Upper Lachlan Landcare Inc held their AGM last week at the new Breadalbane Hall. Attendees were considerably higher than usual with over 80 guests at the meeting assisted no doubt by the highly sought after guest speaker, author and historian Bill Gammage.
All positions on the committee remained with Nerida Croker staying on as Chair, John O’Brien as secretary/treasurer and Rod Edwards, Mary and John Walsh as Vice Chair. Two new committee members were elected, Bob Spiller from Jerrawa Creek Landcare and Russel Irwin from Heffernans Creek Landcare.
The guests were treated to a moving “Welcome To Country” by Ngambri Aboriginal Elder, Shane Mortimer, who thanked the landcarers for looking after the country.
Bill Gammage gave a presentation based on his latest book “The biggest estate on earth; How Aborigines made Australia”, which incorporates more than a decade of research on how Indigenous Australians’ used fire and water to manage the landscape, dismissing the widely held idea that pre-European Australia was an untamed wilderness.
After Gammages’ talk guests were treated to dinner catered by the Breadalbane Plains Landcare Group and an impromptu performance by Legendary Australian Bush Poet Garry Lowe.
It was a very successful evening with many newcomers interested in becoming a part of Landcare and much interest in getting Bill Gammage back for a “paddock walk” in the district.
Upper Lachlan Landcare would like to thank all of the community members who helped make the event work so well particularly Kate De Kleuver and Fay Edwards from Breadalbane Plains Landcare who did a sensational job with the catering, Libby Webster from the Breadalbane Hall committee who assisted with the set up of the hall and the decorations, Mary-Anne Powell the Principal of the Breadalbane School for lending us the projecting equipment, Rod Edwards from the Rural Fire Brigade for assisting with set up and the loan of chairs and tables and Percy Bell from the Breadalbane Hall committee for mowing the Park.