Flood Creek Non-Nativist Landcare Group was recently formally granted affiliate status by the Upper-Shoalhaven Landcare Council (a district Landcare association). This affiliation provides us and other local Landcare groups in the Upper-Shoalhaven catchment with insurance for members and volunteers for all Landcare sites, projects and events. The need for coverage is an annoyance, but remains a necessary evil for most community groups like ours.
Regardless of this, we are delighted and consider affiliation as somewhat of a milestone, as it signifies the arrival of our group as a member of the Upper-Shoalhaven Landcare community. We look forward to interacting and sharing our learning experiences with our fellow Landcarers and others within the wider community in future.
See correspondence from the USLC below:
I am sending you this email subsequent to your phone call with Martin yesterday.
Further to our pervious email correspondence; the USLC Executive has considered the application from Flood Creek Non-Nativist Landcare Group (FCNNLG) for affiliation with USLC to ensure your members and other community volunteers are covered by the Landcare insurance policy when conducting upcoming Landcare activities. I am please to advise that the USLC has approved your request for affiliation and, as you point out, is in the fortunate position of being adequately funded by SELLS to provide such support to FCNNLG, along with the broader Landcare community in this USLC region.
The USLC has made this decision after consultation with members of the BULG Executive to ensure there is no current perception of conflict with geographic coverage of Landcare activities on the Flood Creek area with the establishment of your FCNNLG. The USLC also would have appreciated the opportunity to better understand the planned strategies and projects to be undertaken by FCNNLG as part of its consideration of your request. This has not been possible at this time or this week and so we look forward to the opportunity to discuss them with you and other members of your group at an appropriate time early in 2015. To that end, we are planning a follow up to the excellent work of Su Wild River and the USLC Committee members at the Xmas in July (2014) Workshop to bring Landcare Group representatives together early in 2015 to further investigate the issues, opportunities and projects USLC should be undertaking ourselves and/or supporting with Landcare group members. We would like to think that as an affiliated member of USLC the FCNNLG will be able to attend and participate in that next phase of this work that facilitates the “bottom-up” community based approach to Landcare work we all favour.
The USLC Temporary Landcare Support Officer Su Wild River will be in touch as soon as practical to confirm details of the FCNNLG affiliation with USLC.
Martin and Colin on behalf of the USLC