Looking At Landcare – 17/6/2016

Hi Landcarers

Well, it looks like we are headed for some more rain this weekend. I’m never ungrateful for rain in this part of the country. Sometimes we just need to be creative when we are working around it.

The Back to Bulgandramine Cultural Gathering that we postponed from 4 and 5 June is still being held this weekend, but we have changed the venue. The Bulgandramine Mission site that we were being welcomed to won’t be a practical space for us to be at during and after rain.

We are fortunate to be relocating the event to Koinonia Hall in Euchie Street, Peak Hill. The official welcome will be at 10am, which will bring together many cultures celebrating reconciliation and leaning from each other.

There will still be kids activities and entertainment throughout the day. This event is free to the community, that includes all activities, workshops and food, including a hungi.

As well as local Wiradjuri culture, we will also have the Te Raranga Whanui Maori group from Sydney bringing us dance, singing and sharing about their culture. On Sunday we will be joined by our local Fijian group during the Church service which will commence at 9am.

If you need more information about the weekend, please go to our facebook page or contact me on 6862 4914.

It was good to have a visit from Graham Stirling on Monday and some interested Green Army participants. Graham is the Green Army Field Co-ordinator, which means that he is overseeing many of the Green Army teams on the ground.

Applications for the Green Army program, which is based in Parkes, are closing soon, so contact Graham on 0417 041 506 if you are interested in being involved. The team that is working with Central West Lachlan Landcare will be commencing in a few weeks.

It was a pleasure to have Rowan Bentick from Forbes Shire Council to our meeting last night to learn more about the Painted Snipe Project that is scheduled to be undertaken at Gum Swamp in the near future.

We were thrilled to also welcome extra guests to the meeting to hear about the project and to share what is going on in their neck of the woods. We look forward to holding our next meeting on 20 July at the Central West Livestock Exchange. I will keep you posted with more information closer to the meeting.

The next National Parks Association walk will be held on Sunday, 19 June. Meet at 9.30am at Graeme and Liz McCraild’s property at 2499 Amaroo Way, Parkes. Walkers are reminded to bring along enough food and water for the entire day as well as suitable clothing, footwear, hat and sunscreen. A pair of good binoculars and a fold up chair is recommended. Please contact Walk Leaders Graeme and Liz on 0455 915 989 the night before the walk if you intend to come. A $2.00 donation for each walker is appreciated.

The National Parks Association run walks mostly in the Parkes and Forbes Shires venturing through properties and National Parks to gain a greater appreciation of the biodiversity in our local area. There are walks that are suited to a range of capabilities and usually within a two month period, there should be walks that cater for those people who are looking for a hiking challenge and those that are keen to get out and enjoy the area and maybe learn a bit more about our flora and fauna.

If you would like information on anything in this article, please go to our website at centralwestlachlanlandcare.org or ring 02 6862 4914.