Celebrating our history, growing our future
As Landcare celebrates a quarter-century since its launch as a national initiative – and looks at how the grass-roots movement can continue to tackle important questions of land and water security – this year’s National Landcare Conference, taking place in Melbourne from September 17th to 19th, promises to be the key knowledge sharing event for everyone involved in caring for Australia’s natural environment and its productivity
Based around the theme: Celebrating our history, growing our future, the diverse program will include robust discussions and analysis of the future of Landcare by pioneers, leaders of NRM bodies, scientists, academics, government, and environmental, climate and biodiversity experts.
Highlights announced to date include:
- Renowned chef Matt Moran – whose journey has brought him from an award-winning family farm on the Central Tablelands in New South Wales to travelling Australia championing local, fresh produce.
- CSIRO Futures Lead Scientist, Dr Stefan Hajkowicz, whose material on global megatrends features on TedX, and whose research helps organisations plan for an uncertain future.
- Award-winning science journalist, environmentalist and behaviour-change researcher, Tanya Ha.
- ABC Landline presenter, Pip Courtney, who will frame the discussions, as Master of Ceremonies.
- Dr Mark Howden, Chief Research Scientist for CSIRO Ecosystems Sciences, and expert on the impacts of climate on Australian ecosystems.
Also featured will be the 2014 National Landcare Awards – which will be held during the Conference – including the presentation of the prestigious second-ever Bob Hawke Landcare Award.
Delegates are also invited to experience a taste of local natural resource management across Victoria – the birthplace of Landcare – through field trips to sites and projects such as the inspirational Bellarine Landcare’s work on the peninsula, Indigenous land management in the city, bushfire recovery sites, and a nature corridor that includes corporate volunteering reinvigoration in a creek catchment that is a major tributary to the Yarra River.
Click here to read the conference program to date.
Early bird registrations for the National Landcare Conference has been extended and will now close on August 25th.
The 2014 National Landcare Conference is proudly supported by the Australian Government.