Talking Transformation Amongst the Trees

At the end of October, some of our NACCers headed south to take part in the National NRM Knowledge Conference!

CEO Katherine Allen, Coastcare Officer Alanah Campbell, and Sustainable Agriculture Program Coordinator Callum Love spent three days in Margaret River attending the conference, which was themed ‘Resilience to Transformation’. NACC NRM Chair Elisabeth McLellan and Board Director Rob Keogh also joined the team.

Led by MC Josh Byrne of ‘Gardening Australia’ fame, the days were filled with passionate and knowledgeable presentations from people who hailed from all corners of the state and overseas, with varying backgrounds in conservation, economics and natural resource management.

Alanah spoke about the Coastal teams ‘Mitigating Marine Debris’ project, which is funded by State NRM in partnership with Dr Chris Surman of Halfmoon Biosciences. Alanah’s presentation delved into the work being done in with locals who live, work and play among the Houtman Abrolhos Islands to reduce marine debris. Microplastics and other debris are finding their way into the nests and bellies of bird populations at the islands. This important project helps to identify the sources of debris so that point source management strategies can be implemented in the future.

Our CEO Katherine, filled a last-minute slot with an introduction to NACC NRM’s Mid West Aboriginal Ranger Program. Katherine presented a clip of one of our rangers Nathaniel Clinch, and his speech from the National Landcare Forum held in Sydney earlier this year. You can check out the full video of their presentation here.

Some highlights from the conference included Barry from Bega’s opening presentation on the Bega group’s circular economy aspirations. The other important highlight was the launch of the Burnett Mary Regional Group’s, Regional Environmental Account in partnership with Mindaroo and Accounting for Nature. Ken Henry spoke passionately about this partnership and the project and his hopes for the future. A speech that no-one in the room will forget in a hurry.  

Congratulations to our friends at South West Catchments Council and NRM Regions Australia for pulling of a great National NRM Knowledge Conference. This was the first time this national conference has been held in WA, but we are confident it won’t be the last.

Phoebe Royce – Communications Officer

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