Productive catchment management
The Woady Yaloak Catchment Project committee's ongoing focus is to promote productive catchment management. It has become their catch cry and a measurable objective. Productivity and environmental restoration go hand in hand. Successful businesses generate profits which support environmental works.
Ongoing participation is critical
The Woady Project recognises the value of participation in sustaining action over time. Care and improvement of the natural environment is a lifetime commitment and we cannot hope to achieve sustained positive outcomes without the long-term commitment and interest of landholders.
The Woady Yaloak Executive Committee is very conscious of both attracting new members to the Project, but also maintaining the interest and activity levels of existing members. It does this by seeking to meet the needs and appeal to the interests of its members. Sometimes these needs/interests may not align with regional, state or national priorities, but they are locally important and therefore worthy of the Project’s commitment.
Projects are landholder driven
The project aims and action plans are developed with extensive landholder consultation and thus are a direct reflection of the community’s needs, ideas and interests. This strong emphasis on landholder driven projects ensures local ownership and commitment.
There is a focus on on-ground works
When landholders join landcare, most of them do so because they are interested in doing work that will improve the environment. Woady seeks to harness this intent by directing members’ energy toward on-ground works. With this in mind, meetings are kept to a minimum and are focused on planning and reviewing on-ground works.
It is easy to be involved
Group members are relieved of the burden of administrative tasks, such as funding applications, record keeping and reporting to stakeholders. These tasks are the responsibility of the Project Manager and Executive Committee. Turn around times for approval of project proposals and reimbursement of project expenses are within a month. Decisions are made quickly, so that the momentum of the group is maintained.
Innovation is encouraged
The Group recognise that trial and error are vital parts of the learning process. Groups are encouraged to try new things and share the results, both successes and failures.
The process is transparent
All members are subject to the same funding guidelines and details of funding allocations are reported in the annual report.
Groups are flexible
The Woady Yaloak Catchment Project recognises that each group is unique and has its own preferred method of operation. The facilitation approach is flexible and simple, with a focus on achieving landscape outcomes and meeting the needs of the landcare/interest group.
Developing landholder skills and confidence
Individuals are able to work at a level where they are comfortable. This approach allows people to start with lower risk projects, which are easily achievable. It provides the opportunity to start small and learn as you go. In this situation, the novice would seek and receive advice from the more experienced group members. Typically the size and complexity of projects grows as individuals develop their skills, knowledge and confidence.