Each of the GER regional partnerships hold regular forums providing members with an opportunity to get together and share recent activities, experiences, issues and opportunities. An inspirational video of one such event is now available online. The film, documenting the recent GER Kanangra-Boyd to Wyangala (K2W) partnership forum, showcases inspirational messages about the benefits of working cooperatively across land tenures to restore and maintain the environment.
Set at The Corridor Project, an arts, education and environment venue based at Riverslea Station Woolshed on the banks of the Lachlan River, fifty-five people including researchers, farmers, conservationists and government agencies, reflected on the achievements of the K2W partnership and planned for what lies ahead in 2015.
“Our key note speaker was Bob Debus who highlighted the tremendous importance of the GER towards conserving our iconic landscapes and unique biodiversity, and how the ongoing success of the GER vision is reliant on every one of the people that are part of it,” says Mary Bonet, K2W Facilitator.
‘The address acknowledged the efforts of K2W since its inception in 2011 and the essential contribution played by conservation on private land in the maintenance of broader environmental values across the GER landscape,” Mary says.
Other speakers on the day included Neil Ingram and Greg Ingram from Orange Local Aboriginal Land Council, who talked about the Gaambuwananha Ngurambang Bringing Back Country program; Geoff Kay from the Australian National University, who spoke on interesting research on the influence of natural phenomena on patterns of biodiversity and connectivity; Dr Paul Rymer from the University of Western Sydney, about the genetics of ecological restoration; Mick Roderick from BirdLife Australia, sharing information about the upcoming K2W woodland bird surveys and technique workshops; and Gordon Refshauge, from Hovells Creek Landcare, who provided an update on the K2W grant project Action plan for habitat management on farmland.
“It was a full program and we were delighted to have such a great range of speakers,” says Mary. “It set the scene for an afternoon of fruitful discussion about local priorities for pest and weed management, the promotion of conservation instruments, funding incentives for revegetation work; the K2W cultural connections program and development of a partnership communications strategy. “It was extremely valuable, particularly in the development of the K2W landholder grants which were open for application earlier this month,” she says.
The day concluded with a session looking at broader horizons – collaboration, new project ideas, partnership development.
“It was exciting to see the level of interest in K2W, doubling the attendance from the previous year and with many more interest groups, stakeholders and new partners represented such as Forestry and Taronga Zoo,” Mary says.