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2008 10th Annual Landcare Adventure

01/01/2008

“Rejuvenation with Water” proved to be a popular theme for the 2008 Landcare Adventure.

The first day focused on guest speakers, the most well known Meteorologist Mr. Martin Babakhan. Mr. Babakhan was extremely generous with his knowledge and proved to be a most enthusiastic speaker. Other speakers for the day included Associated Professor Robert Baker, UNE Long Range forecaster, Mr. Michael Murray, CEO Gwydir Valley Irrigators Assoc and Robert Jarrett, NSW Farmers Solicitor. Ranald Munro and Michelle Ward-Ramsey then joined the speakers to participate in a forum. This was particularly interesting and thought provoking. The final event for the day was a gathering on the Gwydir riverbank for a presentation by Vision 20/20, detailing their plans for this area.

The dinner and evening presentation, by Mr. Martin Babakhan, held at the Roxy was well received by all in attendance.

The 10th Anniversary birthday cake was cut by John Herring, UGLA and Geoff Robertson, GBLC. The second day’s activities started at the RSL with a big breakfast followed by the Landcare Awards. Ms Pauline Roberts, alternative health practitioner, gave us a spirited presentation and demonstration of Water Divining. We then eagerly boarded the buses to travel to “Arabanoo”. Ian Armstrong gave us a very interesting talk on his sub-tropical pastures and his extensive water system. If there is anyone who wants to know about welding poly pipe, Ian’s your man. Pauline Roberts then invited us to “try” water divining. This was particularly entertaining.

Our next stop was “Yeral”.

We viewed Bob’s water system and a creek bank stabilization project. Bob entertained us with the history on both of these projects. After Lunch at “Yeral”, the woolshed was a great venue for a presentation from Garry McDouall.

At the conclusion of Garry’s wonderful presentation Chairman Bob Muir then officially handed the Landcare “baton” to “Glenrac”, 2009 Landcare Adventure hosts. I would like to note the support and assistance given by the community to make the Adventure such and enjoyable event.

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