Landcare News

December 20, 2013

The Annual General Meeting of the Upper Gwydir Landcare Association was held on Friday December 6, Will Cannington has been re-elected to the position of Chairman for the coming twelve months. Bob Muir has taken the position of Treasurer and Belinda Ledingham as Secretary for the organisation.

In his Annual Report Chairman Will touched on some of the highlights during the year and of the current changes coming our way.

“It has been a busy year for the group with the biggest event of the year, both in workload and as an event was the annual Landcare Adventure in March. It was very successful with all speakers and presenters fitting together very well under the theme, Healthy Soils Healthy People.

We are going to see major changes in the next year with the implementation of the Local Land Services.

As many of you would be aware we have been made part of the North West LLS which runs in a north westerly direction from Nundle right through to about 50 kms west of Lightning Ridge.

It encompasses a small area of tableland type country in the south eastern area, a big strip of slopes country from North of Murrurundi through to the Queensland border and then the plains area. In the past we have received considerable support in funding from the Border Rivers Gwydir CMA. Under the new structure which will go under the general management of the old Namoi CMA where we may not get the support that we have received in the past.

UGLA continues to be involved in New England North West Network Chairs, of which I am currently vice chair of. This continues to keep our profile high with Landcare NSW, as well as being involved in the management of the Regional Landcare Facilitator.

The committee and I will be pushing hard to keep this group going through into the future and we hope to see us going strongly this time next year.

On a personal level thanks to the Bob Muir, the vice chairman and to the committee who have supported me throughout the year.

A special thanks to John Herring who has been a previous chair, and to Rick Hutton both of whom have been on the committee for a number of years and who have both indicated that they will not be standing for a position on the committee again. Thank you John and Rick.”

On behalf of the UGLA committee and staff I would like to take this opportunity to wish your readers a happy and safe Christmas and New Year.

The UGLA office is closing Friday 20th December and reopening Monday 3rd February 2014.

Upper Gwydir Landcare can be contacted on ph: 02 6724 2052 or visit our website, for project information and general NRM information.