NEW ARMIDALE-BASED LANDCARE CO-ORDINATOR APPOINTED

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

NORTHERN Tablelands MP Adam Marshall today announced that Armidale-based Southern New England Landcare Committee (SNELCC) is among 62 organisations across the state that will host a local co-ordinator as part of the NSW Government’s $15 million Local Landcare Co-ordinator Initiative.

Mr Marshall said Charlie Carruthers had been appointed by SNELCC to help deliver Landcare projects in the Northern Tablelands electorate.

“Charlie is based in Armidale and is one of 66 part-time local Landcare coordinators who have been appointed for a three-and-half-year period,” Mr Marshall said.

“Charlie has 15 years’ experience in natural resource management and has worked in many inland and coastal catchments across the state.

“Much of his career has focused on engaging communities, building capacity and coordinating and delivering aquatic habitat rehabilitation initiatives.

“Charlie has experience in working with all three tiers of government and a multitude of community groups and stakeholders and is currently undertaking postgraduate studies in natural resource management.”

Mr Marshall said the appointment signaled the successful fulfilment of stage one of the initiative that has been designed to build capacity and connections within local communities and increase the effectiveness of the Landcare network.

“The co-ordinators are meeting in Newcastle this week for an induction program that signals the development of a community of practice to bring together, ideas, innovation and training concepts across the state,” he said.

“This initiative has been designed to develop a stronger network of Landcare and community groups and to find a sustainable model to ensure Landcare’s future viability.

“I congratulate Charlie on his appointment and wish him every success in the new role.”

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