Looking At Landcare (9/3/2018) – Central West Landcare Mud Run Team

Hi Landcarers

Central West Lachlan Landcare (CWLL) were pleased to host the Central West Natural Resource Working Group this week at our office.

The CWNRM Working Group gather from across the region quarterly, and, given the proximity and connectiveness of our regions, we sometimes collaborate with the Central Tablelands Region to maximise opportunities across the regions.

The NRM Working Group work as a forum to bring together Landcare, environment and producer groups in the Central West to network and develop project ideas and to inform, advise and consult.

During the meeting over half of our TITAN Macquarie Mud Run Team got the chance to catch up and try on our new hats and work on a few mud strategies – to lycra, or not to lycra?

The group consists of several people from within our Landcare area and we are also being joined by people from Cowra, Condobolin, Coonamble and Wellington.

The Central West Landcare Team will be taking on the course in Dubbo on 24 March. This is an opportunity for the group to work as a team, help each other out, test and build our resilience, and the best part is that in the lead up to the event, we have all been working very hard on our fitness and strength, which is part of the overall goal of the activities that CWLL are undertaking during 2018.

Because physical and mental health tie in so closely with everything that we do in rural communities, we know that if we can increase our strength in one area, it can have an impact on so many other aspects of our lives, particularly how we react in difficult and challenging situations.

Our focus on healthy people, healthy communities and healthy landscapes was another reason why we decided to host the Celebration Dinner on 6 April. It is a chance to hear from inspiring and interesting speakers, let our hair down a bit and celebrate the fantastic, positive things that we, as rural communities have to offer.

If you would like to find out more about our dinner, all of the links are in the regular places below and you can purchase your tickets online. I will be profiling our speakers over the next few weeks through social media, so keep an eye out for that.

Prior to the dinner, we will be hosting two workshops that we hope will be of assistance to landholders making decisions particularly in dry, challenging periods. The workshops, with Dr Ash Martin, will show you how to take the data that is obtained through soil testing and make smart decisions based on your specific conditions.

Cover cropping and soil carbon sequestration will also be a hot topic that will be discussed. I am keen to hear from landholders who are hoping to attend to learn more about the types of questions that you have that we can be aiming to address in the lead up to the workshops.

Tristan Steventon will be providing an overview of drone technology and the benefits to be gained from increasing agricultural precision and productivity.

The first workshop will be held at Adavale Lane Hall on Thursday, 5 April and the second, at Bedgerabong Hall on Friday, 6 April. Both workshops are free under the National Landcare Programme and morning tea and lunch will be provided. I would encourage you to book early for these workshops

For more information about anything in this article, please contact Central West Lachlan Landcare on 02 6862 4914, cwllpo@hotmail.com, facebook or our website at centralwestlachlanlandcare.org

Until next week, happy Landcaring!