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:
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Parkes Elvis Festival – Parkes
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.
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.
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.
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….
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Making Livestock Decisions – Forbes
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.
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.
Reading Down Town – Forbes
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.
Paint the Town REaD – Parkes
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!
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.
Trees in the House – State Parliament
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.
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.