The Bystanding to Action workshops run by Peter Rennie from Leadership Australia, and his partners in different regions of Australia, are recieving very positive feedback.
‘Let me thank you again for running a wonderful workshop, replete with insight, example and praxis. I enjoyed it immensely and found it stretched my thinking, strengthened my understanding and clarified my direction.’ Anthony Howard, CEO, The Confidere Group
‘I have come back to the workplace refreshed and re-invigorated thanks to the 2 days spent with you and Soren. I thoroughly enjoyed your approach to facilitation and have spent the first 45 minutes of this morning talking through the highlights with the HR team.’ Clare Dunnicliff, Executive Manager, Human Resources, Maitland City Council
The workshops focus on developing a ‘partnership mindset’ that enables you to take a greater interest in the organizations and social systems that impact on your life, and help you work with others in partnership, to take action, rather than trying to do this on your own. I encourage you to take a look at the new website that has the latest details of workshops, feedback from participants, and Peter talking about the main ideas and approaches shared through the workshop.
We all need to learn how to encourage ‘bystanders’ to take action, particularly in NRM, so take the time to check out what this course has to offer. I will be running the Canberra workshop with Peter in November so if you have any queries, please drop me a line.
Over the past few years I have been fortunate enough to be part of an Expert Panel providing advice to the Murray-Darling Basin Authority on a portfolio of work examining risks to managing water resources in the MDB. The Risk Assessment Section within MDBA’s Natural Resources Management Division has funded a suite of projects to investigate:
- risks driven by climate change (eg: drought, bushfire, salinity dynamics);
- risks relating to catchment processes (eg: forest hydrology, afforestation, invasive species, floodplain dynamics, land use); and
- risks arising from direct water interception and use (eg: current management arrangements).
I have read all the reports from this research invesment and the findings and knowledge gained from these projects are enlightening. We can now understand the likely impacts of these risks, the likelihood of their occurrence and their consequences. This should enable us to develop better management strategies for the future.
We have provided a brief summary of each of these reports and a hotlink through to the complete research final report, we hope you get a lot out of reading, distilling and applying this knowledge to your situation. We are also very happy to put more links into any other resources you think are useful for this topic, which ties in very well with the theme for the Australian Stream Management Conference 2012 of Managing for Extremes. Click here to go through to our new managing risks resources.
After just over two years of very intensive activity, the Hawkesbury-Nepean River Recovery Program (HNRRP) is coming to an end, having successfully delivered its intended outcomes on time and under budget. The ﬁnal edition of HNRRP e-news reﬂects on some of the major achievements from the seven HNRRP projects and celebrates the great work that has been done to improve the health of the Hawkesbury-Nepean catchment. The Hawkesbury-Nepean river system frames the western edge of the Sydney Basin and is one of New South Wales’ most important natural assets.
This week the Theiss International and National Riverprize winners were announced with the Sunshine Coast Rivers Initiative winning the domestic prize, and the Charles River Watershed, Boston (USA) winning the international prize. We are thrilled with these awards as both groups of people and their wonderful rivers are worthy winners.
We would also like to acknowledge the efforts of the runners up, Project Catalyst in Qld which has been doing great work with sugar cane growers to clean up their land and water management practices, and to the Mattole River, California (USA) and Melbourne Water for their work on the Yarra River which led them to be runners up for the International Prize. Well done to all. For more on the winners follow this link.
We hope to be working more with these groups in the future to encourage them to share their techniques, approaches and philosophies with others committed to river restoration. As one of the judges for the domestic Riverprize I feel this aspect of being a Riverprize winner is incredibly important, so stay in touch with the ARRC to hear more about our knowledge sharing ideas around this topic.