To say that things have been a little hectic since the last blog post would be an understatement!
The last week alone has seen me travel to Gorae West near Portland, Hamilton, Canberra and Mount Gambier for a range of talks, meetings and on-ground activities.
Highlights included meeting up with members of the Tarragal Landcare Group on John Keiller’s Property at Gorae West, where a group of hardworking and friendly International Student Volunteers from North America were helping plant out local species in a newly fenced area. John’s interesting observation on the day was that even though he continues to set aside land to revegetate, so far he has not observed any impact on his “bottom-line” in terms of property income. Keeping stock warm and out of the cold winds this time of year is part of his property plan and, when you think about it, makes good sense.
The long drive to Canberra was also well worth it, after meeting with a range of people that help deliver Australian Government programs across the country. Without these programs, much of the great on-ground work that happens at a local level in Australia simply wouldn’t occur – so it was good to meet some fantastic new people, and catch up with some old friends. A lunchtime seminar I presented was well attended, and generated a lot of interesting discussion about wetland restoration.
The long drive home was capped off by a presentation a little closer to home, at the Mt Gambier library on Sunday, to introduce Nature Glenelg Trust and our work to local residents during Environment Month. Well done to the staff at the library for organising a month full of interesting activities for the community – it was a great to be a part of.