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					Everyone Welcome
                                            Bush Tucker &
  To a Biodiversity Day                      BBQ Lunch
        Hosted by
        “Wincott”
                                            Goondiwindi Program
                                                   Tuesday 19th June, 2007
         Sponsored by                      8.15 am Meet at Training and Technology Centre
  Exchange, Land and Water                         to register and board buses
 Australia, Greening Australia,            9.00    Arrive Boobera Lagoon - Welcome by
                                                   traditional people and Wincott
    Natural Heritage Trust,
                                           9.15    Walks & talks on bird identification, bird
               Co Hosts                            watching tips.
Queensland Murray Darling Committee Inc.           Identification of common trees, shrubs and
and Cotton Catchment Communities CRC               ground layer plants,
                                                   Guide to collecting specimens for ID.
                                           10.00   Principles of vegetation and habitat
                                                   management.
                                                   Management for healthy flora and fauna
                                                   communities.
                                           10.15   Morning Tea
                                           10.45   Hands on Biodiversity assessment and
                                                   monitoring techniques.
                                                   • Water quality
                                                   • Biodiversity
                                                   • Riparian health
                                           12.00   Management to enhance biodiversity and
                                                   production:
Function Details:                                  • Fire as a management tool
                                                   • Weed and pest management
Date: Tuesday 19 June 2007                         • Beneficial animals
Time: 8.15 am to 2.30pm                            • Fish management
Venue: Boobera Lagoon                      12.45   Bush food presentation & Lunch
        Goondiwindi                        1.45    Wrap up and Evaluations
Cost: $20                                  2.00    Board Buses to return to Goondiwindi
RSVP: Friday 15th June
       (for catering purposes)               What a great day out. Worthwhile information,
       Helen Dugdale/Kate Schwager         explanations and activities, in a lovely setting, with
       0417 064 507 0407665357                              friendly people.
                     02 67967243                    Wet weather plans are available
                                                                                    Wincott is an organisation that aims to
                                                                                    provide support, information and
                                                                                    resources to encourage understanding
                                                                                    of the cotton industry. The network
                                                                                    helps to attain skills and confidence . It
                                                                                    aims to provide an informed "voice" in
                                                                 the agricultural sector.

                                                                 Wincott provides information days, general interest field
Exchange is supported by the Australian Government’s             days and opportunities for skill building within the cotton
Natural Heritage Trust, and delivered by Greening Austra-        industry, and encourages the opportunities & benefits of
lia in partnership with Land & Water Australia.                  networking. Wincott membership is free due to the support
Exchange: National Vegetation Knowledge Service links            of the following sponsors.
vegetation and NRM practitioners to current research and
researchers, to deliver answers to regional vegetation
management questions.
Further information on Exchange can be obtained from
www.greeningaustralia.org.au or by emailing
exchange@greeningaustralia.org.au




                             Significance of Boobera Lagoon
                             According to local Aboriginal tradition, Boobera lagoon was formed by a creative spiritual force
                             known as Kurrea (pronounced Gur-rea) or Rainbow Serpent, a powerful and dangerous creature
                             who continues to reside in the Lagoon and who must be treated with care and respect.
                             The significance of Boobera Lagoon to Aboriginal people has been studied and documented by
                             people ranging from the region’s early European explorers to today’s archaeologists and cultural
                             scientists. These beliefs about Boobera Lagoon continue to be part of Aboriginal law and tradition
                             today. This is evident in the efforts of the Aboriginal communities to gain protection for the Lagoon
                             over many years.
                             The Lagoon remains an important place for young Aboriginal people and other Australians to learn
                             about Aboriginal spirituality, tradition, belief, customs and other aspects of traditional life. For these
                             reasons, a declaration of protection for Boobera Lagoon has been made under the Aboriginal and
                             Torres Strait islander Heritage Protection Act 1984. Under the declaration, watersking and the use
                             of boats powered by engines are prohibited.
                             This is in keeping with the wishes of local Aboriginal communities that Boobera Lagoon remains a
                             place of learning, spirituality and peacefulness for Aboriginal people and a resting place for Kurrea.
                             An Aboriginal burial ground located close to the Lagoon is also protected.
                             The Lagoon also has great environmental significance as a place of refuge for native wildlife. Al-
                             though other recreational activities are not prohibited the environmental protection and rehabilita-
                             tion of the surrounding area are also of great importance to the Aboriginal communities.


The Cotton Catchment                                           The Queensland Murray
Communities Coopera-                                           Darling Committee Inc.
tive Research Centre                                           (QMDC) is a non-
(Cotton CRC) is an Aus-                                        profit, regional natural
tralian Cotton Industry                                        resource management
lead research, education                                       organisation.
and commercialisation partnership that provides innova-        Working closely with
tive knowledge to stimulate economic, social and envi-         Landcare groups, QMDC
ronmental outcomes at farm, regional and national lev-         provides planning and
els.                                                           technical support to land managers and other stakeholders
                                                               such as local government and schools through local staff
The Cotton CRC aims to;                                        and contractors
• Develop internationally competitive cotton farming
                                                               Primarily, QMDC's provides a support system for sustain-
systems
                                                               able agriculture which delivers increased profit and environ-
• Best practice cotton enterprises delivering sustain-         mental outcomes across the landscape as well as recognis-
able ecosystems and reduced impacts on catchments              ing and value adding to current efforts made on farm to pro-
• Mutually beneficial interactions between industry and        tect community assets. Through this approach, we now
regional communities                                           have over 750 landholders voluntarily involved in undertak-
• High quality, consumer preferred cotton                      ing and implementing integrated and holistic plans covering
                                                               over three million hectares.
• Increased skills and knowledge of people

				
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