People Working Together – Landcare in South Australia

People Working Together – Landcare in South Australia

2013 South Australian Landcare Conference complementing the 2013 Landcare Awards

Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 November, 2013

The Observatory, 23 Hackney Road, Hackney

A diverse range of speakers highlighting innovative and valuable work in protecting our natural resources through Landcare, will feature at the 10th South Australian Landcare Conference in Adelaide in November 2013.

The conference will bring together more than 150 South Australian landcarers to share ideas and learn from best practice and on the ground projects.

The Conference is being funded by the Australian Government through the Community Landcare Grants, with major sponsorship from Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) and support from the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR).

Landcare is a national movement, Landcare links people with their landscapes – and the theme for the 2013 South Australian Landcare Conference to be held in Adelaide on 6 and 7 November is People Working Together.

Throughout Australia, Landcare Conferences are convened every two years and the 2013 South Australian Landcare Conference will bring together, from across the state, landcarers to discuss current projects, meet new people, see local sites, share experiences, socialise and most importantly, acknowledge the huge achievements of the landcare community, in association with the State Landcare Awards.

The conference benefits the community by:

  • Connecting landcarers to new ideas, information and funding;
  • Showcasing local and state-wide projects;
  • Promoting community landcare in the local area and beyond; and
  • Inspiring landcarers to continue their valuable work.
  • The 2013 South Australian Landcare Conference enables people to link with local community, primary producers, land managers, volunteers, NRM professionals, businesses and local and state government departments.

Keynote speakers for the conference include:

  • Bill McIntosh, pastoralist from Gum Creek Station, Blinman, former Chair of the Soil Conservation Council, currently Chair of the Outback Communities Authority and many other regional bodies “Balancing NRM in a Changing Landscape”;
  • Evelyn O’Loughlin – CEO Volunteering SANT – “Volunteering – the lifeblood of the Australian economy and environment.”
  • David Rathman – Executive Director, Aboriginal, Student and Family Services, Department for Education and Child Development “Caring For Country – What isn’t different about us?”
  • David Walker – Chairman, National Landcare Network – “Community Landcare – an empowered community managing land, ‘aware, engaged and active’, is the best catalyst for the adoption of sustainable land management practices.”

The conference will bring together people from all over South Australia who will be able to hear from the Finalists of the 2013 State Landcare Awards and visit key projects in the six Field Trips, near Adelaide showing off our partnerships in natural resource management.

The Conference has four Streams of People/Volunteers, Sustainable Agriculture/Farming, Indigenous Land Management and Biodiversity and this will bring together 28 speakers from landcare group members, land managers, government and community professionals in the discussion of these important sectors.

Registration for the Conference is available online, on the Landcare Association of SA website and all landcarers are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

Enquiries to Gerry Butler, Chairman, Landcare Association of SA on 0407 972 149, or

Landcare Conference Speakers

  • BIODIVERSITY: Mark Bachmann, Nature Glenelg Trust

    “Wetland restoration – thinking outside the square” Mark is based in Mount Gambier and is working in both South Australia and Victoria, on a wide range of on-ground conservation initiatives, including a particular emphasis on wetland restoration, conservation and management.

  • SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE/FISHING: Sean Delaney, Sinclairs Gully Winery

    “Winning grant funding -Holy Grail or Poison Chalice” Sean and Sue Delaney own and operate Sinclair’s Gully winery in Norton Summit. Multi award winning business in sustainability, ecotourism, landcare and primary production. Their involvement in a regional grass roots community landcare programme will lead us on exploration of the challenges, success and learnings from this project.

  • PEOPLE AND VOUNTEERS: Duncan MacKenzie

    Chairman BirdLife Australia Gluepot Reserve “Miracles Do Happen – the Story of Gluepot Reserve”. Gluepot Reserve is managed and operated entirely by volunteers – there are no paid staff. The Reserves’ most critical ‘investment’ has been (and always will be) in its volunteers. They are the ‘steel threads that bind together the fabric of the Reserve’. Through our volunteers, we have built strong communication links within the wider community, and this is highlighted by the fact that our volunteers donated 37,474 hours to Gluepot during 2012.

