To my mind, these two words are now synonymous … especially when it comes to achieving many of the ambitious goals and objectives that we have set at NACC for the next three years.
Without doubt, working collaboratively with our many partners – at local, regional, state and national levels – hugely increases our chances of success in all of our endeavours.
I personally place great importance on our partnerships, whether it be with community groups, research institutions, local government authorities, government agencies, other regional NRM groups, businesses or individuals. Our collective effort is so much more powerful than anything any of us can do alone.
This has really been really evident during the lead-up to the WA Threatened Species Forum – which we are jointly hosting (with our partners) in Geraldton next Friday.
Its success is largely down to the great contributions that we’ve had from every partner that we’ve approached to be involved. I really want to acknowledge Durack Institute of Technology and the WA Department of Parks and Wildlife, along with all of the other WA regional NRM groups, Bush Heritage Australia, Mid West Science Engagement Group, Waste Authority, Chapman River Friends, Perth Zoo, Fig Tree Gully, City of Greater Geraldton, Regional Development Australia Mid West Gascoyne, Burnt Barrel and the WA Museum Geraldton.
Every one of these organisations has made an important contribution to the success of the Forum. In fact, its success is guaranteed by their collective contributions – from the event itself, to the exciting field trips planned for Saturday 31 October.
As mentioned, our collaboration includes the WA Museum Geraldton – which, through superb serendipity, is presenting a really interesting-looking public lecture at the Museum this coming Thursday evening (29 October – 7pm).
The Southwest: Australia’s Biodiversity Hotspot
This public lecture will be a fantastic opportunity to hear from author and journalist (and Threatened Species Forum MC) Victoria Laurie about her new book: The Southwest: Australia’s Biodiversity Hotspot. I can’t pre-empt what Victoria might have to say at the lecture any better than what it says on her book’s back cover:
“Victoria Laurie offers us in words and pictures the southwest of Australia, a land triangle that encompasses a multitude of natural worlds. One-third of all known Australian plant species is found growing in the southwest, and the region has been designated ‘Australia’s Global Biodiversity Hotspot’, one of only thirty-four such hotspots in the world and only the one on this continent.
Driven by her own passion for this country, Laurie presents us with the voices of scientists and those dedicated to protecting a fragile ecology supporting up to 150,000 species. Life forms and landscapes are a feature of this informative and thrilling discovery of a region that has evolved with abundant biodiversity because of its isolation.”
For a “biodiversity and the bush” fanatic like me, this is pure gold. I’ll be in the front row at the WA Museum Geraldton next Thursday night. I hope you can join me.