As part of a GER K2W Community Landcare Group funding Hovell’ s Creek Landcare held a planning workshop at Grabine in September. The workshop, facilitated by Lyndal Hasselman and extremely well organised and planned by Keith Hyde and Vanessa Cain, was attended by 40 stakeholders from the Hovell’s creek focus area (the western edge of K2W, roughly centred around Wyangala Dam and bounded by Mandurama in the north, Hovells Creek in the east and Taylors Flat in the south, see map )
Participants included Landholders, park managers, weeds officers, researchers, scientists, ornthilogists, traditional owners, CMA and DPI staff and members of the GER team. Hovell’s Creek Landcarer, Keith Hyde, who was instrumental in the organisation and planning of the event suggested that this was the first time that this group of people had been in the room all together, an impressive feat in itself.
Gary Howling from Great Eastern Ranges Initiative (GER) gave a brief background on GER and the K2W Link.
Lyndal had a great way to kick off the workshop with a charade style game of fish. where each of the workshop participants were given a card with an image of an animal and they had to find their match without speaking.
After the introductions it was down to business with the focus of the day to identify key conservation issues within the project area and including: Identification of key bird species migration patterns within the K2W corridor, their current habitats and refuge areas; Problem links in connectivity and the need for additional habitat on public and private land;
Land management issues such as: Pest animal and invasive plant species control; Habitat needs of threatened native species within the corridor; Vegetation connectivity and regeneration; Fire management
Identification of actions and nomination of responsibilities.
We are really looking forward to seeing the results from the workshop which will be used to develop an action plan for collectively implementing future conservation works in the Hovell’s creek area. Works required will be guided by the workshop findings along with the latest monitoring results and science. It is anticipated that this action plan will also provide structure and clarity to future funding applications.
It is a great initiative by the Hovell’s Creek Landcare group and we would highly recommend that other groups, particularly those in the K2W area chat with Keith Hyde and Vanessa Cain to see how this idea could be implemented in other areas.