It’s a long way to the town of Borroloola on Yanyuwa Country from Southern Tasmania – a couple of planes, a night in Katherine, a 10-hour drive through the deep red and bright green Northern Territory landscape. We arrive to locals fishing for barramundi on the McArthur River, grass as high as our heads that’s shot up during the wet season, termite mounds scattered through the plains some with t-shirts and hats on. Remote Northern Australia is a pretty special place with never ending skies and a stillness that accompanies the vastness.
Now seems like a good time to reflect on the last year and the challenges that we have all faced with the COVID-19 pandemic and what this has meant for businesses, communities and society more broadly. We work with many groups within Australia and around the world and the global lockdown definitely created some hurdles; however, it also showed us how resilient and adaptive communities can be and are. The pandemic highlighted for us that work, connection, and a sense of community is not constrained to a specific place but functions across place and time.
Registrations are open for an online Conservation Standards: Healthy Country Planning workshop focusing on the diverse Liffey Valley, adjacent to the Tasmanian Wilderness WHA. The course will be held virtually using platforms such as Zoom and Google Classroom through 10 x 3 hours sessions.
The Conservation Measures Partnership (CMP) is a “partnership of conservation-oriented NGOs, government agencies, funders, and private businesses that work collectively to achieve greater impact. We seek better ways to design, manage, and measure the impacts of our conservation actions so that we can learn and improve our efforts and contribute our learning to the broader evidence base.” (https://www.conservationmeasures.org/)
Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation are working in partnership with local interest groups, adjoining residents, Djarra community members, and state and local government agencies to further connect people with nature and protect and improve biodiversity at two key sites over the next four years:
At the end of each year, we ask all staff to put forward organisations they think do great work to help communities manage the places that are important to them, to be considered for an annual gift.
We occupy an extremely fortunate space in conservation – we don’t rely directly on government or even philanthropic funds.
Conservation Management continues to seek out the best people who bring a variety of skills, experience, networks and perspectives to our team. We deliver tailored support for the organisations and communities we work with. This helps them to get the necessary resources and implement the right actions to improve the health of their landscapes.
This is the headline I don’t want to see - and to be clear, no-one is lost. Today. But I do want to generate some discussion amongst ranger teams around this possibility, and how to create organisational cultures that protects us from it. I want to take a moment to reflect on what it means to have a safety-first culture.