Good attendance at Landcare gathering

April 9, 2008

"Rejuvenation with Water" proved a popular theme for this year’s Landcare Adventure, held in Bingara last week.

The "Adventure" is an annual event which rotates around the five New England and North West Regional Landcare organisations.

Community Support Officer, Frances Young organised this year’s two day gathering which was attended by over 90 participants.

Feedback received by Mrs Young was that "it was a wonderful two days!"

The first day focussed on guest speakers, the most well known
being meteorologist, Martin Babakhan. Mr Babakhan gives a ten day weather forecast on
Friday’s ABC Radio morning program.

Other speakers included Lisa Roberts, the Border Rivers/Gwydir Catchment Management Authority General Manager, who talked
about the CMA’s achievements over the last 12 months and
NSW Farmers solicitor, Robert Jarratt, who talked about water rights from the landholder’s perspective.

The final event before the evening’s dinner was a gathering on the Gwydir riverbank to hear about Vision 20/20’s plans for the area at the end of Maitland Street, presented by Jill Herring.

The second day’s activities included a visit to "Arabanoo" owned by Ian and Debbie Armstrong, to view the sub-tropical pasture that has been planted there and a water divining demonstration by Pauline Roberts, who is an alternative health practitioner from the Liverpool Plains.

In the afternoon, buses took the crowd to Bob and Kate Muir’s property "Yeral" to look at their livestock watering system.

At "Yeral", Garry McDouall talked about water design options for adapting to climate change.