Looking At Landcare (28/2/2019) – Acknowledging A Five Year Milestone

Hi Landcarer’s

This week we were fortunate to be part of the celebration to acknowledge the fifth anniversary of the Local Land Services as a State Government Department.

This was a small event hosted on a property near Dubbo where a successful partnership had been undertaken and as a result, the landholders had been able to achieve significant on-ground improvements and efficiencies.

I am fortunate to work with many staff from the Central West Local Land Services and I see the significant changes that have been undertaken during this five years on many levels. With our region experiencing devastating flooding, drought and fire over this period, staff are now often some of the first responders and have to be prepared to deal with a raft of issues.

No organisation or government department is perfect. We all have time restraints and that issue of being ‘human’. Considering the extremes of conditions that they have dealt with over the five years, I think that it is good to acknowledge, encourage and recognise a milestone like this.

Landcare across the Central West and wider Landcare NSW, work in partnership with Local Land Services and I look forward to being able to deliver more opportunities for our communities over the next four years under this partnership.

Pictured are Marg Applebee (Coordinator, Central West Lachlan Landcare), David Witherdin (CEO, Local Land Services), Adrian Zammit (CEO, Landcare NSW), Hunter White (Watershed Landcare).

One of the current projects that we are working on is The Small Purple Pea Project. As part of our project, under Government’s National Landcare Program, we are hosting a bus trip to Burrendong Arboretum on 24 April. This will be a fantastic opportunity to learn about some of a regional plants of significance, with a focus on Swainsona Recta (The Small Purple Pea), which was once widespread in our region. I am now taking expressions of interest, so please feel free to contact me on cwllpo@hotmail.com or on 0418 611 053.

Another wonderful day out that is coming up next Wednesday, 6 March, is the National Parks Association walk from Bumberry Dam to Lake Endeavour. I did this walk with the group a couple of years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it! This walk is eight kilometres and has a ‘medium’ rating. If you are interested in attending, please contact Martin Bell on 0429346 586.

For more information, go to our website at centralwestlachlanlandcare.org, facebook, twitter or Instagram @cwllandcare or contact our office on 02 6862 4914 or cwllpo@hotmail.com.

Until next week, happy Landcaring!