Landcare NSW EDH – Day 8….Fabulous Events of 2018…that weren’t mine!

On the Day 8 Blog I want to take the opportunity to acknowledge some of the wonderful events that I have attended, hosted by other organisations that have in some way benefited myself in my role, Landcare or our community.

If you are just catching up with my blogs over the past week…..I agreed to be part of the NSW Landcare Heroes Campaign and in return for supporting the campaign, I am contributing a blog a day to thank donors for their contributions. Up until today, they have been personal blogs, but before everyone heads off on leave, I wanted to take the opportunity to acknowledge some of the wonderful workshops and functions that I have been privileged to attend this year. Find out more here: 

Marg’s Landcare NSW EDH Blog: Day 7 – Canine Companions

Marg’s Landcare NSW EDH Blog: Day 6 – Skirts and Gumboots

Marg’s Landcare NSW EDH Blog: Day 5 – Baling Twine Reins

Marg’s Landcare NSW EDH Blog: Day 4 – Mother Murrumbidgee

Marg’s Landcare NSW EDH: Day 3 – A real living doll!

Marg’s Landcare NSW EDH: Day 2 – Officially bringing in the side-kick

Marg’s Landcare NSW EDH: Day 1 – back to the 70s!

Note that there are heaps of links in headings and on footers. The headers mostly link to my weekly articles and the links at the bottom will take you straight to the presenter or organisation to find out more information.

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Parkes Elvis Festival – Parkes

A pleasure to host Phil Emmanual at Kelly Reserve….RIP

I will kick off with the a quick mention of the Parkes Elvis Festival. For those in and around Parkes, they have to try and jam in a few days of rest before the big lead up to the Festival. We were thrilled to have so many visitors and particularly acknowledge Phil Emmanual, who sadly passed away this year. He and his family were a delight to have with us at Kelly Reserve.

If you are dying to find out more about the Elvis Festival and why over 20,000 people head to Parkes in January, click here.

Dick Richardson Workshops – Trundle/Bruie Plains

Two Dick Richardson Workshops were hosted by Trundle Bruie Plains Landcare early in 2018. As well as being an entertaining presenter, Dick had some interesting food for thought when it comes to ground cover and evaluating what you have to offer and how you can utilise it to its full potential.

The Grazing Naturally website will connect you with Dick.

International Women’s Day – Forbes

In March we celebrated International Women’s Day. I attended the Forbes IWD hosted by Forbes Shire Council, with guest speaker Jean Kitson. Ms Kitson was hilarious and the morning was in a beautiful setting on the banks of Lake Forbes.

Find out more about the Forbes Shire here.

TITAN Macquarie Mud Run – Dubbo

This will come up in our partnerships and events as well, but….this event was so well organised, exhausting and exhilarating! Back in March, our Central West Landcare Team braved the mud of the Macquarie River….dare I say….I look forward to doing it again….

Find out about the TITAN Macquarie Mud Run here.

Conservation In Action: Research to Reality – Bathurst

The Conservation in Action Conference was hosted by the Central West Councils Environment & Waterways Alliance with a brilliant line up of speakers talking about waterways, natural landscapes, native flora and fauna and threatened species and brought together by Executive Officer, Mick Callan.

Check out their projects here.

National Carp Control Plan Consultation – Forbes

In May the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC), on behalf of the Federal Government, undertook public consultation for the National Carp Control Plan. The Forbes workshop was well attended with over 30 people. Obviously with any control program there will always be a complication, but I’m sure that anglers and those concerned for the health of our rivers would agree that the short terms pain would be worth the long-term gains.

FRDC updates.

Scinema Grassroots Documentary Premiere – Sydney

Mark Shortis, Guy Webb and Jack Farthing and myself at the Premiere in Sydney.

In June I attended the Sydney premiere of the SCIMEMA Film Festival. This event included the screening of the Best Documentary film, Grassroots, which features local Agronomist, Guy Webb and Forbes farmer, (and CWLL Committee member) Jack Farthing. It was a thrill to see the story, and the guys from Soil C Quest on the big screen.

Find out more about Soil C Quest here.

