The NSW Forum was held in Armidale in February just after the devastating bushfires, during a time of extreme drought and before the COVID-19 pandemic changed our lives. Thinking back we were very fortunate to have been able to come together to share our experiences and to have a chat about the environmental challenges and opportunities we face in our day to day lives.

During the Tastes of NSW Forum webinar, we heard from three inspiring women who presented at the forum in Armidale and who are working with land holders and the community to better understand our catchments and riverine ecosystems in NSW. Louise Streeting (University of New England) shared the on-ground techniques being used to protect the threatened Bell’s Turtle, Jenny Weingott (Hunter Local Land Services) presented about a natural approach to bank stability in the Hunter estuary and Rebecca Mabbott (Macquarie University) presented her Masters research on the passive recovery of the Allyn River and the important role vegetation plays in our river systems.

Image: Louise Streeting (University of New England) talking about on-ground techniques being used to protect Bell’s Turtle nests from predation including the deployment of ‘Bunya’ the detection dog.

Thanks to Rebecca, Jenny and Lou for taking the time to present and share their knowledge and experience. A big thank you to the RBMS Digiteam who make our online webinars run smoothly.

At a time when some of us are connecting more and more via the web, it was wonderful to hear from you all and to share just a bit of what is occurring in NSW.

We are looking forward to hearing from you and sharing more online content over the coming months and I hope to see you out on the river sometime soon!

NSW Chapter Lead

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