Above: Tracey McRae at a tree planting day with students from Alvie Primary School celebrating 25 years of Landcare in 2012.
Farewell to two Regional Landcare Coordinators
Two esteemed Regional Landcare Coordinators, Kevin Chaplin from the Mallee and Tracey McRae from Corangamite, have recently left their positions.
Born and bred in the Mallee, Kevin Chaplin was a founding member of Murrayville Landcare Group and has been involved in Landcare for more than 25 years.
Kevin’s understanding of the challenges and benefits of land management practice change and his advocacy for Landcare have been a great asset in the region. His tireless efforts to encourage collaboration and widespread participation in Landcare, and his care and concern for the local community will be truly missed.
According to his colleague, Tess Grieves from the North Central CMA, Kevin has also been a great mentor.
“Kevin is passionate, dedicated and incredibly knowledgeable. Having him at the other end of the phone with his experience in farming and working with rural communities has been invaluable. Thank you Kevin!” Tess said.
Tracey McRae has given ten years of excellent service to Landcare in the Corangamite region. Her community spirit, can-do attitude, knowledge, commitment to Landcare and her positive nature will be sorely missed.
Tracey’s Landcare journey began at the age of 16 when she volunteered with the Maffra Landcare Network.
Tracey said she had enjoyed her Landcare journey immensely and gave thanks to the inspiring colleagues and volunteers she has worked alongside.
“To all the people who continue to fly the flag high for this amazing volunteer movement – it’s your knowledge and wisdom that has enabled me to develop my skills working in this field of which I am so grateful,” she said.
The next issue of the Landcare magazine, to be published in spring 2018, will feature stories on managing soil. Stories on soil research and innovation, soil management, communicating about soils, and soil related projects and activities are sought.
Our readers are keen to learn about the successes of different soil projects, as well as what hasn’t worked, and the reflections and insights of your group or network along the way. Please contact the editor with your story ideas.
Contributions should be sent to the editor by Friday 13 July 2018.
Carrie Tiffany, editor
Victorian Landcare and Catchment Management Magazine