The pandemic has forced us to re-think how we deliver engagement activities and allowed us to evolve and adapt methods of engagement. The lesson I’ve learnt is that we shouldn’t underestimate the ability of our target audiences to embrace the use of technology as a way to engage and communicate.

– Peter Hilbig, Chair, Wimmera CMA
Wimmera farming family, Marty Schoo

About the Project

Wimmera Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator (RALF) services are funded and supported by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program to provide significant assistance across the Wimmera’s farming communities and agricultural industries. Establishing and building partnerships with key groups is central to the RALF role.

While the COVID-19 pandemic impacted on community participation within the natural resource management sector, the Wimmera Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator (RALF) played a significant role in establishing and building partnerships with key groups to assist efforts to adopt new and innovative sustainable agriculture practices.

A regular Wimmera Partnerships Forum, supported by the RALF, continued to bring together Landcare facilitators, ag group project officers and other extension personnel from Agriculture Victoria active within the region, to coordinate support for farmers, share learnings and promote partnerships. The forum adapted and continued to meet online where required according to COVID-19 related restrictions.

Many groups are looking for opportunities to reconnect and inject fresh motivation and inspiration into local Landcare and community group based activities after a challenging 2020-21 and the RALF is well positioned to assist these efforts.

Output 2020/21

Supported 10 groups
Supported 2 projects

Delivery Partners

Agriculture Victoria, Landcare, Perennial Pasture Systems, Vic No-Till, Birchip Cropping Group

More information

Read more about this project in the full Actions & Achievements Report 2020-21

Contact Wimmera CMA