Speech: Hastings Landcare Plowman’s Picnic

It was my pleasure on Sunday to attend the Hastings Landcare Plowman’s Picnic. We were hosted by John and Grace Eggert at their beautiful farm at Beechwood. The 2015 local landcare champions were announced and we unveiled the Yeomans picnic plow.

The Hastings local landcare champions this year are Camden Haven landcare’s Richard Cullen and Mid North Coast Microherders’ Jeremy Bradley, whose partnership with the Port Macquarie Landcare Group and Port Macquarie council was also celebrated.

Richard Cullen is a dedicated landcarer with 25 years contribution to the Camden Haven Landcare Group. His many achievements are well known. They include bush and riparian restoration, restoration of the Kendall historic walk and precinct, and integration of landcare with schools. Peter Michael and Julie and Steve Ho from the Port Macquarie Landcare Group were there as well.

Jeremy Bradley, a self-confessed ‘extreme carbon farmer’ from my own region of Beechwood and Wauchope, was there because of his sustainable farming practices and his education. The National Parks Association and Hastings Landcare really have the runs on the board for thinking globally by acting locally.

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