it's a great way to connect and have an impact
what can i do?
Volunteering is a great way to give something back to the community and the local environment.
Landcare work is not limited to planting trees and pulling out weeds, the beauty of the movement is that it is diverse, and there is something for everyone no matter what your experience is, and where you are at in life.
We can connect you with opportunities to suit your knowledge, skills and passions, accessibility needs and fitness levels, just let us know what you want to do and where you want to work, or if you’re a little stuck on this, we can help you discover this too.
We are always looking for volunteers to help out with local environmental projects, and yes this may mean getting your hands dirty, being active and getting outside which has great social and physical health benefits. But we are also on the look out for people with other diverse skills such as administration, marketing, media, communications, photography, accounting, botany, seed collection, volunteer liaison and much more which helps contribute to the whole system which supports grass roots environmental volunteerism, and ultimately the protection and restoration of our local environment.
contact our Landcare Coordinator to get involved today firstname.lastname@example.org
where can i volunteer?
Across the 3 local government areas of Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama, there are over 100 volunteer ‘care’ groups collectively working to repair the local Illawarra environment.
Add to the mix, over 100 private landholders working with Landcare Illawarra to look after native vegetation, threatened species and endangered ecological communities on their property, that makes for a pretty big collective impact in our region!
There are a number of ways to get involved in local ‘care’ groups depending on the types of groups you would like to get involved in. There are council Bushcare programs which may be of interest, or other Landcare and ‘care’ groups near by that take your fancy. Contact us if you don’t know where to start and we will help you find the right activity and group for you.
What’s the difference between Landcare and Bushcare? Essentially nothing. When it comes to the on the ground work, Landcare and Bushcare are pretty much the same. They are environmental restoration activities addressing local environmental issues, led by passionate volunteers in the local community who want to do something about it.
The difference really is that Bushcare groups in the Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas working on public land, are supported with resources such as tools, training and insurance. Kiama Municipal Council does not currently have a Bushcare program. Landcare groups are all other groups not supported by a council Bushcare program, working on both private and public land.
Landcare Illawarra supports over 24 groups working across the region with resources and insurance under their membership program.