Landcare conference has a healthy theme

ELBOW Valley cattleman Andrew O'Dea is urging Southern Downs landholders to take advantage of Warwick playing host to the 2013 Queensland Landcare Conference this September.

Mr O'Dea, who is also president of the Condamine Headwaters Landcare Group, said the conference offered locals a rare opportunity to hear nationally and international experts on sustainability and food production on their home ground.

Boasting the theme Healthy Habitats, Profitable Production, the event would cover everything from habitat protection to precision agriculture and has been designed with local land management in mind. "While we have tried to ensure that the topics covered in the program have a broad appeal, we particularly wanted to concentrate on issues that the local community and landholders are being faced with," Mr O'Dea said.

"In most cases these are also the same challenges being faced by many regional communities across Queensland."

There will be seven keynote speakers during the conference, which runs from September 27-29.

"One of our keynote speakers Julian Cribb, author of The Coming Famine, will speak about our ability to meet humanity's food demands," Mr O'Dea said.

"Mr Cribb is a renowned speaker and this is an issue that hits close to home as landholders are working to address changing weather patterns, rising production costs and the need to make our enterprises more sustainable."

Day one will look at activities Landcare groups are undertaking, including flood recovery, weed control and community gardens.

The second day is about building resilience, research and technology and how this can be adapted and applied.

The final day is future-focused, examining the role we play in shaping our environment.

Early bird registration is $325. For more details http://www.headwaters.ddrlandcare.org or contact CHLG 4661 9909 or email headwaters@ddrlandcare.org



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