Since its development in 1986, the Landcare movement has provided a constructive collaborative platform for farmers and environmentalists to protect and restore Australia's unique natural environment. In 1993 the Royal Australian Mint celebrated Landcare Australia by issuing a commemorative dollar coin. Although only initially intended to be a limited commemorative piece, demand for increased circulating currency led to the issue being mass produced for circulation.
The reverse was designed by Vladimir Gottwald and depicts a tree with waving leaves along with the logo of Landcare Australia and the denomination "1 DOLLAR". Pieces struck during the initial commemorative release feature a small 'C' (Canberra) mintmark, further pieces were issued at events in Melbourne 'M' and Sydney 'S' while coins struck as part of the circulation issue lack a mintmark. A small number of proof and silver proof pieces were also struck with neither featuring a mintmark. The obverse design of all varieties features the Maklouf portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II with the legend "ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1993".
The LandCare program was first developed in Victoria by Minister for Conservation, Forests and Lands Joan Kirner and President of the Victorian Farmers Federation Heather Mitchell.(Coral Love, 2012) The initiative was intended to encourage community-based action and education to help resolve a variety of land protection issues. It developed quickly into a national program with Landcare Australia being established in 1989 to develop national awareness and to further develop corporate sector investment into Landcare programs. Today Landcare community groups exist all across Australia working to promote the sustainable management of land in a way that is mutually beneficial for the productivity of farmers and the goals of environmentalists.