NSW Landcare Conference 2019
Paula and Kylie went up to the NSW Landcare and LLS Conference in Broken Hill on 21st Oct – the decision to have it in Broken Hill was controversial as it is such a long way but the Landcare community turned out en-masse with over 300 delegates going out. This was a great boost to a rural community that is suffering under drought conditions – another way investment in Landcare contributes to rural economies. We road tripped with Judy Kirk from Corowa and stopped to visit the end of the Billabong Creek in Moulemein and end of the Darling in Wentworth. Plenty of water at that end – we at the unregulated end of the catchment look upon this as lovely but certainly a lot of people in the middle rather upset at this situation. And the houseboat with the spa full of people drinking beer was certainly enjoying this!
The Darling River meeting the Murray in Wentworth – fair bit of water backed up into the end of the Darling I think.
Some of the Landscapes driving up the Highway were pretty bleak. Anywhere where they had tried to crop was windblown sand. The vegetation a little sad.
Highlights of the conference
– The landscapes! Welcome event at Mundi Mundi lookout at Sunset – sensational!
– Sara Storer at the Silverton Hotel – wow
– Landcare Muster with over 200 grass roots landcare delegates – message to everyone Landcare has been consistently here for 30yrs – investing in Landcare is a low risk option!
– Charlie Arnott was the keynote – his journey of regenerative farming “getting control of the economics on your farm instead of trying to control nature”
– Saw lots of good things being done in the rangelands environment to repair the erosion and groundcover issues – creating farming systems that repair the landscape as well (lots of similarities with soil conservation principle we use here and with the natural sequence farming ideas). And we have improved – 40% less dust storms frequency than we were experience in the 1940’s
– Paula went on the tour of the Riddiford Arboretum and also a solar farm – largest in the southern hemisphere and about how they manage the land while contributing to our renewable energy economy
– Kylie went to the Molesworth’s property “Clevedale”. Although mostly destocked, the native vegetation was suffering from the prolonged drought. It was really interesting being on the bus with people from the coast that had never been west of the divide and seeing them struggling to understand how it could be an agricultural landscape!
– Two Murray Landcare people were awarded Austcover Young Landcare Leadership Awards – Ellisha Burrows from Woolshed Thurgoona Landcare and Erika Heffer, Local Landcare Co-ordinator hosted by RGA Environmental Champions. We are very proud of them both.
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