Who We Are

The Lower Blackwood Land Conservation District Committee (LCDC) is a statutory committee that has been appointed by the Department of Agriculture and Food's Commissioner of Soil and Land Conservation and was established in 1991. It is a not-for-profit, community managed, constituted and independent land care organisation with a membership representative of landholders with an interest in sustainable agriculture, catchment management, the broader environment and river health in the Lower Blackwood catchment. 

Message from the Chair

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The Lower Blackwood Region is one that is so incredibly unique and diverse in so many ways. From my home, a dairy farm in the undulating hills of Rosa Glen, to the Scott Coastal Plain with unique wetland environments, to southern section of the Leeuwin coastal ridge from Augusta to Redgate beach, this lower south west corner has a variety of landscapes which are home to a number of unique species of plant and animals.

Tourists from all over the world visit this corner of the state in large numbers to enjoy the local produce and natural environments, and it holds a special part in the heart of many Western Australians. Here in this beautiful part of the world we have an important Agriculture industry, with grazing for beef and dairy, sheep and wool, horticulture and viticulture contributing to the local economy. Lower Blackwood Landcare plays a vital role in not only the protection and conservation of our wonderful region but also in the promotion of sustainable agriculture practices and research to ensure that our agriculture industry continues to develop and grow.

Tim Crimp.  

Chair - Lower Blackwood Land Conservation District Committee (2018)


Our Landcare OFFICERS

Joanna Wren (Executive Officer)

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Jo Wren joined the Lower Blackwood LCDC team in March 2018 and has been working in sustainable agriculture for over 10 years running her production horticulture business and being very active at an industry level.  Jo has been involved with the Lower Blackwood LCDC for many years and is excited and committed to bringing projects and research into the catchment to assist and support our landowners and protect and enhance our beautiful, unique environment.

You can contact Jo on 0408 584 006 or joanna.wren@lowerblackwood.com.au


Dr Chiara Danese (Project Officer)

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Chiara joined the LCDC in 2017 to assist with GIS mapping, ecological restoration type projects and project reporting. Chiara has recently completed a PhD in Adaptation Planning and has more than 15 years experience in the field of natural resource management throughout Western Australia.

You can contact Chiara via email at chiara.danese@lowerblackwood.com.au  or call the office's number 08 9758 4021.


Kate Tarrant (Communications Officer)

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Kate brings to the LCDC over 20 years of experience in marketing & communication. Kate moved to the catchment in 2015 for a tree change and, as a new landholder herself, is acutely aware of the importance of knowledge sharing & facilitating an information hub that assists landholders to make good decisions about managing their land.

You can contact Kate via email at kate.tarrant@lowerblackwood.com.au, or call 0409203056.


Erica teasdale (project officer)

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Erica is a third generation Lower Blackwood local landowner with a passion for waterways health and she especially loves that healthy rivers & creeklines bring beauty & joy to farmers and their families. Her passion originally led her to undertake a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management and a career working in the environmental industry followed. She is delighted to now be in a position to help local landowners on their own creekline projects through the LCDC.

You can contact Erica via email at project.officer@lowerblackwood.com.au, or call (08) 9758 4021.