  • INDIGENOUS LAND MANAGEMENT: Doug Humann, APY Land Management Unit

    For more than twenty years, theAPY Lahas helped Anangu to care for their traditional lands and reduce the impact of feral animals and weeds. Doug, formerly the CEO of Bush Heritage will discuss the important work that is being undertaken by the community Caring For Country.


    Hill “Mullet, Management and MSC” Tracy, currently the Secretary of the Southern Fishermen’s Association, which represents Lakes and Coorong commercial fishers, will give an overview of the Lakes and Coorong Fishery’s journey to MSC certification and the implications this has on the management of the fishery.

  • BIODIVERSITY: Faith Coleman

    Co-founder EcoProTem – “Considering the lilies – Carbon in the Abbott era”. Faith will discuss some potential ways for organisations to future-proof their district’s biodiversity outcomes through voluntary carbon credit generation, improving awareness of integrated pest management and engaging with a wider range of stakeholders.

  • PEOPLE AND VOUNTEERS: Christel Mex, Department for Communities and Social Inclusion

    “Are Volunteers Risky Business?”Christel will provide a ‘dummies guide’ to the new Work Health and Safety Bill 2011, compare the support offered to volunteers across jurisdictions and explore the many challenges facing community groups in keeping their volunteers safe.

  • SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE/FISHING: Mark Stanley,Executive Officer, Ag Excellence Alliance Inc

    “Social Media in Agriculture” The range of social media platforms has increased exponentially over recent years, however the most popular platforms used in Australia are Facebook and You Tube. The use of social media in agriculture is increasing as people become familiar with the technology and are more confident in using the array of platforms that are available. Short You Tube style videos can be simple to make and if planned well can tell a good story. This has one of the main features of the Ag Ex Social Media in Agriculture project, where over 80 short videos have been produced with farming groups, NRM organisations and R&D organisations over the past 20 months.

  • INDIGENOUS LAND MANAGEMENT: Adrian Simpson, Eyre Peninsula Working on Country teams

    One of the ways to promote and increase cultural and spiritual connections with country is by assisting local aboriginal people to reconnect with country by providing both financial and technical assistance to labour hire organisations – such as Port Lincoln Aboriginal Community Council in Port Lincoln and Tjutjunaka Worka Tjuta Inc. in Ceduna – to undertake environmental management projects.


    “Restoring habitat for threatened plants on Kangaroo Island”. Over the past decade the Kangaroo Island Nationally Threatened Plant Project (KINTPP) has systematically addressed the challenges, to come up with solutions. This presentation looks at the methodologies and principles applied by the KINTPP in an effort to restore threatened plant habitat in the heavily fragmented landscape of eastern Kangaroo Island.


    “Adoption of biologically driven IPM – a success story in promoting sustainable farming practices” This presentation focuses on the greenhouse or protected cropping industry on the Northern Adelaide Plains which is composed of over 1,000 individual enterprises that are not organised within any industry structure and have no dedicated technical or other support. The challenge undertaken was to create an ‘adoptable alternative’ to ineffective and unsustainable pesticide use to control greenhouse pests amongst an industry group that was burdened by a range of unsustainable farming practices.


    Dr KatjaHogendoorn, University of Adelaide “Enhancing native bees for ecosystem services” Bees are important pollinators of both native plants and crops and feral honeybees are responsible for a large part of crop pollination in Australia. An incursion of the Varroa mite will decimate these services and lead to a pollination deficit of many pollination dependent fruit and vegetables.To pre-empt these foreseen effects, free pollination by native bees should be enhanced. Methods to achieve this include provision in the crop area of nesting opportunities and complementary nutrition for native pollinators.

  • BIODIVERSITY: Todd Berkinshaw, Greening Australia “Conservation Action Planning

    A Catalyst for Large-scale, Collaborative Landscape Projects in South Australia” In recent years, a number of high-profile, large-scale, collaborative landscape conservation initiatives have emerged across Australia. Nationally, these include projects such GondwanaLink, Great Eastern Ranges, Habitat 141 and the Tasmanian MidLands project. In South Australia, NatureLinks has provided the state-wide policy framework for the development of local landscape projects such as WildEyre and Living Flinders.The planning tool, Conservation Action Planning (CAP) developed by The Nature Conservancy, has been used here and in over a 1,000 projects worldwide.

More snapshots of speakers for the 2013 State Landcare Conference will be found on the website in the near future.