Partnerships are crucial to sustain a grassroots movement. A goal of the State Community Landcare Plan is the establishment of a cross-party group of SA Members of Parliament in support of Landcare.
The Parliamentary Friends of Landcare SA provides an avenue for Members of Parliament to connect with and offer support to Landcare both at the state level and locally in suburbs, regional towns and farming communities.
Parliamentary Friends of Landcare SA continues a longstanding tradition of multi-party support for Landcare with all political parties represented.
Summary of project outcomes
The Parliamentary Friends of Landcare SA, members of the LASA management committee and volunteer landcarers held their inaugural dinner in 2019. Since that time, all parties have engaged in ongoing discussions about issues facing Landcare in SA and actions to address these.
A planting day was held in September 2019 with members of Parliament and the Tennyson Dune Care Group working together, followed by a morning tea at Parliament House. This event provided an opportunity to progress these discussions.
What makes this project so special?
This is the first time members of parliament as a group have come together with volunteers to discuss issues and share information at the grassroots level. It is envisaged that this project will give both groups an understanding of how they can work together.