The environment will be the biggest winner as a result of Central West Lachlan Landcare (CWLL) teaming up with Parkes and Forbes Shire Councils. To enable CWLL to promote more sustainable environmental practices, wildlife
habitat preservation and community education across the region, Forbes Shire Council have donated a 2015 Toyota Kluger with Parkes Shire Council providing $10,000 per year for three years to offset running costs for the vehicle.
CWLL Chairperson, Margot Jolly said this support would enable CWLL to engage in activities and initiatives outside normal trading hours for the benefit of both shire regions. “With this additional support from Parkes and Forbes Shire Councils, CWLL can continue to host the Skillset Green Army teams, who have undertaken work in both shires.
The program provides training and skill development for young people. CWLL will also be able to continue to develop programs across our region over the next three years”.
CWLL secured funding through the Local Landcare Coordinator Initiative to provide a part-time position until June 2019 for a coordinator. This allows CWLL to run an office open between 9am – 3.30pm on weekdays. Parkes Shire Mayor, Cr Ken Keith OAM said: “This funding arrangement will serve to reinforce the positive relationship between
the organisations, and assist in the delivery of long term landcare outcomes for the two communities.” Forbes Shire Mayor, Cr Graeme Miller said his Council was proud to partner with a neighbouring community to support CWLL in its efforts to make the area vibrant and sustainable. “This is a significant contribution and will allow CWLL offer their services on a wider scale,” he said.
The local Landcare Coordinator Initiative, which has been outlaid throughout NSW, will provide over $15 million to renew the government-community relationship and unlock the full potential of thousands of volunteers in the Landcare network.