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Regional Landcare Facilitator


Bindi Vanzella    
mob:  0427-008 976

Julie Bellato
mob:  0487-953 777

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About Bindi VanzellaBindi Vanzella

For more than 20 years Bindi Vanzella has actively worked in Natural Resource Management across the Murrumbidgee (including the ACT) and Lachlan River catchments on private and public land.  During this time she has delivered incentive funding projects, botanical surveys, vegetation mapping, ecological restoration plans, community facilitation, education and training, social inclusion activities, research and project partnership development.

Bindi’s current work with Greening Australia (of more than 10 years) and previous employment with Cootamundra Landcare and the NSW Dept. of Land & Water Conservation in the Western Riverina has enabled her to experience first-hand the financial and environmental challenges associated with sustainable agriculture and ecological restoration.  On her own hazelnut property in Batlow, Bindi (and her husband) have a strong focus on supporting and promoting regional produce. Their farm production works with the land, combining a love for nature and a joy for growing fresh healthy food.

Bindi is looking forward to the challenging role of Riverina Landcare Facilitator. 

Bindi strongly believes that Landcare in the Riverina needs to reinvent itself for greater uptake across the region. She foresees excellent opportunities for industry groups, research bodies, government and community groups (farming, cultural and urban) to collaborate more to achieve this. Landcare in the Riverina must include both urban and rural communities for a healthier and more vibrant region that everyone can be proud of.

Bindi's twitter account is @bidgeewidgee

Also on LinkedIn 

Julie BellatoAbout Julie Bellato

Julie Bellato grew up on a farm at Balranald and now lives at Coleambally where her family is involved in a large scale farming operation.  This has given Julie an immense appreciation of primary production issues.  Having lived in the Riverina for the past twenty years, she has amassed a vast amount of local knowledge and an extensive network of contacts, both within the farming sector and throughout the region.

In the 1980’s Julie operated a Native Nursery and Revegetation Business, as a result of which she won the 1988 Young Australian of the Year Award in NSW for Sustainable Regional Development.  This opened the door to other opportunities, including being selected as one of 20 people in Australia to participate in the Rural Women’s Leadership Program.

Her nursery operations also led to extensive involvement with Landcare and Greening Australia, which has proven to be of great assistance in her Regional Landcare Facilitator role.

In 2010 Julie completed an Advanced Diploma of Agriculture through Tocal College to increase her knowledge of sustainable agriculture.

As well as her agricultural and Landcare background, Julie is adept at event management.  She held the role of Festival Coordinator with the Coleambally Chamber of Commerce from 2012 until 2016.  This involved organising the Taste Coleambally – Food and Farm Festival, and her talents in this regard resulted in it being given the award of Community Event of the Year in 2013.

Riverina Landcare Blog

The RLF shares weekly Landcare snapshots and stories of local Landcare activities and achievements across the Riverina region on the Riverina Landcare blog - if you have a Landcare story you'd like to share, please contact Bindi on the details above.



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