Update from Canberra

We will be posting letters to government ministers, officials and bureaucrats so that those of you who are interested in seeing NSF taken seriously by those in command of our country's future, can see our efforts in that pursuit.
We will also post any replies or reactions we get.

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Update from Canberra

Post by duane » Sat Nov 15, 2008 2:54 pm

Last friday Peter and a group of his supporters meet with senior level bureaucrats and top scientists in Canberra for a round table discussion on NSF.
Those attending were:

David Borthwick – Secreatry,Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA) - Chair
Mark Lonsdale – Commonwealth Scientific, Industrial and Research Organisation (CSIRO) - Entomology
Richard Bush – Southern Cross University
John Williams – Natural Resources Commission, New South Wales
Pam Green – Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority
David Freudenberger – Greening Australia
Andrew Brooks – Griffith University
David Lindenmayer – Australian National University
Ted Lefroy – University of Tasmania
Peter Andrews – Natural Sequence Farming Association (NSFA)
Duane Norris - NSFA
Bill Saunders - NSFA
David Mitchell – Charles Sturt University
Ian Thompson – Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF)
Rod Shaw – DAFF
Kimberly Green – DAFF
Peter Baker – Bureau of Rural Sciences (BRS)
Jane Stewart - BRS
Charlie Zammit – DEWHA
Chris Schweizer – DEWHA
Carey Robinson – DEWHA
Tanja Cvijanovic – Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
Angela McDonald - Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet

Here is my take from fridays meeting in Canberra with the scientists and bureaucrats:
I think they now see Peter and his ideas as credible....
No one seriously challenged Peter ideas although there where questions about weeds and water but all were answered by Peter and the team.
I think they saw Peter and his team as also being positive.
The consensus was we should give nsf a serious go.
The nsf genie is clearly out of the bottle and we should work in partnership with it to see its done properly and in accord with Peter's ideas.
E & T were central as were demo sites across arange of regions .
Ian Thompson was delegated the role as contact and go-between within DEWHA and DAFF.

All in all a very positive step, bought about by the previous GG and Head of the Dept of PMC, Terry Moran.

It remains we have much hard work to do to build our team further and establish partnerships but we will make it happen.


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Post by Nick » Mon Feb 16, 2009 12:46 pm

Great to hear. Hopefully this government will start to take conservation farming practice seriously. NSF, keyline, broadacre permaculture, carbon farming, pasture cropping etc etc

Good work people

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Post by duane » Mon Feb 16, 2009 4:10 pm

Governments dont want to see any of these groups as mainstream.

Wlilst we are fractured and epicentric they will pick us off with 'snipers'.

'To win the war' we need a collective army all under a common banner...the COE....


Like Braveheart, its the only chance for us to win 'the war....'

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Post by Angela Helleren » Sun Feb 22, 2009 6:35 am


Has anyone from the meeting taken the time to visit a NSF site?

If not, keep at them...the squeeky wheel gets the oil and in light of recent fires and floods there's no better time to remind them of the solutions Peter has to offer.

Cheers Angie
Many hands make light work.
Unfortunately, too many hands stirring anti clockwise, has spoiled mother natures recipe.
Back to basics.

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