National conference a celebration of Landcare

By Dr Shane Norrish, CEO Landcare Australia

Landcare Australia chief executive officer Dr Shane Norrish

Without a doubt, the National Landcare Conference and Awards is a highlight in the Landcare calendar.

It is an incredible experience joining together with so many passionate, talented, and insightful Landcarers to encourage one another and celebrate our achievements.

This year’s conference and awards was no exception.

Last month, 500 delegates from across Australia gathered in Brisbane for three days to learn, share knowledge, and network with experts, peers, and the community.

Exploring the theme Landcare: building a better tomorrow, we were challenged to think about our country’s future and the important part we all have to play in caring for it.

The conference’s keynote speaker, Australian National University’s Climate Change Institute director Professor Mark Howden was inspirational in his presentation on the need for a climate change strategy for Landcare.

Landcarers have an important part to play in acting on this issue. We need to be at the forefront, especially regarding the restoration and management of Australia’s natural assets.

Our 11 national award winners are fine examples of this and it was a great honour for Landcare Australia to recognise their achievements.

Congratulations to all the finalists and winners not just on their achievement but for the enormous difference they are making.

As with all things Landcare, many people have helped make this event happen.

I’d particularly like to thank the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program, the National Landcare Network, Queensland Water and Land Carers, the working groups, awards judges, and our sponsors for the part they have played.

Putting an event on of this size would not have been as successful without this valued support.

If you didn’t get to join us this year, I hope you can make it in 2020.

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