Landcare is a popular and well-supported partnership project that links governments with communities to protect and rebuild our environment.
Landcare was initially first formed near St Arnaud in 1986. Landcare was formed as a result of community interest which was supported by the government. The Minister for Conservation, Joan Kirner, saw the value in community-based organisations. The Minister recognised the potential of having a unified system between landholders undertaking invaluable work that was financially supported by government.
'Landcare was a government-initiated program, it was based on the notion of a government-community partnership'. (Youl. R, 2006)
Landcare was formed on the understanding that community groups would be driven through organised management and cooperation to reach a defined objective. Landcare was based on the principle that it would allow community to recongnise the needs of their local areas and to undertake projects to improve the health of the land.
Landcare was first formed due to community concern of the increasing dryland salinity. it was recognised that landholders working on their own properties could do little or nothing to manage the problem but by having a more organised approach could control the dryland salinity.
Reference: Youl. R, 2006, 'Landcare in Victoria'.