20th sem­i­nar goes ‘back to the fu­ture’

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An an­nual Wim­mera Bio­di­ver­sity Sem­i­nar in Hor­sham Town Hall next month will cel­e­brate the event’s 20th an­niver­sary with a ‘Back to the Fu­ture’ theme.

It will be the first time the event will be in Hor­sham, but a tra­di­tion of run­ning the event on the first Thurs­day of spring will con­tinue.

Sem­i­nar com­mit­tee mem­ber La Vergne Lehmann said or­gan­is­ers were ex­cited to cel­e­brate 20 years of an iconic Wim­mera event.

“There have been so many peo­ple in­volved in putting this event to­gether over many years,” she said.

“To know that it is still run­ning and is more rel­e­vant than ever is a trib­ute to the hard work put into de­vel­op­ing a great pro­gram ev­ery year.”

In re­flect­ing on the past, there will be pre­sen­ta­tions on wa­ter-sav­ing out­comes of the Wim­mera-mallee Pipe­line and the role of the Vic­to­rian Na­tional Parks As­so­ci­a­tion in the es­tab­lish­ment of Lit­tle Desert Na­tional Park.

There will also be pre­sen­ta­tions on the im­pact of large bi­olink projects, in­volv­ing the plant­ing of thou­sands of trees in the past 20 years, on bio­di­ver­sity and the en­vi­ron­ment.

Speak­ers at the sem­i­nar will dis­cuss what the fu­ture holds in re­la­tion to bio­di­ver­sity.

They in­clude Amanda Garner from newly formed Aus­tralian Na­tive Foods and Botan­i­cals, NFAB, an in­dus­try group that aims to work with tra­di­tional own­ers and farm­ers to de­velop a vi­able na­tive food and pro­duce sec­tor – link­ing bio­di­ver­sity with eco­nomic devel­op­ment.

Tech­nol­ogy of the fu­ture will fea­ture in a Belinda Cant pre­sen­ta­tion on the use of mod­ern Li­dar tech­nol­ogy to im­prove Mallee Fowl Mound iden­ti­fi­ca­tion in Lit­tle Desert Na­tional Park.

Aus­tralian Farm­ers for Cli­mate Ac­tion is an­other new group look­ing into the fu­ture and the im­pact of cli­mate change.

De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­ment, Land, Wa­ter and Plan­ning rep­re­sen­ta­tive Pauline Ru­dolph said the re­gion had seen un­prece­dented changes in the past 20 years. “These in­clude from species we thought no longer ex­isted through to the im­pact of fire,” she said.

“If there is one thing we know, the next 20 years will also pro­vide us with many chal­lenges as we nav­i­gate through cli­mate change to bet­ter un­der­stand the value of bio­di­ver­sity.”

The tra­di­tional sem­i­nar tour will be in the af­ter­noon of the Septem­ber 7 event and fea­ture a visit to West Wail Flora and Fauna Re­serve, which has unique threat­ened species and in­dige­nous cul­tural trees.

Evening ac­tiv­i­ties will in­clude re­flec­tions from a panel of peo­ple in­volved in the event for more than 20 years, be­fore a din­ner and then a per­for­mance by renowned singer-song­writer Neil Mur­ray.

Wim­mera Catch­ment Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity, Bank Aus­tralia and DELWP are sup­port­ing this year’s sem­i­nar.

Or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee rep­re­sen­ta­tives are also from GWM Wa­ter, Trust for Na­ture, Barengi Gad­jin Land Coun­cil, Parks Vic­to­ria and Grampians Cen­tral West Waste and Re­source Re­cov­ery Group.

Sem­i­nar tick­ets are $99 for the whole event, $65 for a day ses­sion, $60 for an evening ses­sion with din­ner and $30 for the af­ter-din­ner Neil Mur­ray con­cert.

Tick­ets are avail­able on­line at the Hor­sham Town Hall web­site www. hor­sham­town­hall.com.au.

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