Dear CMN members. This is a short note to say farewell and to thank you for your commitment to caring for the native vegetation on your properties. After 12 years as CMN Coordinator I have decided to leave the position to put more time into running our family farm in Buckajo.
I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to hold workshops and field days in some of the most beautiful parts of the Bega Valley Shire and to work with a number of outstanding botanists, ecologists, scientists, environmental educators, contractors and dedicated agency staff. I cherish the friendships we’ve made along the way and the CMN members who have engaged in the network, by attending field days, reading newsletters, sharing knowledge, photos and land management stories, asking great questions, joining citizen science projects, coordinating with neighbours to have a bigger impact and welcoming us to visit their properties for field visits and workshops. Your quest for knowledge and care for this land and each other has been inspiring.
The CMN now supports around 600 private landholders across the Bega Valley Shire to manage their native vegetation through workshops, field days, newsletters, a website, a plant database, a Facebook page and by responding to landholder enquiries. A key focus has been on raising awareness about and caring for the remnant endangered ecological communities within the shire. Thank you to Justin Gouvernet and Don McPhee from the Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority for having the vision to establish the CMN and to Dan Williamson and Vickie Goldsmith for starting the network as the first coordinators.
I am pleased to be able to pass on coordination of the CMN to Jess Bettanin whom many of you will already know as the Far South Coast Landcare Coordinator. Jess will undertake both roles, supporting groups and private landholders. Jess already brings a wealth of experience to the role and I am confident that the network will be in good hands and look forward to seeing the CMN develop in her care into the future.