National Landcare Network staff and directors felt the warm hospitality of partners Mulloon Institute on a cold winter day visiting the Mulloon Rehydration Initiative.
The initiative has been designed as a model to be scaled up and rolled out across the country and the Landcare movement are excited to partner with this vision.
It was a pleasure to see firsthand the impact of the catchment-scale rehydration project and to be inspired by the passion of Mulloon directors and key staff members.
Pictured below, from left: Tam Connor, Education Coordinator; Maxine Cooper, NLN Director; Jess Dickson, NLN EO; Kathy Kell, Mulloon Institute COO; Carolyn Hall, Mulloon Institute CEO and MD; Kerry Olssen, NLN Policy Officer; Jim Adams, NLN CEO; Gary Nairn, Mulloon Institute Chair; and Peter Hazell, Principal Landscape Planner.
Late last year, the National Landcare Network signed a Memorandum of Understanding, with leading agricultural research, education and advocacy organisation, the Mulloon Institute to deliver Catchment Scale Restoration and Rehydration Pilots across the country.
The National Landcare Network and the Mulloon Institute will work together to identify potential catchment partners in conjunction with the relevant State and Territory Landcare Organisations.
The collaboration will identify local and regional Landcare capacity for pilot catchment projects and engage the relevant grassroots Landcare communities in the establishment of large-scale catchment models in each state of Australia with multiple landholders.
The partnership announcement was enthusiastically received by Landcare members from across the State and Territory organisations.
As Carolyn Hall, Mulloon Institute CEO and MD, says so eloquently in the video below:
"Landscape rehydration at the catchment scale is a social process. It brings communities together. It empowers them into a action to create change that makes their environment, makes their futures safer, and more resilient to climate change,
The Mulloon Institute works with communities around Australia to restore and rehydrate catchments at the landscape scale. By better managing surface and groundwater, by rebuilding floodplains and by rebuilding catchments, the Institute's work is bringing back the processes that once operated in the Australian landscape.
For more information: https://themullooninstitute.org