New Project Coordinator for Southland

(Published on 3rd October 2017)

The NZ Landcare Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Thorne to the role of part time Project Coordinator, to support the farmer driven catchments project in Southland.  Sarah is due to take up the role mid-October.

South Island Team Leader Janet Gregory said, “Sarah brings important skills and experience to the role with excellent organisation and project management, networking and communication skills.”

“Sarah’s knowledge of weed and pest management and biodiversity enhancement along with her public awareness work will be of value to catchment groups going forward,” Janet added.

Previously Sarah spent 4 years working for DOC in the Waituna Working Group. This involved working closely with Environment Southland, Southland District Council, Ngai Tahu, Dairy NZ, and the Living Waters team (DOC-Fonterra Partnership). It has also involved working alongside farmers and stakeholders on practical initiatives and to improve communication, share information, and to enhance how people work together.

Sarah says she is enthusiastic about the new role and looks forward to meeting catchment representatives and assisting them to improve relationships across the wider community.

The farmer driven catchments project in Southland is led by NZ Landcare Trust with funding support from the Ministry of Primary Industries Sustainable Farming Fund with additional funding from B+LNZ, Deer Industry NZ, Southland Branch of Deer Farmers Association and Environment Southland with extra support from Dairy NZ and catchment farmers.

The project will run for 3 years with the key focus of supporting and coordinating the catchment group forum and catchment groups where required. Other tasks in the first year include facilitating a collaborative catchment management workshop; supporting and promoting the adoption of good management practices; supporting the implementation of farm environment plans once agreement is reached with ES; working closely with sector groups to promote the good management that farmers are undertaking to improve water quality; and developing a programme for project partners and farmers to build understanding of implications of plans on different farming systems.

The project will also involve working closely with rural professionals  to identify where they can provide extra support for catchment groups.


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