Restoring landscapes across the Mount Alexander Region

Help Connecting Country thrive in 2020

Posted on 19 December, 2019 by Asha

Dear supporters

Thank you for being part of the Connecting Country community, joining with many others in supporting our shared vision for landscape restoration across the Mount Alexander region. The valuable work we do couldn’t happen without people like you – whether it’s volunteering time to help with wildlife monitoring, joining our education events, or participating in our on-ground projects – making our vision a reality is only possible with community support.

We know that with the combination of our track record of ten years of successful landscape restoration, great plans for the future, and lots of persistence, we can secure funding for projects from governments and grant makers. Just last week we successfully secured a modest grant to continue our important bird monitoring program into 2020. But we also know that lots of small, on-ground projects are not enough to keep us thriving and focused on long-term plans that go well beyond short-term funding opportunities.

This year I am writing to ask you to please extend your contribution to Connecting Country’s work a step further by chipping in some financial support (if you’re not already). Your donation of $20, $50, $100, or whatever you can contribute, will help us thrive in 2020. We are also introducing an ongoing support option, where you can nominate a regular monthly donation amount, and become regular contributor to our restoration endeavours. Your support will help build and maintain the strong foundations essential to our success as a community-driven organisation.

You can be assured that any financial support from you will be well spent, with 100% invested into our core work of supporting and implementing landscape restoration in our local area.

We run a lean operation and our small team of part-time staff attracts voluntary support that ensures every dollar goes a long way.

As a Connecting Country supporter, you’ve already contributed to some amazing successes. Over the past ten years we have:

  • Restored over 9,500 ha of habitat across the Mount Alexander region, which equates to around 6% of the shire.
  • Delivered more than 200 successful community education events.
  • Secured funding to deliver more than 50 landscape restoration projects.
  • Supported a thriving network of over 30 Landcare and Friends groups.

We should all be proud of what we’ve achieved. However, there’s much more to do. With your support, 2020 will see us continue to help landholders with on-ground actions, prepare for climate change, maintain our commitment to long-term monitoring, and deliver events that inform, educate and inspire. See our brand-new brochure for more on what we’re doing – click here.

We’d love for you to continue to be part of the Connecting Country story as it develops, including, if you can, chipping in some financial support. Donating is easy – just use our secure online service (click here) or download our form if you’d prefer cheque or cash (click here). All donations to Connecting Country are tax deductible.

Thanks again for your support for Connecting Country. Best wishes from the Connecting Country staff and committee for a safe and happy Christmas break and we look forward to your continuing involvement in 2020.

Thank you

Brendan Sydes
President – Connecting Country Committee of Management

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