Biodiversity for Profit – Dubbo

In June the Central West Local Land Services hosted a conference bringing industry professionals and farmer to gether to explain how and why landholders should actively manage biodiversity to boost their profitability. This conference hosted a fantastic line up of speakers including sheep and cattle farmer, Col Seis, Dr Kate Andrews, Executive Officer for NRM Regions Australia and Coonamble grower Anne Williams. Find out more information about the Central West Local Land Services.

Biodiversity Conservation Trust – Meet and Great with the BCT Board – Dubbo

This was a fantastic opportunity to hear from Chairman, The Hon Robert Hill AC and Mr Paul Elton, who have been charged with the responsibility of overseeing the outlay of a substantial program as a result of the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016. It was also a good opportunity to meet with staff who are working on the ground in our region. I was also fortunate to briefly attend the Lachlan Corridor Conservation Tender workshop in Forbes.

Find out more about the Biodiversity Conservation Trust and private land conservation.

Making Livestock Decisions – Forbes

The workshops with speaker Al Rayner were timely during the midst of the drought when people were making decisions regarding their stock and feeding.

In August I attended the Making Livestock Decisions workshop in Forbes, with presenter, Alastair Rayner. This timely workshop, with finding through the Central West Local Land Services, brought useful information to producers who were in the midst of an extremely challenging period of the drought, where the hardest of decisions were being made regarding retention of stock and feeding regimes. Alastair, encouraged producers to remember the importance of people health as well as animal health.

Connect with Alastair via his website.

Grazing Down the Lachlan – Forbes

In September over 800 people flocked to Forbes to enjoy the Grazing Down the Lachlan experience, with a focus on fresh, regional food, the Grazing revolution has become one of the ‘must do’ events in the region, recognising food origin, traditional bush tucker and locally sourced produce.

Find out about the Grazing Down the Lachlan experience.

Reading Down Town – Forbes

Reading Down Town…..with worms!

I loved being part of Reading Down Town in Forbes in August. Held in Victoria Park, it was a gorgeous day with hundreds of school kids from the Forbes Shire. Our theme….much to my delight was ‘Find Your Treasure’, which, or course, required dressing up in Pirate attire.

Check out the article in the Forbes Advocate.

Paint the Town REaD – Parkes

My fav…..Reading Bug!

Paint the Town REaD….Let’s Get REaDiculous morning from Cooke Park and down Clarinda Street was a thrill to be part of ….and dressing up in my favourite colour….RED….and looking REaDICULOUS….um…that was fun too!

Find out more from the Parkes Champion Post.

National Landcare Conference – Brisbane

In October I attended the National Landcare Conference in Brisbane hosted by Landcare Australia, with the field trip on the first day being a highlight and bringing attention to the wonderful work being undertaken by passionate people who have the goal of sourcing and delivering fresh food within the local area, limiting the number of kilometres for transportation and, in turn, reducing the carbon footprint.

The Conference was also an opportunity to highlight the Local Landcare Coordinator Initiative in NSW and to talk about the value of Landcare with presentations from staff of Landcare NSW and Local Land Services.

The Mini Farm Project is converting under-utilised spaces into urban farms to feed those in need

Check out the social enterprise Food Connect, in Salisbury

Find out about the Milton Community Garden on their facebook page

Trees in the House – State Parliament

CEO Landcare NSW, Dr Adrian Zammit, with Mr Kevin Anderson MP, Chair Landcare NSW, Stephanie Cameron and outgoing Chairperson, Mr Rob Dulhunty

It was once again a pleasure to attend the Trees in the House event at Parliament House in November. The event co-hosted by the Parliamentary Friends of Landcare and Landcare NSW highlights the work that has been undertaken by Landcare NSW. CWLL appreciate having the support of our Local Member for Orange Mr Philip Donato MP at the event. This was also a ‘changing of the guard’ for NSW Leadership, with Chairperson Mr Rob Dulhunty stepping down and Ms Stephanie Cameron taking on the role.

Find out more about Landcare NSW here.

Masterclass in Strategic Planning and Masterclass in Advanced Strategy, Risk and Governance – Forbes

The Central West Local Land Services hosted workshops with presenter, Steven Bowman in November. This was a good opportunity for local group representatives to find out more about their responsibilities as part of a committee or board and the associated compliance measures groups require. Steve undertook a second workshop on Strategic Planning which was also well received.

Find out more about Conscious Governance here.

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