18 May 2017
Two representatives of the Australian Government’s Department of the Environment and Energy got “up-close and personal” with a selection of NACC’s National Landcare Programme (NLP) projects this week and, by all accounts, they liked what they saw.
Steve Costello (Assistant Secretary, Program Delivery Branch, Biodiversity Conservation Division) and Keith Armstrong (Director WA/NT/SA Section, Program Delivery Branch, Biodiversity Conservation Division) spent two days in the region touring project sites with NACC staff.
NACC CEO Richard McLellan said the organisation “was honoured to host Steve and Keith – giving them a unique opportunity to meet NACC project partners and to see some of the fantastic environmental and sustainability outcomes collectively being achieved across our region.
“We’re really proud of the work being accomplished across our region in collaboration with individuals, community groups, whole communities, and agencies and organisations,” he said. “We’re always keen to show-off some of the great on-ground outcomes being achieved.”
Steve and Keith’s busy two-day schedule kicked-off with a visit to the Abrolhos islands, where they viewed biodiversity and coastal projects being implemented in a partnership between NACC, Central Regional TAFE, and other partners.
This was followed by an informal presentation back at the NACC office in Geraldton, at which NACC staff had an opportunity to query Keith and Steve on future NLP program directions.
The second day commenced with a trip to Gunnado farm in Walkaway to see NACC’s ground-breaking NRM Capacity Building for Indigenous Prison Inmates project in action.
The afternoon closed with a visit to a NACC Sustainable Agriculture Innovative Sustainable Farming demonstration sites, at Sun City Produce, where staff from Energy Farmers Australia explained their Poultry Litter Biochar Fertiliser for Horticulture demonstration project.
Upon hearing the program introduction from NACC Sustainable Agriculture team members Steve responded: “You need farmers to be involved if you want to gain biodiversity outcomes in agricultural landscapes.”
Before leaving, Steve and Keith both said they had immensely enjoyed their visit and congratulated everyone working on NRM in the region for their endeavours and achievements.
“It was great to meet the very passionate NACC team who care about their role and their community, they said. “It’s also fantastic to see first-hand how NACC are making excellent use of their NLP funding to address environmental and agricultural issues and achieve important on-ground outcomes.”