: The formation of the Northern Agricultural Region Sustainable Agriculture Network (NARSAN) Stanley Yokwe, Northern Agricultural Catchments Council

12.00pm – 12.30pm
Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award Presentations
Australian Government Partnerships with Landcare Award Presentations
Coastcare Award Presentations
Fairfax Media Landcare Community Group Award Presentations
12.30pm – 1.30pm
1.30pm – 2.30pm
Climate Impacts and Responses Setting the scene

ENGAGING CONVERSATIONS: Responding to extreme events Resilience of natural resources to extreme climate events Brent Jacobs, University of Technology Sydney Developing Landcare as a global model to respond to climate impacts and responses Rob Youl OAM, Australian Landcare International, Jen Quealey,TBL Creative Partnerships Engaging communities in an online forum to help shape drought support Malcolm Brown, Agriculture Victoria, Eyal Halamish, OurSay Landcare’s role in fire recovery Andrea Mason, Leigh Catchment Group

Community Engagement New approaches to community engagement

Reversing reptile decline – Engaging community, reptiles and toads Graeme Sawyer, BiodiversityWatch South East Local Leaders Program: Developing capacity, strengthening industry, building community resilience Peter Pigott, South East Local Land Services Mastering Farmer to Farmer extension to drive landscape change Rowan Reid, Australian Agroforestry Foundation

Landscape Challenges and Responses New ways of doing landscape scale works

20 Million Trees by 2020 – case studies highlighting progress and challenges Daniel Sheedy, Department of the Environment and Energy Citizen science in action: Community lead vegetation management in the Southern Otways Libby Riches, Southern Otway Landcare Network Grazing best management practices – A benchmarking tool for productivity opportunities, extension and continuous improvement in grazing practices Corrie Grimmett, AgForce Queensland

Collaboration and Innovation Innovative methods

Rehabilitation of Soil Erosion on Urban Farms Linda Murray, Carbiculture Understanding your soil conditions at the touch of a finger Cam Nicholson, Woady Yaloak Catchment Group and Peter Dahlhaus Dung beetles: cascading biochar’s benefits as a carbon sequestration methedology Kathy Dawson, Warren Catchments Council Inc

2.40pm – 3.10pm
Manpower Young Landcare Leader Award Presentations
Indigenous Land Corporation Indigenous Land Management Award Presentations
Australian Government Innovation in Sustainable Farm Practices Award Presentations
Australian Government Landcare Facilitator or Coordinator Award Presentations
3.10pm – 3.40pm
3.45pm – 4.15pm
Plenary: Mr. Don Burke: New Research on how Water and Soils impact on plants in Australia
4.15pm – 4.45pm
Plenary: Indigenous Landcare stories
Conference Closes
7.00pm – late
2016 National Landcare Awards Gala Dinner – MCEC
Registration Opens
Plenary Sessions
9.10am – 10.15am
Panel session: Future directions for Landcare
10.30am – 11.00am
Victorian Government presentation
11.00am – 11.30am
11.30am – 12.30pm
Climate Impacts and Responses Tools for climate change mitigation

Realising opportunities for carbon sequestration and green house gas emission reductions in Australian landscapes Benjamin Docker, Department of the Environment and Energy Climate Change Adaptation Planning within a Resilience Framework Kate Brunt, Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority

Community Engagement Where are we at after 30 years?

AFTER 30 YEARS OF LANDCARE IN CORANGAMITE – WHAT NOW? Tracey McRae, Corangamite Catchment Management Authority 30 YEARS OF LANDCARE IN THE VICTORIAN MALLEE Kevin Chaplin, Mallee Catchment Management Authority

Landscape Challenges and Responses Partnerships for success

Biosecurity, land management and the importance of a partnership approach Debbie Langford, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources The grass is not greener on the other side – how rural landholders perceive environmental issues on their property and local Helen Smith, Southern Cross University

Collaboration and Innovation Developing Landcarers

ENGAGING CONVERSATIONS: Developing Landcarers A new approach to Landcare training incorporating international benefits that consolidates and coordinates Australian knowledge and practice Angus Hume, West Gippsland CMA Peer-to-peer learning and the remaking of Landcare Ross Colliver, Victorian Landcare Council Measuring Capacity to Build Landcare Edwina Hayes, Holbrook Landcare Network

12.30pm – 1.30pm
1.30pm – 2.40pm
Climate Impacts and Responses Climate change in the planning process

Planning for climate change: using a common language through an environmental-economic accounting framework Zaida Contreras, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning The Nature of SA – A new nature conservation approach Vicki-Jo Russell, Trees for Life

Community Engagement Where to next with community engagement?

ENGAGING CONVERSATIONS – Expanding the Landcare base Intrepid Landcare: Embracing adventure, chaos and creativity to inspire and connect young people in Landcare Megan Rowlatt, Intrepid Landcare Building engaged communities – the NSW local Landcare coordinator initiative Jennie Coldham, Landcare NSW Sonia Williams, Landcare NSW UTAS CARES: Connecting Students, Staff and Care Groups in Southern Tasmania Elizabeth Shannon, University of Tasmania Bringing invisible land carers into the Landcare fold Liddy Neville, Bellarine Landcare Group

Landscape Challenges and Responses Working in urban and peri-urban landscapes

The Nectar Project: An Urban Project to Assist Regional Connectivity Elle Fox, Moorabool Catchment Landcare Group Horses for Clean Water Puget Sound USA Study Tour Karen O’Keefe, Corangamite CMA

Collaboration and Innovation Using innovation to collaborate at large scales

A question of leadership: Challenging assumptions through strategic innovation and collaboration on prickly acacia control in the Northern Lake Eyre Basin Vol Norris, Desert Channels Queensland Doug Allpass, Desert Channels Queensland The Rangeland NRM Alliance and the development of the NRM Spatial Hub – innovation through collaboration Kate Forrest, Rangeland NRM Alliance

2.45pm – 3..00pm
Closing Plenary
3.00 – 3.30pm
Conference Close

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