The Regional Community Engagement project aims to increase community awareness and understanding of natural resources in the South West, and build the capacity and skills of the community to get involved in NRM and sustainable agriculture.
The project supports our Regional Partners, the many Landcare and NRM officers and volunteers in the South West, by investing in capacity building support and facilitating the development of knowledge and skills. This approach acknowledges the integral role the community plays in driving and achieving environmental and sustainable agriculture outcomes through effective and collaborative NRM.
Engagement with a broad cross-section of stakeholders, including private industry, business, government agencies, local government, research institutions, Aboriginal groups, grower groups and the community, is undertaken on an ongoing basis to build partnerships and facilitate information sharing and collaboration across the South West.
Engagement is delivered in a strategic and targeted approach to ensure it is effective, efficient and meets a community need. It focuses on the key areas of training and capacity building, strategic engagement events, regional events, knowledge brokering, communications, governance, partnerships, volunteer engagement and other targeted engagement.
As a result, more than 400 community members have been engaged, including 113 community volunteers, via 18 strategic engagement events and other initiatives. The events included the 2014 South West Celebration, the largest annual regional NRM event in the South West, two Black Cockatoo Friday events, three planting days, a Fabulous by Firelight Pop-Up Dining experience targeted at rural women, targeted training, beach clean-ups, and Regional Coordination Team and SWCC Association meetings.
In addition, more than 42 community groups have been engaged to build capacity and skills via a range of events and other support mechanisms.
Funding was provided to these groups to support and assist them to either attend or run events that build community skills, knowledge and capacity. In addition, a private online professional forum, the SW NRM Portal, was developed to support and facilitate information and idea sharing between Regional Partners, which now has 26 active members.
The SWCC network has grown to over 1000 members, who are regularly engaged through SWCC communication mechanisms, the SWCC e-news and South West Link e-newsletters. A total of 30 media releases were developed over the year to further increase knowledge and awareness of NRM and sustainable agriculture issues.
SWCC’s Facebook following has also officially increased to over 500 members!
SWCC will continue the success of its Regional Community Engagement project in 2015-16 to further build the knowledge, skills and capacity of the NRM community.
“It was great for me to be involved as an invited guest in a panel discussion, giving me experience in public speaking about ‘umbrella scale’ issues alongside knowledgeable people. Thank you so much SWCC for the support to send us there. It made it achievable financially.”
Ella Maesepp, Katanning Landcare, attended the National Landcare Conference, 17 – 19 September 2014, Melbourne.
- Blackwood Basin Group
- Cape to Cape Catchments Group
- Leschenault Catchment Council
- Lower Blackwood Catchment
- Katanning Landcare
- Wagin-Woodanilling Landcare Zone
- Warren Catchments Council
5 strategic engagement events
18 strategic engagement events
35 community members supported
1000 community members supported