• With landholders
  • With other stakeholders – examples of partnerships, from Govt, private sponsors, Sister Landcare (Tamar NRM), farming groups, education, friends of groups, NGOs etc

Sister Landcare with Tamar NRM

In 2006, Tamar NRM and the Woady Yaloak Catchment (WYC) Group established a formal relationship to foster information and knowledge exchange in natural resource management, modelled on the highly successful sister city program. Both groups have demonstrated success in their own right, with Tamar NRM being a finalist and the WYC Group winning the 2004 National Landcare catchment award. Both organisations recognise the benefits to be gained from each other’s experiences through study tour, information exchange and dialogue. Tamar NRM last visted the Woady Yaioak Catchment in June 2016.

Landscapes for the Future

Landscapes for the Future Limited began as an initiative of the Woady Yaloak Catchment Group. The company promotes the use of geographic information system (GIS) technology as a tool to assist with Landcare project management.

The Woady Yaloak Catchment Project's involvement with GIS began in 1995, via a Ballarat University project conducted with the Pittong-Hoyles Creek Landcare Group. At the time several geographic information systems were in operation, but they tended to
focus at the catchment scale. In contrast the WYC Group's use of the GIS focused on individual landholders and then used this information to build to a catchment perspective, in a 'bottom up' approach to planning.

Landholders were very impressed with the concept, but wanted a more interactive, user friendly and low cost system. It was at this point that Ballarat computer software developer Osprey Computing became involved.

Over a three year period, the WYC Project in partnership with Alcoa of Australia, the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority and Osprey Computing worked together to pioneer a Landcare specific software package called Streets Ahead™. Streets Ahead became a very important tool for project management in the Woady Yaloak Catchment.

With the success of the software in the Woady Yaloak Catchment, it became obvious that it had application in the broader Landcare community. This prompted the creation of a not-for-profit company, Landscapes for the Future Limited, in 2002. The purpose of 20 Landscapes for the Future was to share the ideas, experiences and expertise of the WYC with other Landcare Networks.

As technology evolved, web based platforms became more accessible and Catchment Management Authorities began offering similar support, the opportunity for ongoing promotion diminished.

Landscapes for the Future Limited operated for three years before being wound up. The business had served its purpose to promote low cost GIS across the landcare movement.

Current sponsors

Department of Environment and Primary Industries
Australian Government (National Landcare Program)
Gorse task force
Golden Plains Shire
Centre for eResearch and Digital Innovation - Federation University Australia
Corangamite CMA - waterways program

Corangamite CMA – regional landcare program

Sponsors for more than 10 years

  • Alcoa of Australia Limited
  • Golden Plains Shire

Major past sponsors

  • Natural Heritage Trust
  • Department of Primary Industries
  • National Landcare programNational Action Plan on Salinity and Water Quality
  • Caring for our Country
  • Gorse Task Force
  • Department of Environment and Primary Industries

Past sponsors

  • Wettenhall Foundation
  • Landmark
  • Dow AgroSciences (via Landcare Australia Limited)
  • Bundaberg Rum Bush Fund (via Landcare Australia Limited)
  • Red Hill Technology
  • Sustainable Grazing Systems
  • Meat and Livestock Australia
  • University of Ballarat
  • Telstra Country Wide (via Landcare Australia Limited)
  • Stephens Pasture Seeds
  • Gillear Lime
  • Sustainable Grazing of Saline Land
  • Farmright Technical Services
  • National Landcare program
  • National action Plan on Salinity and Water Quality
  • Country Women's Association, Victoria
  • Centacare
  • Australia Post
  • Landcare Australia
  • Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party
  • Regional Landcare Facilitator Project