It has been a busy start to the year for us at Landcare with people coming and going from the Landcare building during Elvis week. Thanks to everyone for visiting! I can honestly say that everyone that passed through, whether it was for a cuppa and scones or to purchase a program, everyone was just lovely! Must be the music in the air!
The fantastic thing about having evens in our local area is that they have a positive impact on our whole region. It is good to love and protect your own patch, but we have so much to benefit from keeping an open mind to the bigger things that we can achieve if we work together.
We will be settling into the year next week and looking in more detail at our plan for the next 18 months particularly, which will see out the Local Landcare Coordinator Initiative (LLCI) that covers my part-time role. We want to ensure that we are making the most of opportunities, not only within the shires of Parkes and Forbes, but across NSW and broader, if required.
We are trying to be holistic in approach to Landcare in general this year, and, in a simplified form, we have three themes that we are tying our activities in to. Whilst they are separate, they all tie together closely in terms of achieving overall health for our region.
Our three target areas are: Healthy Landscapes, Healthy People and Healthy Communities.
Healthy Landscapes – including re-vegetation and improving farming practices. Healthy People – increase our physical and mental health. This will take the form of education and practice, with some fun and challenging activities planned ahead this year. Healthy Communities – yearly community activities, plus new community activities planned to encourage community involvement.
Our first CWLL Committee meeting will be held in Parkes on February 21, which will come around quickly now that we are already heading to mid-January, which is hard to believe.
I am looking forward to working from Forbes on Wednesday’s from February 2018, between 9am – 3pm. This year we will also be working within our local schools to expand our education program. Until next week, happy Landcaring!