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To show our appreciation of our wonderful volunteers CHRL is inviting you to attend an enjoyable afternoon listening to interesting guest speakers and fellow volunteer’s Landcaring experiences. It will also be an opportunity to network with your fellow volunteers. Stay on for a celebration dinner for a small cost. Dinner is catered for and is BYO Alcohol. Please select the correct ticket option when registering. The afternoon session is free for anyone to attend. The dinner is for CHRL members, their partners, and invited guests.

Ticket type:

Afternoon session only: Please register via this ticket if you will only be attending the afternoon session and not the dinner.

Member Afternoon Session + Dinner: Please register via this ticket if you are a current CHRL financial member and will be attending both the Afternoon Session & the dinner. Cost is $11.50 (incl. booking fee). Payment is to be made using a credit card when registering.

Non-member Afternoon Session & Dinner: This ticket is for non-member partners of CHRL members who would like to attend the Afternoon Session as well as the Dinner. Cost is $21.50 (incl. booking fee).

Guest speakers:

Andrew Turbill – How Australia gave song to the world: Gondwana Origin of Songbirds

If you were to stick your head out the window and listen to your local birds on any day of the year, chances are you'll be hearing the voices of birds whose ancestors evolved from ancient Gondwanan rainforests. Rainforests who themselves have an evolutionary story that can be traced back to a time when Australia was still joined to a forested, ice-free Antarctica. In this sweeping presentation, Andrew Turbill will do his utmost to unpack the epic story of the Gondwanan origin of songbirds in Australia and how we ought to be proud of those voices out the window. Andrew is a local environmental educator and wildlife naturalist with a professional background in conservation science. One of his greatest passions is birds and he has an extensive knowledge of bird ecology including studying bird language. Andrew will present to us the fascinating story of the Gondwana Origin of Songbirds.

Brett Vercoe - Rewilding Narlu

Brett & Lisa Vercoe have been working hard over the past few years to rewild an ex dairy farm out in the Orara Valley. Brett will share with us their vision for Narlu and their achievements so far in restoring Lowland rainforest and koala habitat to create a functioning natural ecosystem.

Kristin den Exter – Landcare - A Sense of Belonging

Kristin is involved in all levels of Landcare from National to grassroots. Kristin has been working with communities, governments, universities, and the corporate sector for the past 20 years to bring together stakeholder knowledge for the benefit of all. Crossing the boundaries from ecosystem restoration to human centred design, Kristin is as comfortable getting her hands dirty as she is facilitating, using creative approaches for knowledge sharing and knowledge creation.

In addition to her facilitation practice, Kristin has current roles as an Adjunct Professional Fellow (Engagement) with Southern Cross University, and as the Partnerships Manager for the National Landcare Network, the peak body representing Community Landcare across Australia. Kristin has been Landcaring on the riverbanks of Lismore with Wilsons River Landcare Group since 1993.She is currently the acting CEO of the National Landcare Network as well as a long serving member of Wilsons River Landcare Group in Lismore. Kristin will share with us her wide ranging experiences with Landcare and why she thinks Landcare provides a sense of belonging for those that participate.


Afternoon Session



Welcome to Country- Aunty Yvette Pacey, Gumbangaii Elder


Guest speaker - Andrew Turbill: Gondwana Origin of Songbirds


CHRL volunteer’s Landcaring experiences


Afternoon break and 25 years of CHRLcake cutting


Guest speaker - Brett Vercoe: Rewilding Narlu.


CHRL volunteer’s Landcaring experiences


Afternoon session ends



Guest speaker Kristin den Exter, CEO (acting) National Landcare Network: Landcare - A Sense of Belonging

Refund Policy

Refunds up to 7 days before the event, Due to our commitments to the caterer of the dinner refunds will only be made if cancellation occurs 7 days or more before the event.

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Cavanbah Centre

191 Harbour Drive Coffs Harbour NSW 2450, Australia

Organiser Information

Mel Craig
Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare

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