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Landcare is a grass roots movement that harnesses individuals and groups under the ethic of caring for the land.  It had its genesis in initiatives to improve agricultural productivity through sustainable land management.  The movement has grown from this to a broader focus on sustainable management of all of Australia’s natural resource assets and now encompasses individuals and groups across the whole landscape from coastal to urban and remote areas of Australia.
With over 6000 Landcare and Coastcare groups nationwide there is likely to be a group near you, possibly working on a project right under your nose.  Volunteers range from children to retirees, surfers to farmers and CEO’s to students.  United by a shared desire to create positive change in their communities, these individuals recognise that as a group their efforts have greater impact.

Landcare in Singleton
Landcare NSW
Landcare has been operating in the Singleton Local Government Area, with groups at Broke/Bulga, Appletree Flat, Singleton and Lambs Valley, since 1992.

Achievements at that time included remediation of saline areas along Mitchell Line Road, bio-controls for Paterson Curse and Lantana, extensive weed control, fencing and tree plantings on public reserves at Broke and creek bank tree planting at Lambs Valley.

Singleton Shire Landcare Network
In 2000, the Singleton Shire Landcare Network was formed as an umbrella organisation for all of the Landcare groups. This group employed the first Landcare Coordinator in the region. Her duties were to work with all the existing groups in seeking funding for Landcare activities, facilitate interaction between the groups and form new groups throughout the area.

The Singleton Shire Landcare Network can be contacted at PO Box 728 Singleton 2330. 

Broke Bulga Landcare Group Inc
One of the most active members in our region is Broke/Bulga Landcare. Activities have included;

  • Broke/Bulga Catchment Plan - 1998.
  • Produced a Catchment Plan for the Wollombi Brook in collaboration with Wollombi Landcare and the Broke Water Users Association - 2000.
  • Carried out work in McTaggart and Herbert Parks with funding from National Trust grants.
  • Completed rehabilitation work at Fordwich crossing with funding from Hunter Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority (now Local Land Services).

The Broke/Bulga Landcare Group may be contacted here.

Lambs Valley Landcare Group
This group has also prepared a Catchment Management Plan assisted by the Hunter Catchment Management Association (now Local Land Care).  Other work includes:

  • Completion of riparian rehabilitation projects on a number of landholders properties.
  • Hosting of a number of field days focusing on weeds and their control and a native grasses recognition workshop.
  • Completion of an African Olive and Lantana weed control program throughout the valley.
  • Program involving the active control of highly invasive grass weeds along the Hunter Valley’s roadsides.

Putty/Three Valleys Landcare Group
The Putty/Three Valleys Landcare Group may be contacted here.

Singleton Council
PO Box 314 Singleton NSW 2330
Ph: 02 6578 7290