PANEL SPEAKERS

Bushfire Recovery & Resilience Panel

Landcare’s role in recovery of communities, natural assets and farms after bushfire events

Thursday 5 August, 10.30am – 11.30am 

After the Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria in 2009, Landcare emerged as a key contributor to the recovery process. In the immediate aftermath of the recent 2019/20 bushfires, Landcare was again identified as a key contributor to the recovery by government, NGOs and business. Since the Black Summer events, Landcare groups and networks have been involved in the recovery effort, but their role has been varied. Recent experience provides some valuable lessons for future recovery efforts. The panel will explore whether Landcare has a valid role and discuss how Landcare can be most effective in supporting immediate response and recovery needs, recognising that Bushfire Planning, capacity and responsibilities vary across different locations. The panelists will draw on their experience with communities and Landcare groups after the recent events, identify where Landcare has proven to be most effective, and the priority steps to mobilise on-ground action quickly. Panelists will discuss how Landcare can work with recognised delivery agencies as first responders, and how we can help all agencies understand our role subject to the characteristics of the location.

PANEL SPEAKERS

2021 National Landcare Conference Speaker Chirs Cobern

Chris Cobern 

Chris Cobern from the Upper Goulburn Landcare Network (UGLN) in Victoria was heavily involved in the recovery efforts following the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009. 

A member of Kinglake Landcare Group since 1999, he’s worked with local communities, government, and volunteers for many years to help the landscape heal and recover. While worked for UGLN since 2009, Chris has also worked as an environmental consultant with Indigenous Design Land Management, along with 10 years in bushland management for local government.

2021 National Landcare Conference Speaker Penny Gray

Penny Gray 

Born in East Gippsland where her parent now run a beef and sheep farm previously managed by her grandparents, Penny Gray is the Landcare facilitator in Far East Gippsland. Commencing her career as a pathology technician and retrained in NRM and Community Engagement in early 2000’s, Penny’s first role post training was Landcare Coordinator in Bombala (NSW). After a year there she returned to East Gippsland and has been in her current role for close to 17 years.

With personal experience of the 2019 fires impacting her parent’s property, Penny has applied for and received funding for eight bushfire recovery grants including funding to employ a full time Landcare Bushfire recovery Project Officer for two years. She also represented Landcare on the Natural Environment Recovery Working Group for East Gippsland.

2021 National Landcare Conference Speaker Peter Pigott

Paul Ryan, Australian Resilience Centre

Paul is passionate about the future of rural people and places. Since growing up on the family farm he has worked with rural communities around Australia to bring about positive social and environmental change. Working with more than twenty thousand people using a range of concepts and tools to catalyse new thinking over the last 15 years, he is acutely aware of the both challenges and opportunities now faced by rural Australia to create prosperous, sustainable and fair futures for all. Paul is currently the Director of the Australian Resilience Centre and has previously worked for the Stockholm Resilience Centre, CSIRO and state agencies.

2021 National Landcare Conference Speaker Peter Pigott

Facilitator | Peter Pigott

As Regional Landcare Facilitator in South East NSW for 15 years and a founding board member of Intrepid Landcare, Peter has been Involved with Landcare at all scales. While presenting and facilitating at previous NSW and National Landcare Conferences or providing leadership trainer, Peter is passionate about people, wellbeing and all that makes groups connect and work well together.

A great supporter of leadership development in Landcare and building communities of practice that learn together and support each other, he seconded to Resilience NSW in February 2020 to support the recovery efforts in Southern NSW.

Peter brings community engagement, collaboration and capacity building work developed with Landcare into the very complex and dynamic bushfire recovery space.

Wellbeing & Mental Health Panel

Landcare is all about trees, right?

Thursday 5 August, 3.30pm – 4.30pm 

Landcare is a nationwide coalition of community owned and driven groups with the objective of promoting a more sustainable approach to land management. It supports and implements hundreds of environmental projects across the country through its Landcare, Junior Landcare, and Coastcare volunteer groups and programs. Landcare groups are both urban and rural and operate in all states and territories, with support from Landcare Australia and the National Landcare Network. Anecdotally people involved in Landcare are aware of significant benefits that are delivered beyond the farming and environmental impacts of its programs. For example, participation in Landcare programs can contribute to the physical and mental wellbeing of both host community members, as well as those involved in volunteering opportunities. In small communities local Landcare groups can serve as a valuable source of community cohesion and connection. The question is how might those benefits be assessed or measured? And more importantly, how can that data be integrated into decision making that cuts across multiple layers of government and NGO programs?

PANEL SPEAKERS

2021 National Landcare Conference Speaker John Harper

John Harper, Mate Helping Mate

John Harper is a dryland wheat/sheep farmer from Stockinbingal NSW. Married with three daughters, his simple goal in life was to be a better than average farmer and hand over the family farm in good condition to his children. Depression nearly destroyed this.

