The Landcare Trust’s recent ‘Communities for Clean Water’ campaign successfully mobilised people all around the country in support of a ‘weekend-of-action’.
The campaign attracted plenty of attention, particularly from Rural Women New Zealand members, as highlighted by Barbara Stuart at our recent National Conference in Rotorua.
Barbara is NZ Landcare Trust’s Regional Coordinator for Nelson/Marlborough. After giving members a run down of the regional events that took place, she highlighted key aspects of the campaign which aimed to increase awareness of the practical opportunities people have to get involved in sustainability projects and also highlighted the real benefits this approach brings to improve waterways in New Zealand.
Barbara took the opportunity to link the campaign to the Trust’s project work, reinforcing our leadership role in community driven rural catchment management initiatives. Barbara has a great deal of experience working with farmers and landowners in the ‘Top of the South’, where a number of projects such as the Starborough/Flaxbourne, Sherry River and Aorere have gained national and international acclaim.
Speaking after the conference Barbara said “It was great to have a number of conference delegates approach me, congratulating me on the Trust’s work. Many people were already aware of what we are doing in their specific region but did not appreciate our national presence. “