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Central West Lachlan Landcare Annual General Meeting in Forbes

Just in case you haven't booked in for our AGM on Monday evening....this is your last opportunity!

We are pleased to have guest speaker, Andrew Linnertson from Ananda Food as our guest speaker. Ananda Food work with Australian Farmers to produce high quality hemp. We are also pleased to welcome a local grower to talk about some of his experiences growing hemp in the last 18 months.

You know the rest...we will try to keep it as short as possible, so that we can enjoy our presentation and dinner. 

The purpose of the Central West Lachlan Landcare Annual General Meeting  on Monday, 28 October 2019 is to: 
1. Confirm Minutes from the previous AGM.
2. Accept the Annual Financial Report
3. Receive and accept reports from the Chairperson, Treasurer and Coordinator
4. Elect eight Committee members, including five Office Bearers (Chair, Deputy Chair, Treasurer, Secretary & Public Officer)
5. Appoint an Auditor for the 2018/19 Financial Year.
6. Celebrate our achievements with us.
Please note that renewal of membership is essential for voting purposes. Membership forms can be found here.

Ananda Food
Ananda Food is one of the largest Australian-owned hemp seed producers in Australia. They are one of the only commercial-scale producers of premium food-grade hemp gown in Australia.

In November 2017, legislation in Australia approved the use of hemp seed products as food. The company began growing industrial hemp in Tasmania and we are keen to talk about it, including production, with a local Forbes Shire landholder, also sharing his experience producing hemp in the past 12 months.

Register Here
NSW Landcare Conference and Announcement of Gerald Carnie Award Recipient
The NSW Landcare and Local Land Services Conference was held last week in Broken Hill.
I was pleased to be a part of this wonderful event in an interesting part of Australia (pics on facebook, instagram and twitter).
A special Award that is sponsored by the Parliamentary Friends of Landcare is the Gerald Carnie Award, presented to an individual in recognition of their contribution to the development of the philosophy of Landcare.
This year Mr Robert Dulhunty was deservingly selected as the recipient in recognition of his local, regional and statewide contribution to Landcare over 30 years. More information in last weeks column here.
On a personal was so lovely to be part of the dinner with Gerald's older brother Trevor, widow, Lorraine and 'boys' Ryan and Jarrod. It was a fabulous evening.

We pretty much couldn’t have asked for a more gorgeous morning after the rain in town the day before.

It was wonderful to see whole families walking, ranging from gorgeous little people in prams to a senior member of our community, who kept in stride with everyone!

Obviously, acknowledging the importance of wellness and giving people the opportunity to participate in activities, including the walk was a big part of the morning, but this was primarily done to raise awareness for McGrath Foundation Breast Care Nurses.

Find out more information here.
Forbes Teddy Bear's Picnic
It was my pleasure to be part of the Teddy Bear's Picnic last weekend. We loved looking at the Waterbugs from Lake Forbes and finding some fabulous little creatures.

Parkes Shire Council is implementing a new Recycled Water Scheme (RWS) to supply high quality recycled water for open space irrigation sites around Parkes. The scheme will strengthen Parkes’ water security by providing an additional source of water for non-potable (non-drinking) use.

The Recycled Water Scheme (RWS) is the latest water infrastructure venture to be undertaken as part of the Parkes Integrated Water Infrastructure Renewal Program. The Recycled Water Scheme will be rolled out in three phases.

Find out more about last weeks official opening here.
Forbes has recently had on display it's Lake Activation Plan. These plans include a performance pavilion, beach, memorial walk and we are pleased that wetland plantings will be a big part of shoreline plans. If you haven't checked out plans here.


Parkes Shire
To nominate someone, pick up a nomination form from Council, one of our libraries, or at the Parkes Visitor Information Centre. Alternatively, you can download nomination forms here. Entries for the Community, Cultural and Environmental Awards close on 30 November 2019.

Forbes Shire
Find out more about Forbes Australia Day here. Nomination forms will be distributed in the next week.  

Master's student assistance
I have been contacted by Phillip Martin who is a Master's student from the Australian National University (ANU). He is conducting an independent evaluation as a reserve project Pilot impact evaluation of the Australian Government Environmental Stewardship Program.
Find out more information on the Participant Information Sheet
Glossy Black Project
As part of a bigger project looking at the inland NSW population of the Glossy Black Cockatoo, Central West Local Land Services in partnership with Biodiversity & Conservation Division, NSW NPWS, Forest Corp NSW, Dubbo Field Naturalists and Landcare partners are preparing to run the first Great Inland Glossy Count.
This will be the first coordinated count across the NSW inland population between Parkes and Narrabri. The count will be run on the first three weekends in November 2019 at each of the three main sites
  • 2 November 2019 - Pilliga Forests (and surrounds)
  • 9 November 2019 - Goonoo National Park (and surrounds)
  • 16 November 2019 - Goobang National Park (and surrounds)
The project team is looking for volunteers to assist with the counts on one or more of those weekends. Choice is up to the individual where they would like to participate in the count. This is a great opportunity to visit some of our inland National Parks and state forests as part of a large scale citizen science project. The only equipment required are a pair of binoculars, a notepad and the ability to travel to the site.
Anyone keen to volunteer should sign-up via the online volunteer portal ( by Wednesday 30 October. If signing up online is daunting, give May Fleming at CW LLS a call 02 6842 6605, 0436 122 140 or .

On-farm renewables are a valuable opportunity for farmers to cut costs and emissions. This inaugural event brings together farmers, agriculture and energy consultants, peak bodies and Government representatives to share stories of on-farm renewables, their business case and discuss what’s driving the transformation of energy use in agriculture. The Expo offers attendees the chance to speak to credible renewable energy suppliers about what’s on offer.
To register, click here.

Social Media
Are you on facebook, instagram, twitter or linkedin? We are and we would love to share some of our pics and events with you. We use each of these platforms to share different information. Essentially, we love to tell others about what a beautiful, amazing area of the world we live in. Links to our social media are below. Most of our social media is generated directly by us, but we are happy to share relavent information through our social media as well. 

We have some VERY EXCITING news coming up next weekend that we are thrilled to be sharing, that will bring a focus to our area and bring people to our region next year. We would love you to be part of this, so keep an eye on our social media next weekend!

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