Having no formal qualifications in mental health, John speaks from personal experience.

Many individuals in rural communities are in danger of falling into depression and climatic and financial situations are key factors. John’s strategies are all aimed at overcoming this stigma.

2021 National Landcare Conference Speaker David Newell

David Newell

With a background in agriculture, environmental education, natural resource management, disaster recovery and community capacity building, David Newell has worked as a facilitator and host with community groups, schools, local and state government agencies and not-for-profit organisations for the last 25 years.  This has included nearly 20 years working in a Landcare support role, as Landcare Coordinator, Regional Landcare Facilitator and Community Support Officer.

Co-founder of Campfire Co-op, a collaboration of facilitators and hosts supporting individual, community and organisational change, he also works with men and boys in wellbeing programs, including senior leader with the Pathways Foundation.

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Dr. Jacki Schirmer, Associate Professor

Jacki is an Associate Professor at the University of Canberra. Her research focuses on the intersection between human wellbeing and natural resource management: how the ways we manage and interact with the natural environment and natural resources influence our wellbeing – and how our wellbeing affects our capacity to sustainable manage natural resources. She leads the annual Regional Wellbeing Survey, which examines the wellbeing, resilience and experiences of 15,000 Australians, most living outside large cities. Her work has included studies examining how engaging in natural resource management activities such as Landcare groups can have social benefits, building resilience to drought and natural disasters, and the impacts of changes to agricultural, fishing and forest-dependent industries.

2021 National Landcare Conference Speaker Pip Job

Facilitator | Pip Job, Director of Engagement, NSW Department of Primary

Pip is the Director of Engagement at the NSW Department of Primary Industries and leads a diverse range of programs that focus on the Dept’s connections with primary producers, industry and community in order to build stronger primary industries. Pip has led teams and programs to support those impacted by recent drought, bushfires and more recently, COVID-19.

Pip served as the State Drought Coordinator in 2018 and has had a strong focus on business and social resilience since completing a bursary study as part of winning the 2014 National Rural Women’s Award.

Pip has been a beef cattle producer, has worked in the not-for-profit sector as the CEO of the Little River Landcare Group and has extensive experience in sustainable agriculture, community engagement and resilience building strategies. 

Pip’s professional career within Landcare resulted in her being inducted into the Australian Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame and presented as the winner of 2015 NSW Landcare Facilitator Award. The skills she built during her time with Landcare, have shaped her professional career and opened many doors as a result.

Pip is a current Technical Committee Member of the Australian Beef Industry Sustainability Framework and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course and the Australian Agribusiness Leadership Program. Pip served as a Board member of Central Tablelands Local Land Services for 6 years and after recently stepping down, has become a Board member of Macquarie Homestay which is a purpose built, low-cost accommodation facility for people seeking medical treatment in Dubbo from the more remote parts of NSW.

Landcare Farming Panel

Landcare and farming; is the connection still valued?

Friday 6 August, 9.45am – 10.45am

Landcare’s roots are firmly in the rural heartland of Australia. It is one of the few movements that bridges agricultural production and conservation of natural assets. The Landcare model has been extremely successful, enabling farmers and other land managers to share experiences and learn from each other. Evolution of the model has seen farming systems, producer groups and consultant groups emerge to test ideas and share information. In recent times, regenerative agriculture has also emerged as an area of significant interest for some agricultural producers and is self-organising. Many in the agricultural sector are now grappling with identifying the most reliable sources of information to guide their farming and land management decisions. This panel will discuss Landcare’s current connection to the agricultural sector, challenges for clear messaging for farmers, facilitators and advisors, and how Landcare can most effectively support farmers and agricultural organisations to validate ideas and share reliable information.

PANEL SPEAKERS

2021 National Landcare Conference Speaker Cam Nicholson

Cam Nicholson 

Cam Nicholson is a partner in Nicon Rural Services, a consulting business near Geelong working with the grazing and cropping industries, and natural resource management. 

Involved in various programs for the GRDC, MLA and Landcare, he provides consultancy advice to farmers and lectures on animal and pasture systems at Marcus Oldham College. His most recent work has focussed on understanding and discussing risk in farming businesses and how to enhance decision making.  

With wife Fiona, they run a 400 ha beef and sheep farm on the Bellarine Peninsula turning off cattle for the long fed Japanese market and wool.

2021 National Landcare Conference Speaker Lucinda Corigan

Lucinda Corrigan, Farmers For Climate Action

Lucinda Corrigan has spent her professional life working in innovation across the livestock industries. Through many roles at a local, state and national level she has developed a deep interest in transformational research and development, the ethical governance of public funds, attracting private coinvestment, transparency and accountability that invigorate change.

