At the start of 2023, the NACC NRM team stepped out of their comfort zones and tackled Euphorium Creative’s ‘Smooth Talker’ training. This workshop helped the team fine-tune their public speaking skills by exploring different tools and approaches which can be used to deliver presentations and facilitate meetings.
NACC NRM’s program teams have continued to nurture partnerships with community groups, local government and NGOs to deliver projects and events around the Northern Agricultural Region. This financial year presented new opportunities for engagement, with an increased interest from schools around the region. As a result, the program teams established relationships with several school groups from Coorow to Kalbarri. Teams developed and implemented curriculum packages, facilitated on-Country learning, and carried out excursions and incursions.
In November of 2022, NACC NRM was recognised at the Mid West Chamber of Commerce and Industries Business Excellence Awards night, taking home the Aboriginal Engagement, Not-for-Profit and Business of the Year awards. The following week, in partnership with Mid West Food Industry Alliance, our Sustainable Agriculture team hosted a National Agriculture Day breakfast, welcoming over 50 attendees to the first community event held at our new premises, the NACC NRM Enterprise Hub. Not only did this event celebrate the agricultural industry, but it also supported our Nothern Agricultural Region community by showcasing over 15 local businesses, and connecting agronomists, growers, landholders, and regional traders.
Beyond our region, NACC NRM’s Midwest Aboriginal Ranger Program (MARP) received national recognition, through our Programs & Operations Manager Kane Watson and MARP Rangers who took to the podium at the 2022 National Landcare Conference in Sydney. Their speech was later presented by NACC NRM CEO Katherine Allen at the 2022 National NRM Knowledge Conference held in Margaret River, WA. Our Coastcare Support Officer Alanah Campbell also spoke in Margaret River on NACC NRM’s partnership project with Halfmoon Biosciences, ‘Mitigating Marine Debris Impacts on Threatened Seabirds at the Houtman Abrolhos Islands’.
NACC NRM ‘s growing online presence not only assists in the widespread promotion of NRM activities, but also supports connections with partners and collaborators while providing a unique measure of reach. We have seen significant increase in engagement across NACC NRM’s Facebook and Instagram pages in comparison to the 2021/22 financial year. Our Facebook profile visits are up 148%, and our Instagram profile visits have climbed 95%. Our NACC Notes newsletter is received by over 1,500 readers each month, and our website continues to draw users, 80.05% of whom are new to our website, and 19.95% returning visitors.