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Land conference a windfall for Murray region

Albury will host next year’s NSW Landcare and Local Land Services Conference, attracting up to 400 delegates from across the state to the region.

The biennial conference is the premier event to showcase the community-driven land management projects across NSW and the partnerships and volunteers that make them possible. The conference will also announce the recipients of the 2017 Landcare NSW Awards.

The 2017 conference will take place at the Albury Entertainment Centre from 25 to 27 October and is being coordinated by the Murray Landcare Collective in partnership Murray Local Land Services.

Murray Local Land Services Chair, Richard Bull, said he was looking forward to showcasing the region to the state’s Landcare community.

“We are in rare and fortunate position in this part of the world where our producer groups are a pivotal part of the Landcare network,” he said.

“This means that our farmers are actively involved in caring for and sustaining the land they manage, which, of course, leads to some fantastic outcomes both for them and the environment.”

Mr Bull said the NSW Landcare and Local Land Services Conference typically brought a financial windfall to the host region.

“We expect the 2017 conference in Albury to significantly boost the local economy as delegates stay, eat and drink in the city,” he said.

While many of the finer details are yet to be finalised, the conference will involve field trips, plenary and workshop sessions, and the awards ceremony.

Mr Bull said conference organisers were fortunate to have secured ABC Riverina radio identity Anne Delaney as the MC for the event.

“Anne is a wonderful advocate for the agricultural community of the region, and is passionate about Landcare, so she is the perfect choice for the role," he said.

For more information, contact Matt Lane, Communications, on 02 6051 2252