Do you collect or supply native seed for restoration of Box-gum Grassy Woodlands, or know someone who does?
Seed collectors who work in the Box-Gum Grassy Woodland distribution area in NSW, Vic and Qld and who collect seed for the restoration of Box-Gum Grassy Woodland habitat are eligible to apply for a limited number of Florabank Professional Development Training places.
Box-gum Grassy Woodland is officially recognised as an Endangered Ecological Community. The Communities in Landscapes project and its partners including Greening Australia's Florabank are working to improve restoration outcomes for Box-Gum Grassy Woodlands. This project is supported by Landcare NSW through funding from the Australian Government's Caring for Our Country.
Florabank Professional Development Training is designed for seed collectors who already have some experience. It provides information to improve collection methods and results and is based on the latest science and best industry practice. To date nearly 150 people across Australia have completed this training and 97% report they have changed their workplace practices as a result of this course. Even people who have been collecting seed for 15 years have found it valuable.
This 4-day accredited training course normally costs $1,500 per person. Thanks to the Communities in Landscapes Project, places in three NSW courses in 2010 were available to eligible seed collectors for just $100. These subsidised places were allocated using the following prioritised criteria:
1. People who collect seed in the Lachlan, Murrumbidgee or Central West NRM regions (or for relevant projects in these three target catchments)
2. People who collect seed in other NRM regions in NSW, Victoria and Queensland where Box-Gum Grassy Woodlands occur
3. People who work with native plant species and carry out restoration in the Lachlan, Murrumbidgee or Central West catchments (NRM regions) and want to improve their skills in seed collection (preferably people in this category have previously done a basic seed collecting course, have equivalent informal experience, or are NRM professionals). Note that the Communities in Landscapes project will also be running basic seed collection courses for community groups during 2010 and 2011. If you are in category 3, check which course will best meet your needs.
For more information and application forms for Florabank Training with Communities in Landscapes, please contact your local representative:
Community Woodlands Officer (Central West)
phone: (02) 6391 3902
mobile: 0457 953 779
Community Woodlands Officer (Murrumbidgee)
phone: (02) 6925 7718, mobile: 0457953777
Project Officer, Industry & Investments
phone: (02) 6391 3885, mobile:0427 259 691
If you're interested in Florabank training but don't meet the criteria for these subsidised Florabank Professional Development Training Courses, you can go on the Florabank mailing list to be informed of future Florabank training opportunities. Contact Florabank. Find out more about Greening Australia's Florabank, by visiting the Florabank website www.florabank.org.au.