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Wodonga Urban Landcare Network

Wodonga Urban Landcare Network provides support to groups and facilitates opportunities for linkages, information sharing, co-operative and wholistic planning and community involvement in land management across the municipality of Wodonga.

We support not-for-profit community groups and land managers to be actively involved in the protection, preservation, improvement and management of parks, gardens, bushland, farmland and the open spaces of Wodonga. Local groups currently involved with WULN include Baranduda Landcare, Leneva Landcare, Huon Creek Landcare, Bonegilla Rail Trail, Clyde Cameron Reserve Group, Parklands Albury Wodonga, and Friends of Willow Park, Felltimber Creek, Belvior Park, the Ridges Reserves, and Huon Creek.

The Network is managed by a committee of volunteers representing each of our member groups, and is funded by the Victorian Government. The WULN Committee of Management meets quarterly, with day-to-day operation of the Network handled by an Executive. A Network facilitator is employed to provide support and co-ordinate training and other opportunities for member groups. New members are most welcome!

Our Vision is of a bio-diverse, connected and sustainable landscape, supported by an integrated community approach.

Our Mission is to support, inspire and bring together a network of active steward groups that work effectively and co-operatively with all stakeholders to enhance and protect the environment of the Wodonga municipality.

We exist to:
• promote appreciation and awareness of our environment,
• support the growth and sustainability of member groups,
• facilitate partnerships and a whole-of community approach,
• act as a catalyst for change,
• facilitate landscape scale plans and projects,
• broker opportunities for environmental benefit
• plan strategically together for broader outcomes,
• advocate for member groups and the environment.

History:

In 2012 Friends of Willow Park, in partnership with Baranduda Landcare Group and Friends of Belvoir Park, received a $149,000 share of the Victorian Government’s $12 million Victorian Local Landcare Facilitator Initiative grant to provide this local landcare support up to June 2015.

The Victorian Government provided the funding for local Landcare groups to contribute to the salaries of facilitators to support the work of local Landcare communities to protect, enhance and restore our natural environment and to work towards becoming self-sustaining.

Strategic and Operational plans were developed throughout 2012. Features of the Strategic plan are filling out the governance structure, co-ordinating social, inspirational and educational networking activities, developing and implementing key strategies including a communications and promotions and capacity development for member groups, the development of protocols with the City of Wodonga, and coordinating several specific projects.

Current WULN projects include the development of the Wodonga Local Sustainability Education Netywork, running a ‘Transform-a-thon’ with local Scout groups, coordinating a series of workshops aimed at developing a comprehensive ‘who’s who’ resources package for local groups, and the ‘Bio-links Stage 2’ project focusing on on-ground works along House and Huon Creeks through Wodonga. WULN also produces a monthly Bulletin of local events, activities and opportunities, and is developing a project to tackle woody weeds along roadsides and creeks throughout Wodonga.