Visiting Port Fairy for the Victorian Waterways Field Staff Conference
On Thursday and Friday last week I had the opportunity to attend the 23rd Annual Victorian Waterways Field Staff Conference. This event is hosted each year by one of the Catchment Management Authorities (CMA’s) in Victoria, and as it was the first time the event had been held in the Glenelg-Hopkins CMA region (my “backyard” so to speak) I thought it would be worthwhile attending – and I was not disappointed.
In addition to meeting some great people from around the state working in the field, the site visits and presentations were engaging and informative. We looked at the Yambuk Lake outlet area, were hosted by the Friends of the Great South West Walk at the clifftop section of the trail near Cape Bridgewater, visited the Bridgewater Lakes for lunch and were hosted by the local Gunditjmara people who gave us a guided tour of the Tyrendarra Indigenous Protected Area.
The presentations over dinner that evening and the following morning were fantastic. My personal favourite was the overview given by Dr Daniel Ierodiaconou from Deakin University at Warrnambool, of the cutting-edge sea-scape ecological and geological survey and mapping projects that the University is undertaking in the Southern Ocean and Bass Strait.