Regional Landcare Facilitator builds sustainable land management capacity

[March 2015]

Regional Landcare Facilitator (RLF) Mary-Anne (Mez) Clunies-Ross is helping to coordinate a number of capacity building opportunities this month as part of Rangelands NRM’s RLF program.

Ms Clunies-Ross provides ongoing support for pastoralists and producers across the Western Australian (WA) Southern Rangelands to assist delivery of sustainable land management practices.

As part of this, Rangelands NRM was proud to sponsor keynote speaker Catherine Marriot, at the 43rd Annual Isolated Children’s and Parents Association Conference (ICPA) WA Conference in Perth on 19 March.

“Catherine is Managing Director and Facilitator at Influential Women, a qualified ruminant nutritionist, and a passionate advocate for Australian agriculture, we were pleased to support this opportunity to share her knowledge through her ‘SPIRIT’ presentation and follow-up workshop at the ICPA conference,” Ms Clunes-Ross said.

Ms Clunies-Ross is building rapport and sustainable production projects with producers in the Cue area which includes the Meekatharra Regional Biosecurity Association.

Ms Clunies-Ross is also coordinating a Rangelands NRM grant to assist a number of pastoralists from across the Pilbara and Southern Rangelands to attend the April 2015 Australian Rangeland Society (ARS) Conference.

Following the conference, the pastoralists will embark on a two-day tour of Woodgreen and Old Man Plains Research stations near Alice Springs to learn about success stories in rangeland rehabilitation, soil conservation, rangeland rehydration and grazing systems in the context of an arid land system.

“Attendees will share their learning from the conference and tours with their local groups, giving others some ideas for their properties,” Ms Clunies-Ross said.

Image: Participants listen to Catherine Marriot at the 2015 ICPA-WA conference. (T.Belcher)