She chaired the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation at Charles Sturt University, the Primary Industries Ministerial Advisory Council in NSW for Minister Hodgkinson, a long term Director of Meat and Livestock Australia and chaired the MLA Donor Company, and a Commissioner of The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.  She is past Chair of Farmers for Climate Action.

Currently she chairs the Sheep Sustainability Framework Governance Committee, a non-executive director at dairy company Datagene and Chair of the board of the Animal Breeding and Genetics Unit at UNE.

2021 National Landcare Conference Speaker Alastair Rayer

Alastair Rayner

Following a seventeen and a half year career with NSW DPI as a District Livestock Officer (Beef Products), Alastair operates RaynerAg – an agricultural consultancy business in NSW, servicing the red meat sector with a focus on beef production. RaynerAg offers a full range of on farm services including livestock management and selection, nutrition and drought management, breeding herd performance and from 2020, clients can also use Alastair as a licensed Stock & Station Agent.

Alastair is also Councillor of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW. In March 2021, he was appointed to the Cattle Council of Australia as a member of the Pilot Policy Council.

2021 National Landcare Conference Speaker Colie Seis

Colin Seis, Landcare Farming

Merino sheep and cattle producers, Colin Seis and his son Nicholas own the 2000 acre property “Winona” in the Gulgong district of New South Wales Australia, which is managed using methods that continually regenerate its grassland, soil, and farm ecosystem. Five hundred acres of oats, wheat and cereal rye are sown annually using the ‘pasture cropping’ technique Colin developed over 25 years ago. Other enterprises on Winona consist of a merino ram breeding operation, and native grass seed, which is harvested from the property’s native grassland. During the development of ‘pasture cropping’ and regenerative land management techniques, Colin has been awarded many times for his achievements including Australian Conservation Farmer of the year in 2005 and the National Bob Hawke Landcare Award in 2014.

2021 National Landcare Conference Speaker Shane Norrish

Facilitator | Dr Shane Norrish, CEO Landcare Australia

Dr Shane Norrish is chief executive officer of Landcare Australia, a national not-for profit that works in partnership with multiple stakeholders to support the landcare community with funding and capacity building for on-ground projects. Shane commenced with Landcare Australia in 2007 in the role of Landcare Farming Manager. Since then he has managed Landcare Australia’s Landcare Farming program, significant revegetation biodiversity projects, and partnerships focused on the agriculture and land management. Major projects include the Durness Borland Landcare Corridor at Tea Gardens NSW, Living Landscapes at Bundanon NSW, Conservation Reserve in Victoria’s Wimmera and Landcare Australia’s role as a Service Provider for the Australia Government Green Army and 20Million Trees programs. During his career, Shane has worked across a wide range of agricultural industries with a key objective of supporting projects that integrate natural resource management and conservation with improved productivity. Shane likes to start his day surfing on Sydney’s northern beaches to get the blood flowing and to delay spending time in Sydney traffic.

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Plenary Speakers

Trish O’Gorman, Landcare Australia | Matt Crawley and Naomi Wells, Bellarine Catchment Network

Connecting and collaborating through a dedicated online community for Landcarers

STREAM: PARTNERSHIP

Landcare is all about community. It’s about connection, and meaningful collaborations to tackle environmental issues. It’s about sharing knowledge and working together. But what if the meaningful collaborations could be extended across geographical boundaries? What if people could connect with each other irrespective of where they were? What if the knowledge and networking that happens at conferences like this one, could happen from your own home, at any time?

Due to COVID-19, more than ever before, people have started to discover the value of technology in the areas of knowledge sharing, building online communities, and connecting with people – and this session will share how this is possible for the Landcare community. Landcarer is an online community platform developed especially for people who care for their local environment. This session will introduce real-life examples of how community groups and networks are using the platform, what issues it has helped them overcome, what challenges they’ve had, and what they have achieved. Delegates will discover the benefits of being part of a dedicated online community where they can access knowledge, connect and collaborate with like-minded people. Sign up for Landcarer by visiting https://www.landcarer.com.au/ or downloading the Landcarer mobile app.

Trish O’Gorman, Landcare Australia | Matt Crawley and Naomi Wells, Bellarine Catchment Network

Connecting and collaborating through a dedicated online community for Landcarers

STREAM: PARTNERSHIP

Landcare is all about community. It’s about connection, and meaningful collaborations to tackle environmental issues. It’s about sharing knowledge and working together. But what if the meaningful collaborations could be extended across geographical boundaries? What if people could connect with each other irrespective of where they were? What if the knowledge and networking that happens at conferences like this one, could happen from your own home, at any time?

Due to COVID-19, more than ever before, people have started to discover the value of technology in the areas of knowledge sharing, building online communities, and connecting with people – and this session will share how this is possible for the Landcare community. Landcarer is an online community platform developed especially for people who care for their local environment. This session will introduce real-life examples of how community groups and networks are using the platform, what issues it has helped them overcome, what challenges they’ve had, and what they have achieved. Delegates will discover the benefits of being part of a dedicated online community where they can access knowledge, connect and collaborate with like-minded people. Sign up for Landcarer by visiting https://www.landcarer.com.au/ or downloading the Landcarer mobile app.

