What have the RLFs been up to? April 2016
The Riverina Regional Landcare Facilitators are Bindi Vanzella (3 days per week) and Kimberley Beattie (2 days per week).
Kimberley headed to Henty with Local Landcare Coordinator for the Mid-Murrumbidgee (south) Maddy Gorham, to catch up with members of the Henty Men’s Shed who have been building some brilliant combination glider and microbat nesting boxes – keep your eyes on the Riverina Landcare blog for a story about these nest boxes in the near future. Kimberley likewise joined Gemma Hawkins, Landcare Coordinator for the Mid-Murrumbidgee (north), when she caught up with the members of Coolamon Landcare group, who are hard at work raising the local profile of the wildlife in Coolamon’s Kindra Forest. As always, Kimberley also spent a lot of her time maintaining the Murrumbidgee Landcare social media accounts, and keeping the Riverina Landcare blog updated with news about recent and upcoming Landcare events across the region.
Bindi spent a lot of time in April working closely with the Riverina’s six new Local Landcare Coordinators, as they travelled around the region, getting to know the Landcare groups across the Riverina. She met with the Landcare Irrigation Areas Collective in Griffith, who are currently planning their next major community engagement activity. Bindi also met up with several Landcare, NRM and Indigenous organisations in Hay, Wagga Wagga, Harden- Murrumburrah, Cootamundra, Tumut, and Young to discuss current and future Landcare activities. With Murrumbidgee Landcare Inc. Bindi has commenced planning a series of ‘grassroots training’ workshops which will be held across the region later this year, and investigating several other potential future project opportunities with Landcare Co-ordinators.
Both RLFs have been working closely with Edwina Hayes, the RLF from the neighbouring Murray region to develop the weekly Landcare Snapshots that are presented on Riverina ABC radio with Anne Delaney every Thursday morning at 6:40am. These snapshots are uploaded to the Riverina Landcare blog every week, and emailed to an ever-expanding emailing list of interested Landcarers across the Riverina.