Connecting on Biodiversity

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Connecting on Biodiversity

The issue

Landcare NSW was encouraging the Landcare community to become informed about major changes proposed to the suite of legislation that manages native vegetation and biodiversity in NSW. They were also keen to seek the views of Landcarers about the proposed changes. Funding was available to hold workshops in regional areas so Hunter Region Landcare Network applied for funds. This falls under Activity 16 of the 2016 Action

The solution

The Lower Hunter Local Landcare Coordinator was able to use funds provided by Landcare NSW to hold a workshop and seminar day to share information about the proposed legislative reforms, and the work of Landcare groups in the Hunter which impacts positively on biodiversity. The workshop was a full day on 17 June 2016 at the Hunter Wetland Centre.

The workshop provided an opportunity for a diverse range of experiences and points of view to come together to learn and share. Landcare groups from across the Hunter were invited to participate and present case studies. The agenda for the day provided lots of opportunities for networking.  Invitations were sent to all people and organisations on the mailing list and flyers were distributed. A media release and Facebook post was issued.

The impact

56 people from over 28 organisations came together to learn and share knowledge and experiences of landcare and biodiversity. Participants came from many landcare groups, state and local government organisations, a water utility business and Newcastle University.

Three presentations focused on providing information on the proposed legislative reforms and three presentations showcased Landcare groups’ work to protect and restore biodiversity in the Hunter region.  One presentation gave participants tips on how to make effective submissions to the government’s public consultation process.

The networking between government and community groups was very beneficial for all involved and there were new relationships formed.  Feedback from the day was very positive.

Learnings

  • People are interested in coming together to learn.
  • Proposed changes to NSW biodiversity and native vegetation legislation are incredibly complicated.

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Key facts

  • Workshop presenters included: Environmental Defenders Office, Landcare NSW, Office of Environment and Heritage, Tillegerry Habitat, Hunter Wetland Centre, and Local Land Services, and Anna Glasby Lower Hunter Landcare Coordinator.

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