Trish O’Gorman, Landcare Australia | Matt Crawley and Naomi Wells, Bellarine Catchment Network

Connecting and collaborating through a dedicated online community for Landcarers

STREAM: PARTNERSHIP

Landcare is all about community. It’s about connection, and meaningful collaborations to tackle environmental issues. It’s about sharing knowledge and working together. But what if the meaningful collaborations could be extended across geographical boundaries? What if people could connect with each other irrespective of where they were? What if the knowledge and networking that happens at conferences like this one, could happen from your own home, at any time?

Due to COVID-19, more than ever before, people have started to discover the value of technology in the areas of knowledge sharing, building online communities, and connecting with people – and this session will share how this is possible for the Landcare community. Landcarer is an online community platform developed especially for people who care for their local environment. This session will introduce real-life examples of how community groups and networks are using the platform, what issues it has helped them overcome, what challenges they’ve had, and what they have achieved. Delegates will discover the benefits of being part of a dedicated online community where they can access knowledge, connect and collaborate with like-minded people. Sign up for Landcarer by visiting https://www.landcarer.com.au/ or downloading the Landcarer mobile app.

Trish O’Gorman, Landcare Australia | Matt Crawley and Naomi Wells, Bellarine Catchment Network

Connecting and collaborating through a dedicated online community for Landcarers

STREAM: PARTNERSHIP

Landcare is all about community. It’s about connection, and meaningful collaborations to tackle environmental issues. It’s about sharing knowledge and working together. But what if the meaningful collaborations could be extended across geographical boundaries? What if people could connect with each other irrespective of where they were? What if the knowledge and networking that happens at conferences like this one, could happen from your own home, at any time?

Due to COVID-19, more than ever before, people have started to discover the value of technology in the areas of knowledge sharing, building online communities, and connecting with people – and this session will share how this is possible for the Landcare community. Landcarer is an online community platform developed especially for people who care for their local environment. This session will introduce real-life examples of how community groups and networks are using the platform, what issues it has helped them overcome, what challenges they’ve had, and what they have achieved. Delegates will discover the benefits of being part of a dedicated online community where they can access knowledge, connect and collaborate with like-minded people. Sign up for Landcarer by visiting https://www.landcarer.com.au/ or downloading the Landcarer mobile app.

Trish O’Gorman, Landcare Australia | Matt Crawley and Naomi Wells, Bellarine Catchment Network

Connecting and collaborating through a dedicated online community for Landcarers

STREAM: PARTNERSHIP

Landcare is all about community. It’s about connection, and meaningful collaborations to tackle environmental issues. It’s about sharing knowledge and working together. But what if the meaningful collaborations could be extended across geographical boundaries? What if people could connect with each other irrespective of where they were? What if the knowledge and networking that happens at conferences like this one, could happen from your own home, at any time?

Due to COVID-19, more than ever before, people have started to discover the value of technology in the areas of knowledge sharing, building online communities, and connecting with people – and this session will share how this is possible for the Landcare community. Landcarer is an online community platform developed especially for people who care for their local environment. This session will introduce real-life examples of how community groups and networks are using the platform, what issues it has helped them overcome, what challenges they’ve had, and what they have achieved. Delegates will discover the benefits of being part of a dedicated online community where they can access knowledge, connect and collaborate with like-minded people. Sign up for Landcarer by visiting https://www.landcarer.com.au/ or downloading the Landcarer mobile app.

Trish O’Gorman, Landcare Australia | Matt Crawley and Naomi Wells, Bellarine Catchment Network

Connecting and collaborating through a dedicated online community for Landcarers

STREAM: PARTNERSHIP

Landcare is all about community. It’s about connection, and meaningful collaborations to tackle environmental issues. It’s about sharing knowledge and working together. But what if the meaningful collaborations could be extended across geographical boundaries? What if people could connect with each other irrespective of where they were? What if the knowledge and networking that happens at conferences like this one, could happen from your own home, at any time?

Due to COVID-19, more than ever before, people have started to discover the value of technology in the areas of knowledge sharing, building online communities, and connecting with people – and this session will share how this is possible for the Landcare community. Landcarer is an online community platform developed especially for people who care for their local environment. This session will introduce real-life examples of how community groups and networks are using the platform, what issues it has helped them overcome, what challenges they’ve had, and what they have achieved. Delegates will discover the benefits of being part of a dedicated online community where they can access knowledge, connect and collaborate with like-minded people. Sign up for Landcarer by visiting https://www.landcarer.com.au/ or downloading the Landcarer mobile app.