Looking At Landcare (11/6/2021) – NSW Landcare Program Gathering in the Central West

Hi Landcarers

Two weeks on from our visit with Costa, I am still hearing from people engaged in events in Forbes who were just blown away by his visit.

If you haven’t seen photos from our three events, head on over to our social media.

This week has been straight into the 2021 NSW Landcare Program Gathering in Dubbo. This is an opportunity for over 150 Landcare Program participants from across the state to share experiences, hear from others and learn things about ourselves.

We heard from speakers including Robbie Sefton, Founder and Managing Director of Seftons, specialising in facilitating groups through contentious and challenging issues…and, a wool, meat and grains producer. An amazing rural leader and advocate.

We were also fortunate to hear from speakers including Mary Brell (Director, Keys to Success) and Merryl Semple (Resilience Advantage Program).

We were welcomed to Country by Uncle Lewis (pics on Facebook) and that set the grounding for an interesting few days of learning.

The 2019-2023 NSW Landcare Program funded by the NSW Government, is a collaborative initiative of Local Land Services and Landcare NSW empowering Landcarers to take action on local problems and deliver outcomes that address local and regional issues.

Landcare NSW Chair Stephanie Cameron said the event is critical to building common understanding and capacity across the state.

“Landcare’s strength lies in the strength of its grassroots, community movement – it’s about local people doing work on the ground to provide local solutions to local problems,” said Ms Cameron.

“The NSW Landcare Program supports the network of hard-working volunteers in local communities who manage and restore the natural environment, improve the sustainability of agricultural production and build the resilience of communities.”

‘Share. Learn. Connect’ is the theme of the Gathering with a series of speakers and workshops designed to help to develop participants’ skills in many areas including building understanding of community organisations, rural resilience, technology, and partnership opportunities.

Lastly, but not least, we heard from Craig Aspinall speaking about the outlay of the ‘Working Together’ Aboriginal Communities Engagement Program. Craig joined us at Eco Day and our Dinner a couple of weeks ago. As mentioned previously, the Small Grants Program funded a Workshop and Welcome events at Forbes. Jason Ridgeway (Black Boy Creations) has produced the fantastic logo for this Program and it was great to hear about the new program.

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