Spring Session – Biodiversity on your Bushblock

Your bushblock can be a wildlife haven with Miles Geldard of Wildlife Nestboxes


Upper Campaspe Landcare Network is proud and excited to bring you the final WEBINAR session in our three part series – Biodiversity for your Bush Block.

Please join us ONLINE as Miles Geldard from Wildlife Nestboxes talks about ways to enhance and protect the existing wildlife habitat you have on your land and how you can encourage more animals to live beside you – through well designed and installed habitat boxes.

About Miles

Miles Geldard has been making habitat boxes for native wildlife for nearly 20 years. He lives amongst the box ironbark forests in Castlemaine, Victoria – amongst a high diversity of hollow dependent fauna, some of which are on the threatened species list.

It is generally understood that species decline is primarily driven by habitat loss. Installation of a nest box immediately helps our native fauna by giving them somewhere to live. The habitat boxes Miles creates are designed from peer reviewed ecological research and extensive field trials. They are built to last and constructed from quality local sustainable materials.

Due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to substitute our original presentation. We have been remarkably lucky to secure such an amazing presenter at such short notice and we hope that you will appreciate Miles’ presentation as much as we do!

These workshops are being delivered with the support of Macedon Ranges Shire Council.

Spring Sessions

Climate Change and the horse property – what you can do to reduce your impact and increase the resilience of your horse property? with Annemaree Docking

Upper Campaspe Landcare Network is proud and excited to bring you this two part WEBINAR series – Climate Change and the Horse Property with Annemaree Docking of Plan it Rural.

Join Annemaree over two consecutive Saturday’s from 11am on the 3rd and 10th October ONLINE via ZOOM as she delves into the steps you can take to create resilience on your horse property.

During her two WEBINARS and through the conversations that follow, Annemaree will discuss:

  • Methane production and manure management
  • Soil management to retain carbon, soil structure and increase productivity
  • Carbon stocks, vegetation sinks and biodiversity management
  • Efficiency of farm operations and reducing dependency on external inputs
  • Choosing and maintaining farm equipment, and
  • Property design for an effective, functional system

A little about Annemaree

Raised in suburban Melbourne Annemaree moved to Central Victoria when she was 17 years old where she studied agriculture at University of Melbourne’s Dookie Agricultural College.

Annemaree has worked on a range of farming enterprises across Victoria and New South Wales for over a decade, including Thoroughbred studs, irrigated dairy farms, beef and lamb production, merino fine wool, vineyards and orchards. This was then followed by a 15 year government career in economic development, agriculture and environmental roles whilst continuing to develop her own farm. Throughout this time, Annemaree has continued in her first love – her horses, breed and riding her Clydesdale Sporthorses for over 20 years.

She is currently self-employed on her own property, Dalhousie Farm in Willowmavin, which is a co-farming endeavour producing eggs, beef, veggies, honey, olive oil and providing horse agistment. Her consultancy, Plan-it Rural, offers on farm support to land holders as well as conducting research and policy development. Annemaree is currently completing her PhD via an industry partnership with Deakin University and the City of Whittlesea, considering the research topic “Regenerative Agriculture and its potential for enhancing climate resilience through its implementation in the peri-urban space”.

These workshops are being delivered with the support of Macedon Ranges Shire Council.

Spring Sessions – Carbon Farming with Louisa Kiely

Join the Director of Carbon Farmers of Australia, Louisa Kiely LIVE and ONLINE from 11am Thursday 24 September as she discusses carbon farming & what it means for you!

A model of the ‘ideal’ farm of the future – Carbon Farmers of Australia

Upper Campaspe Landcare Network is proud and excited to bring you this amazing three part WEBINAR series – Carbon Farming with Louisa Kiely.

Please join us ONLINE as Agricultural Economist and Farm Manager Louisa Kiely explains the science and methodologies behind Carbon Farming – the practices reducing emissions in production processes, while increasing production and sequestering carbon in the landscape.

Over three consecutive Thursday’s starting 24 September, Louisa will explore how you can reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions from your property and capture and hold carbon in your vegetation and soils. During these Spring Sessions she will discuss how Carbon Farming can help you with managing land, water, plants and animals to meet the Triple Challenge of Landscape Restoration, Climate Change and Food Security.

Louisa will delve into the different forms of Carbon Farming, ranging from a single change in land management, such as introducing no-till cultivation or grazing management, to a whole-of-farm integrated plan which maximises carbon capture and emissions reduction.

Louisa Kiely

A little bit about Louisa

Louisa obtained her Bachelor of Agricultural Economics from the University of New England. Intent on following her first choice of career, she studied for the Advance Diploma of Farm Management at Sydney University (Orange), trained in Holistic Management, and since 1998 she has been a woolgrower in the Wellington NSW district.

She was selected by the Central Western Catchment Management Authority as one of 10 highly innovative landholders in the Catchment, to be trained in farm planning and soil restoration. Through this training she and husband Michael became convinced that soil carbon could solve many agricultural, environmental, and climate change problems.

She co-founded the Carbon Coalition Against Global Warming in February 2006 to lobby for the right of Australian landholders to trade on the emissions offset market the credits they can earn by sequestering carbon in their soils. They have since travelled throughout Australia and the United States meeting scientists and farmers and spreading the word about “Carbon Farming”.

Seeking to build bridges with the scientific community, she organised two Soil C Summits between Scientists and Farmers, in Dubbo and Orange NSW. She organised and ran the world’s first Carbon Farming Expo & Conference in Mudgee in November 2007 and the second and third in Orange in 2008, 2009 with delegates from every State in Australia and NZ. 2011 marks the 5th annual Carbon farming conference and Expo, which is now incorporated into Carbon Farming Week, and includes the Festival of Fertiliser Day.

She was invited to be a delegate at a Climate Change and Conservation Farming Conference in LaFayette, Indiana, organised by the UN Food & Agriculture Organisation. She was also a delegate at the National Carbon Offset Coalition Conference in Boezman, Montana. She is co-founder of Carbon Farmers of Australia – a trading arm of the Carbon Coalition. It has also published the world’s first Carbon Farming Handbook.

She has developed the “CarbonCredited™” brand for wool and is currently recruiting woolgrowers into this emissions reduction program. Louisa has been recognized for her work by being chosen as runner up in the 2008 NSW Rural Woman of the Year. She has also sat on the Regional Development Australia Committee – Orana Region. This intergovernmental committee has been set up to ensure the future strength and development in Rural and Regional Australia. In 2011, she has established the Carbon Farming and Trading Association, in order to be able to represent farmers in the new carbon trading environments.

As director of Carbon Farmers of Australia, she was a part of a consortium of three companies which developed the first Soil Carbon Methodology submitted to the Carbon farming Initiative process. Carbon farmers of Australia also offers farm ready training in Carbon Farming and Trading.

For more information, or for help with online bookings via Eventbrite, please email ucln@uppercampaspelandcare.org.au or call UCLN Facilitator, Rebekah on 0432 491 789.

These workshops are being delivered with the support of Macedon Ranges Shire Council.