Landcare in the Basalt to Bay Region : Past, Present & Future

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Basalt to Bay Landcare Network will be hosting a regional Landcare forum for it's member groups and non member community NRM groups in our region.

Why : Basalt to Bay Landcare Network are hosting this forum for Landcare members and other community based NRM groups who are in our region, to recogniZe the challenges facing Landcare and provide some solutions to addressing these challenges.

The aim of the forum is for you to network, recognise past achievements, and understand the current state of affairs for the Landcare movement and to work out what the B2BLN can do help your group achieve your goals.

The intention is that by the end of the day :

* You have some ideas and pathways to follow up to achieve desired outcomes for your members and the environment
* You have a better support network and access to resources to achieve your goals
* That B2BLN has stronger ties and involvement with local group


The forum is by invite only. Invites will officially be sent out by the end of today. Prospective participants will be contacted by a member of the Basalt to Bay steering committee in the next week, to discuss the forum in greater detail and to guage your interest in attending.

I would strongly encourage prospective participants to attend the forum, as this will be a unique opportunity to learn more about the achievements of Landcare, the current state of Landcare in our region and where it's headed in the future.

Agenda:
9:30: Arrival and registration.
9:50: Welcome to country (Rob Lowe – Gunditjmarra Elder).
10.00 – 10.15: Individual introductions
Who are you, where are you from, why you came and your expectations out of today ?
10:15 – 10:30: Welcome to the forum: The Story of Basalt to Bay Landcare Network (Tim Bligh – Chair
of Basalt to Bay Landcare Network)
Why we formed, what we have achieved to date, our coordinators role & why we organised the forum.
10:30-11:15: Learn about each other’s journey
Member groups will talk about their Landcare experience.
11:15-11:30: Australia wide trends in Landcare (Richard Hudson)
Richard will discuss what he sees as Australia wide trends in Landcare at the group, project and policy level.
11:30-11:45: Break.
11.45 – 11.55 Victorian Landcare Council update (Wayne Bryce)
11:55-12.15 pm: Challenges to Landcare (Matthew Ebden)
Climate change, shifting population demographics, funding uncertainty and changes in local, state and
national priorities, new volunteering initiatives etc.
12.15-12:30 pm: Climate Variability – Impacts and opportunities for the Environment and Farming
(Karen Wales)
12:30-1:15: Lunch : Enjoy lunch &/or learn about the Victorian Volcanic Plains Grasslands Conservation
Management Network (Carolyn Rundell).
1:15-1:30: Developing topics for group discussions of challenges & solutions
1:30-2:15: Group discussions of challenges & solutions
2.15- 2.30: Break
2.30 – 3.00: Convergence session – reporting back on the ideas from group discussions
3:00-3:30: Hypothetical: A Geoffrey Robertson style facilitated discussion about challenges to Landcare and
how Landcare might reinvent itself and potential solutions for the ongoing sustainability of Landcare.
3:30-4.00: Where to from here?
– What actions as a collective can we do to progress key common issues?
– What will you do next and how can the regional network (B2B) help you?
– What will B2B do next and how can you help?
– Actions & timelines
– The next farm based B2BLN forum.

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