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This year the Of­fice of En­vi­ron­ment and Her­itage (OEH) rocked up to part­ner with In­land Wa­ter­ways and Mid-mac­quarie Land­care to ex­plain the im­por­tance of Hol­lows for Habi­tat along with plenty of other mes­sages.

Just as In­land Wa­ter­ways has been re-snag­ging sec­tions of the Mac­quarie River to cre­ate homes for na­tive fish to shelter in pro­tec­tion while they breed, so too do many na­tive an­i­mals need pro­tec­tion in the form of hol­lows in trees – ei­ther nat­u­ral or man-made – to repli­cate ‘home’.

With the comp at­tract­ing more than 1500 an­glers this year, not to men­tion all the fam­ily and friends who also tagged along, this ed­u­ca­tion mes­sage is spread­ing.

So many com­ments I heard this year were about how the work of In­land Wa­ter­ways has made fish­ing like it used to be 40-50 years ago, when you could go down to the river and rea­son­ably ex­pect to catch a fish.

If that’s the im­prove­ment from a stand­ing start against plenty of en­trenched op­po­si­tion less than 10 years ago, I can’t wait to see what the next few decades will bring. seen just why this mes­sage is so im­por­tant to get across.

Did you know that 96 per cent of tradies go bust in the first 10 years?

Beau doesn’t want lo­cal tradies to be­come statis­tics, frus­trated, an­gry or even sick when think­ing about their fi­nan­cial state­ments – he wants them to open up and talk, to ask ques­tions about what they don’t know.

“I didn’t get to the top of my game with­out ask­ing ev­ery­one I could ques­tions about ev­ery­thing they could help me with,” Beau said.

“I think the hard­est thing is try­ing to reach out to peo­ple and see it’s not a sign of weak­ness – Aus­tralian men, blokes, don’t want to say they’re not over ev­ery as­pect of their busi­ness, they don’t want to be per­ceived as be­ing weak.”

Beau’s stag­ing a work­shop on April 16 at the Western Star Ho­tel from 6-8pm and din­ner will be pro­vided.

Perry’s dad Mark is urg­ing all lo­cal tradies to show up, he thinks the mes­sage will be of huge ben­e­fit.

“It’s tremen­dous,” Mark said. “Ev­ery lit­tle thing helps and to have some­one with a pro­file like Beau Robin­son run­ning this work­shop, how good’s that.”

Mark pointed out we’re a tradie town, a hard­work­ing town, so it would be great to at­tract all of those tradies to come along and listen to what Beau has to say.

“Those stats blow me away and un­til you’re told about it, un­til you recog­nise it, you just don’t know what a huge prob­lem it is.

“We’ve got to dis­cuss this range of is­sues and openly dis­cuss it now, not when it’s all too late,” he said.

Mark wishes that work­shop had been around for Perry to at­tend – he’s seen first-hand that many kids who go on to trades are so fo­cused on build­ing things that the book­work and ad­min­is­tra­tion takes a back­seat.

“Un­for­tu­nately, so­ci­ety’s like that, we don’t seem to iden­tify is­sues and prob­lems un­til we’re af­fected by them, or some­one we know is af­fected by them, and that’s one of those things,” Mark said.

“It takes me back to Perry. He loved school for sport and wood­work and he ended up be­ing a builder and he started his own com­pany, and this is my boy who didn’t like that book­work, didn’t like that aca­demic side of school, but he loved do­ing what he did as a builder. He was achiev­ing some­thing that he liked to do and he wanted to per­fect at that.

“To get there, just be­fore he died, he’d achieved his clerk of works. He’d come so far be­cause he was fo­cused on some­thing he loved do­ing.

“But we need to be mind­ful that any of th­ese is­sues can af­fect tradies,” he said.

Any­one wish­ing to at­tend can call Beau Robin­son on 0409 18 99 55, or email eve­lyn@ac­tion­coach. com

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News staff. Note: John Ryan is also a coun­cil­lor on Dubbo Re­gional Coun­cil, and is also a paid em­ployee with Land­care. He writes here in his ca­pac­ity as a jour­nal­ist.

Andy Mc­quie, Melissa Gray and Terry Koro­daj were shar­ing in­for­ma­tion about our re­gion’s nat­u­ral habi­tats at the Lake Bur­ren­dong Fish­ing Clas­sic.

For­mer Wal­laby and cur­rent Dubbo Roos coach Beau Robin­son was at the re­cent Tradies Break­fast, help­ing push the mes­sage that “It ain’t weak to speak”.

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