Welcome Roger McRaild - new Facilitator of the Moorabool Landcare Network

A warm welcome to our new facilitator!  Many of you will recall that Roger worked for 2 months as the Landcare Facilitator when Max was away and it is great that he has been brave enough to come back for more!

Roger has experience from DEPI where he has built up a strong understanding of the region's environment and the specific threats that face the Moorabool Landcare Network from Serrated Tussock (and other weeds) and Rabbits.

Roger demonstrated an ability to weigh up a range of options when dealing with conflicting and difficult situations and an ability to build relationships that had begun under Max. Roger also demonstrated strong understanding of the Natural Resources of the region and this will serve the Network well when identifying and assessing future landscape-scale projects.

"I am excited to welcome Roger back to the Network and look forward to working with him in the future. Please feel free to drop into Roger at the Myrniong Hall and say hello as you have done for Max" Anthony Dufty.

Farewell and thank you Max Coster

Max Coster retired on Thursday 30 April 2015.   The president and committee passed on to Max their sincere thanks for all the hard work that he has put in to the district during his tenure as Landcare Facilitator and Executive Officer for the Moorabool Landcare Network. He will be missed as a professional in NRM but also as a confidant and friend.

"It is impossible to summarise Max's contribution to the region as they are many and varied. Without a doubt most of us will miss his engaging personality and ability to build relationships.

During his time Max oversaw the creation of the Moorabool Landcare Network and has been instrumental in the bringing together of the Landcare and Friends groups of the shire into a cohesive body. The Moorabool Landcare Network is thriving from Max's energy and will no doubt go on to bigger and better things from such a great start.

Max brought with him a depth of experience in project management, communication and community engagement that will be sorely missed. I wish Max all the very best for his future and know that whatever he puts his mind to will be a great success. I believe that this will mainly be around his family but I hope that the walking poles and "old boy" port that were presented to him as a farewell gift (on Thursday 23rd) are well used for the day walks that he has so wanted to undertake as part of his retirement. Thank you Max" said President Anthony Dufty.

I wish to welcome to the Moorabool Landcare Network Max's replacement: Roger MacRaild.

Congratulations Roger. Many of you will reall the Roger worked for 2 months as the Landcare Facilitator whilst Max was away and it is great that he has been brave enough to come back for more! Roger has experience from DEPI where he has built up a strong understanding of the region's environment and the specifric threats that face the Moorabool Landcare Network from Serrated Tussock (and other weeds) and Rabbits. Roger demonstrated an ability to weigh up a range of options when dealing with conflicting and difficult situations and an ability to build relationships that had begun under Max. Roger also demonstrated strong understanding of the Natural Resources of the region and this will serve the Network well when identifying and assessing future landscape-scale projects. I am excited to welcome Roger back to the Network and look forward to working with him in the future. Please feel free to drop into Roger at the Myrniong Hall and say hello as you have done for Max.

The next meeting for the Moorabool Landcare Network is on the 1st June and I hope to see you all there to welcome Roger to the position.

 

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Awards Night great success!

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We were delighted to see so many of the local Landcare and Friends groups enjoying the Awards event which was held in Ballan the evening before the 2014 Landcare Expo.

Eighty people attended the reception at Ballan Mechanics Institute to see individuals and groups across the Shire of Moorabool honoured for environmental work associated with Landcare.

Individuals awarded for long term significant contribution to the local environment (sponsoring group in brackets) included;

  • Ken Stanley (Pentland Hills LG),
  • John Sheehan and Deirdre Davey (Rowsley LG),
  • David and Barbara Pye and Norris McCarthy (Bullengarook LG),
  • Elspeth Swan, John and Maureen Fish (Moorabool Catchment LG),
  • John Davies and Pat Liffmann (Blackwood – Barrys Reef LG),
  • Bryan Hanrahan and Phil Kinghorn (Lal Lal Catchment LG),
  • Ken Beasley (Grow West),
  • Ruth Marnie and Simon Jolly (Parwan LG).

Outstanding environmental projects by Landcare groups were also acknowledged and included -

  • Pentland Hills LG – annual planting days,
  • Rowsley LG – annual community aerial spraying of Serrated Tussock and also for the Whitehorse Creek biolink project,
  • Bullengarook LG - nest boxes for arboreal native animals,
  • Friends of Brisbane Ranges - biennual wildflower show,
  • Blackwood-Barrys Reef LG – a community awareness program on weeds threatening the surrounding forest,
  • Moorabool Catchment LG - gorse and Serrated Tussock control project,
  • and the Friends of Paddock Creek Reserve for conservation enhancement works at the reserve.

Myrniong Primary School and St Patricks Primary School at Gordon also received recognition for their significant contribution to environmental education.

As the citations were read out, it was clearly evident that the individuals and groups had made an enormous contribution toward improving the natural environment in the Shire.


President of the Moorabool Landcare Network, Mr Anthony Dufty, said the awards evening was only possible due to Grow West (major sponsor), Ballan and District Community Bank, Moorabool Shire Council, Moorabool Catchment Landcare Group, and the Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority.

 

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