1 December 2022

Goulburn forum looks towards a greener future

| Zoe Cartwright
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award-winning director and writer Damon Gameau

K2W Link has organised a range of speakers for the event, including award-winning director and writer Damon Gameau. Photo: Supplied.

It’s been a tough three years for NSW, with fires, floods and mouse plagues following a record-breaking drought.

It’s easy to feel disempowered in the face of climate catastrophes.

But if you’d like to be inspired by innovators for a greener future, head to the Goulburn Performing Arts Centre on Tuesday 6 December.

The event is hosted by the Kanangra-Boyd to Wyangala (K2W) Link partnership, a collection of local landholders, communities and organisations who have worked since 2012 to reconnect wildlife and natural resources across the landscape between the Greater Blue Mountains and Wyangala Dam.

At the K2W Links annual forum, experts will present their unique approaches to regenerating Australia.

They have ideas for businesses, organisations and government, and ways we can work together as a community to create meaningful change.

This year’s keynote speaker is Australian director, writer and presenter Damon Gameau.

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Damon’s most recent project, Regenerating Australia, launched in March 2022.

The documentary is set in a hypothetical newsroom in 2030 looking back at the previous decade of change towards a cleaner, greener future.

Damon’s other films include the award-winning That Sugar Film and 2040.

He is joined by academics, regenerative agriculture champions, First Nations people, ecologists, developers and leaders in technical design and landscape restoration, and more.

Speakers will explore topics on this year’s theme of ‘Regenerating country, culture and communities in the Great Eastern Ranges, K2W Link’.

The programming also features examples of new technologies, the arts and access to environmental markets.

K2W Link coordinator Mary Bonet hopes the forum will improve awareness of environmental solutions, in the face of climate catastrophes.

“This forum is about bringing people together, and we hope it will inspire and motivate groups and people within the region,” she said.

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“As a community, we share our landscapes, face the same challenges, and it is through community-led conservation and a shared vision that we can improve our planet.

“There are many people who are making significant contributions to develop projects and solutions to restore the country and shift the conversation towards protecting the Earth’s resources for a better future for all.

“We have invited some of the best minds from around the region, and the country to share their solutions.”

The K2W Link forms part of the Great Eastern Ranges Initiative, one of the world’s largest conservation projects, that spans 3600 km from the Grampians in Victoria to Far North Queensland.

The Great Eastern Ranges will sponsor the event with funds from the Australian and NSW Government’s Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund and the World Wide Fund for Nature Australia.

Tickets are available here.

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