Looking At Landcare (6/4/2018) – Countdown to Landcare Dinner

Hi Landcarers

Everything is pulling together for our Fertile Ground Celebration Dinner on Friday evening at Forbes Town Hall.

We are pleased to be welcoming special guest, Deputy Prime Minister and Member for Riverina, The Hon Michael McCormack, along with fantastic presenters. The Dinner is an opportunity to bring attention to the positive things that are happening in the regenerative agriculture space and celebrate, tying in with our theme for this year: Healthy Landscapes; Healthy People; Healthy Communities.

Our guest speakers are drawn from private and government sectors to provide insight into relevant topics to anyone impacted by primary production and environmental issues – that’s all of us!

We are fortunate to have Ms Pip Job, who was winner of the 2014 Australian and NSW RIRDC Rural Women’s Award. Pip has a strong connection with Landcare, though her roles as Landcare Coordinator and Landcare Facilitator over many years. She is currently the Acting Manager Business and Social Resilience Programs with the Department of Primary Industries and will be speaking with us about the Young Farmer Business Program.

One of the success stories of the past few years is Grazing Down the Lachlan. We are pleased to have Wendy Muffet speaking to us about the ‘Grazing’ concept, their exciting 2018 event and the importance of the message that the event delivers in our region. Wendy will also have some of her fabulous Girragirra Retreat Sour Dough and preserves for us to indulge in.

We are welcoming Ms Susan Madden, Chair of Central West Local Land Services Board (CWLLS). Susan has more than 15 years of professional experience working in agriculture and natural resource management. Susan will be speaking about some of the initiatives that the CWLLS will be undertaking over the next 12 months and providing some insight into the Boards role.

Most of us would be familiar with local agronomist Guy Webb and the Soil C Quest project. Central West Lachlan Landcare (CWLL) have been fortunate to be able to provide in kind support to the project. A lot has happened since I last featured an update on Soil C Quest and this will be the perfect opportunity to showcase a fantastic local initiative. Nearly the whole Soil C Quest team will be in attendance, so it will be a great chance to pick their brains during the evening as well.

Dr Adrian Zammit, Chief Executive Officer for Landcare NSW will be closing off the evening for us and providing an overview of the role that coordinators are playing over the State and how Landcare NSW are working towards being self-sustaining and building on the strong volunteer support base that is already in place.

After all of the celebrating is over, we are looking forward to welcoming Mr Barry Sampson to Parkes on 9 May to talk to us about weeds! I’m talking about those weeds that are listed as ‘priority’ weeds (we no longer use noxious as a reference, which is a little bit boring – noxious is such a great word!) Barry, who some of you may remember from previous workshops, has a wealth of knowledge to draw from, with a background working for the NSW Department of Agriculture and CSIRO.

You can make your booking by contacting our office (details below) or go to our website or facebook to book through sticky tickets. The workshop will be held at the meeting room in our office and we will also be heading out into the field.

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!