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Applications close next week for Local Landcare Coordinator hosts

Local organisations planning to apply to host a part-time Local Landcare Coordinator have until 5pm next Wednesday, 14 October to lodge their applications.

Up to 60 positions are available statewide as part of the NSW Government's $15 million 2015-19 Local Landcare Coordinator Initiative.

The initiative will provide a network of locally-based coordinators to work with Landcare groups and networks to build capacity and connections within their communities.

It has been designed to increase the effectiveness of the Landcare network, extend the coverage of Landcare throughout NSW and to focus on finding a sustainable model to ensure the network's future viability.

Chair of Western Local Board, Tom Hynes said the local coordinators would work closely with existing Landcare networks and the local community to build capacity and resilience.

"By increasing the resources available at the local level and offering centralised support, the Landcare volunteer effort should be able to flourish and volunteers will be able to focus their efforts on on-ground works," Mr Hynes said.

"Throughout the Local Land Services Western Region, groups of volunteers are striving to continue and this support should help them deliver strategically-aligned programs, with the support and guidance they need.

"It will also put Landcare on a more sustainable footing to ensure you can remain financially viable in the future."

Funding of $50,000 per year is available to host organisations over a 3.5 year period to engage a part-time coordinator.

The $15 million Local Landcare Coordinators Initiative will also see the establishment of a Landcare Future Fund to investigate potential funding options, as well as a Community of Practice to provide centralised training and support.

Application guidelines can be downloaded from www.western.lls.nsw.gov.au. Completed applications must be emailed by 5pm on Wednesday 14 October 2015.