July 2018
Stories, News & Events from the District
Our Land Champions Series:
Jeff John - not your everyday farmer.
“We are caretakers of the land…”,
wise words from one of the region’s youngest farmers Jeff John. Jeff is not your everyday farmer, just twenty-seven years old he passionate about the challenge of farming Angus beef in a truly sustainable way. 

Jeff’s farming journey began in 2002 when he was just twelve years old. His father, following a dream purchased the 100 acre property in Karridale to raise beef cattle, (later increasing his land to 400 acres buying the neighbouring block). 

Future of Food in the AMR Shire Workshop
For those of you than weren't there, Lower Blackwood's Jo Wren (Executive Officer) & Tim Crimp (Committee Chair) gave an interesting presentation at last weeks workshop. Audience members were given a glimpse into who we & our partner Southern Dirt are, what we are doing and what we need to help farmers realise their future sustainable agriculture opportunities.

Want to see what Jo & Tim said - click on the presentation thumbnail to view the it.
Towards a Sustainable Lower Blackwood Region - A whole of landscape perspective
In 2017 the Lower Blackwood LCDC engaged consultants Associate Professor Laura Stocker & Dr Gary Burke to conduct an action research mapping project that would provide us with an overview of the past & current status the district and its community.

We are delighted to be able to share with you an e version of this fascinating report - available on now on our website or by clicking on the thumbnail of the report.
Looks beautiful but it's a weed!
Weedy wattles in the Lower Great Southern Region are having a devastating impact on many areas of natural vegetation.

Wattles are best controlled as seedlings when they are easy to hand-pull or spray with a herbicide.

Read more on how to control weedy wattles (Source: City of Bunbury)
Upcoming Events with Lower Blackwood LCDC
Demonstration Workshop: Planting Techniques for Riparian Revegetation Success
Rosa Glen

08/09/18 3:00pm - 08/09/18 5:00pm

There are still a couple of places left for this complimentary workshop so if you'd like to come along please RSVP below before August 9th.
Yes I'm interested
Workshop & Farm Visit: Feeding the Soil - A recipe for regenerative farming.
To be confirmed

08/23/18 2:00pm - 08/23/18 4:00pm

Expressions of Interest are invited for this informative workshop & site visit. More details to come soon.
Yes I'm interested
Other Events You Might Want to Attend
F ree Luncheon Seminar
Learn how to restore soil health and maximise farm profitability.

Where? August Hotel, 53 Blackwood Avenue, Augusta
When? Wednesday 15th August, 12.00pm to 3.00pm

Tree Health Talk
Join Murdoch Universities’ Dr Duccio Migliorini for insights into global research being conducted across the South West, including at Balingup’s Golden Valley Tree Park.

Where? The Golden Valley Tree Park, Ballingup
When? August 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Lambex 2018
celebrates all that is great about Australia’s sheep and lamb industries, featuring a compelling program with outstanding speakers and an opportunity to network with all sectors of the lamb value chain
Where? Perth WA
When? AUGUST 5th to 7th

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