I am volunteering at the Royal Easter Show over the long weekend and guess who is coming with me!
I was fortunate to be the recipient of Rory, a magnificent piece of artwork painted by ABC Reporter Gavin Coote, after he was purchased by Margot Jolly at an exhibition held by Gavin in Parkes several years ago.
Rory has virtually been hanging around the office since, trying to find his place in the world, until he sprung into action to become the face of a project that is being overseen by Landcare NSW.
Landcare NSW is working with Department of Primary Industries (DPI) to deliver the Managing Established Pest Animals and Weeds (MEPAAW) project across the state delivering training and extension activities identified through a series of facilitated workshops and development of local activity plans.
Children are encouraged to colour in the Rory colouring page, which can be found on the LNSW website and bring it in to us at the Show. We will have some seed sticks for your to plant and we are encouraging people to share their pics on social media tagging #clickandgrow and #landcare. If you aren’t going to the Show and are really keen to colour, I would still love to have your colouring and I will make sure that it gets to the Show.
For the first time ever, Landcare NSW will be at the Sydney Royal Easter Show! The Show is Australia’s largest annual ticketed event, attracting over an average of 900,000 attendees.
During the Easter long weekend, from Good Friday 19th to Easter Monday 22nd April, Landcare NSW will be giving away native seed sticks and providing fun and educational activities.
Become a Friend of Landcare NSW by 5pm on Friday, 12 April 2019 to go into the draw to win one of four family passes to the 2019 Royal Easter Show.
Rory is one of two different images you can download, colour in and submit.
Landcare NSW will be in this year’s popular Ag Bag. Every cent raised by the Ag Bag goes directly to the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation’s Community Futures Grant program.
At just $20 this Showbag is valued at more than $66, and is a celebration of Australian agriculture offering a range of products donated by local companies. Landcare NSW has supplied native seed packs to be included in the 3,500 bags on offer. The bag is available from the Home & Lifestyle Pavilion.
Landcare NSW will be located near the Rest Arena and main Ampitheatre.
Did you know that in 1822 the Agriculture Society of NSW was formed and a prospectus was published announcing an Annual Show of Livestock with the intent of encouraging competition and knowledge sharing. Interestingly, the prospectus refers to the damage done to the land by bad farming practices and resolved to work towards encouraging farmers to employ better practices to ensure sustainable farms and land usage.
The first Show was held at Parramatta in 1823, with awards given for the best sheep, cattle, horses and servants. There was a requirement, of course, that sheep were Australian Merino and horses be colonial bred. Servants were judged on the animal husbandry skills, good conduct and faithful service.
After several venue changes, the Show moved to Moore Park in 1882, the place that many of us will remember visiting, before moving on to its current venue at Sydney Olympic Park in 1998. I look forward to seeing you there!
For more information, go to our website at centralwestlachlanlandcare.org, facebook, twitter or Instagram @cwllandcare.
Until next week, happy Landcaring!