A quick word – National Landcare Conference

NACC recently received a feedback report from Secretary/Treasurer of WA Landcare Network Helen Watkins, about her recent attendance to the 2016 National Landcare Conference, which she attended thanks to a NACC subsidy.

Here is what she writes:

The National Landcare Conference held in Melbourne on 21st & 22nd September was an incredible event with many like-minded people telling their stories that are so similar to our own. Landcare in Australia is a movement and that movement is gaining moment with many young people now getting out and doing wonderful th20160922_092937ings in the community.

Costa Georgiadis, Host of the ABC’s Gardening Australia was the MC for the Conference and kept us amused with stories. Key Note speaker Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffries AC, AO (Mil), CVO, MC (Retd) talked about our ability to adapt to Climate change and the fundamentals of a health soil helping with that change.

The Concurrent sessions were on Climate impact and responses, Community Engagement, Landscape Challenges and responses and Collaboration and Innovation. These concurrent sessions were presented by varying people over a broad spectrum of groups and businesses. We were giving tools on how to go about getting funding, how on-ground work has improved area or degeneration, how to use dung beetles to incorporate Biochar as a carbon sequestration methodology and many other helpful tools.

During all these sessions the importance of traditional Indigenous knowledge was discussed and all landcarers encouraged embrace traditional methods where possible and utilise the knowledge of Elders in their regions.

The Corridor meeting place was well used to make contacts and get ideas for what may work for you. Presenters and attendees were willing to share their incredible wealth of knowledge and experiences.

The Conference dinner was a delight and I was proud to be a West Australian with WA taking out 6 of the awards at the dinner.

I must make mention of the Intrepid Landcarers , these remarkable young people have embraced adventure, chaos and creativity to inspire and connect young people in Landcare, these young people are delightful, bubbly and spark many new and wonderful ideas.

A heartfelt thanks to NACC for sponsoring me to attend this conference, by community people attending these type on events it brings enthusiasm back into the community and encourages more people to get involved with their community.

Helen Watkins


WA Landcare Network

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This sounds like such a wonderful initiative! Your emphasis on collaboration and innovation when tackling issues such as climate change, community engagement and landscape challenges is inspired. I too am a young person engaged in creating a more sustainable landscape for the Australian agriculture industry! I recently did a blog based on the NSW Governments proposed legislative changes which threaten the future of sustainable farming if you want to check it out: https://oneenvironment.wordpress.com/2016/10/06/nsw-government-proposed-death-legislation-and-what-you-can-do-about-it/. Thanks for showing me that there’s people all over Australia interested in this cause!

Thanks Tessa for your feedback. definitely there is a power in “working together”.

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