Community update 2020 | Landholders Driving Change

Don’t miss the LDC community update

LOCK in 18 September and join us on a bus tour of properties showcasing LDC’s achievements. It’s an opportunity to talk with landholders, scientists and industry experts. At the end of the day we’ll enjoy dinner in Collinsville.

The details are still being ironed out, but you can expect an invitation to this event to drop into your inbox shortly. Please RSVP by 4 Sepember, either by email to: ldc@nqdrytropics.com.au or by telling an LDC field officer that you would like to attend.

Walking onto the Mt Pleasant demonstration and learning hub site during last year’s bus tour, a fenced 220ha production paddock located between the Bowen Developmental Road and the Collinsville railway line.

Delicious and beautiful sweets table. Last year’s event was catered by the Pit Pony Tavern, Collinsville.

NQ Dry Tropics’ Rod Kerr and Jamie Gordon, Mt Pleasant, listen to proceedings during the 2019 dinner.

 

The community update will consist of two parts — a bus tour of properties showcasing LDC’s achievements followed by a dinner and entertainment, dubbed ‘Beef, Buckles and Boots’ at the Collinsville-Scottville Workers Club in Railway Road.

It is expected that a bus will leave Collinsville at 8.30am and return at 5pm. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet and mingle with industry and science representatives who will deliver presentations on their involvement with the project during the bus trip.

The Beef, Buckles and Boots dinner event will be held from 5.30pm-11pm in Collinsville.

The guest speaker at the dinner will be rural journalist and Landline host, Pip Courtney.

Photography competition winners will also be announced. Attendees get a chance to vote for their favourite photo for the People’s Choice award.

There’s only one week left until the photography competition closes so hurry and submit your entries via the LDC website here.

This will be the third annual community event held to showcase LDC’s achievements. 

Children are welcome.

Look back on last year’s event here, and the entries in the 2019 LDC Photography Competition here.

Glenn Dale, of ecological engineeering firm Verterra, a principal partner on the Mt Wickham landscape remediation project, provides an overview of the design and works on-ground during the 2019 bus tour.

Participants disembark at the Glen Bowen project site during last year’s tour, a large scale gully remediation project.

THE LDC MODEL

DOING THINGS DIFFERENTLY
AND GETTING RESULTS

NQ Dry Tropics’ Landholders Driving Change project is trialling a new way to deliver a suite of interventions and management efforts to improve water quality and long-term sustainable land management in the BBB.

For the first time, a project at this scale is working with a whole community to achieve long-term economic, social and environmental benefits.

Graziers have been involved from the start and they helped develop the project design. LDC combines graziers’ knowledge with the latest scientific research, trialling and developing solutions to remove the social, financial and technical barriers to practice change.

A project panel, of which 50 per cent is made up by graziers, advises and oversees the LDC action plan. It’s role is to make sure the project remains focused on land remediation and management activities relevant to graziers. 

And because land management and tackling erosion isn’t just an issue for graziers, the LDC project is working with all land managers in the BBB, including mines, utilities and government departments. It is also working alongside and supporting other local projects.

  • Grassroots design developed by locals for local needs.
  • Community-led co-governance model.
  • Strong delivery framework (process, partnerships, capacity).
  • Strong partnerships between community, scientists, government and industry.
  • Unprecedented levels of interest, engagement and participation by all land managers (grazing, local government, mining, infrastructure and utility organisations).
  • A mix of activities that works and is delivering results.
  • Integration with other initiatives and services.
  • Sophisticated monitoring and evaluation framework.
  • Explicit focus on transferability and scalability. An increasing sense of community responsibility for good land stewardship.
  • Trust
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