After being stuck in social isolation, Sharon Cunial said she is looking forward to be out and about in nature after undertaking a new role as the Regional Landcare Coordinator.
Ms Cunial said the NSW Landcare Program is a partnership between NSW Landcare and the Local Land Services and will work closely with the Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator Liz Davies.
"I've been enjoying working remotely so far because we've been able to create online content for local landholders," she said.
"The role is quite social and requires a lot of face-to-face communication about issues across the region but we have been able to adapt online and it has made it easier to be able to reach out to people."
Ms Cunial is one of 12 new Regional Landcare Coordinators in the state and will support regional approaches to priority planning, collaboration, organisation and the capacity for Landcare in their regions to participate more effectively in larger scale opportunities.
"Within the next four years as part of the program, I plan to deliver projects to provide support for committees and enhance technical skills for landholders," she said.
"We are still in the planning phase but I'm excited to be able to expand training opportunities for people in person and online."
Ms Cunial also said one of the key objectives of the role is build the resources and capacity of Landcare across the region through collaborations and partnerships.
"We are collaborating with ANU's Fenner Institute where they will be presenting to Landcare coordinators their long term research findings relating to the management of the endangered ecological community including the Box Gum Grassy Woodland," she said.
"The training will ensure that the support Landcare provides to farmers with this vegetation community is scientifically based and technically sound."
Ms Cunial also said she excited to be back in the Central West region again and to work alongside the Landcare team.
"I was brought up just outside of Orange where my family still runs the orchard and I'm really happy to be back in the Regional Landcare Coordinator position," she said.
"The team is incredibly passionate and experienced and I feel well supported within the role and I look forward to learn more from Central Tablelands Regional Landcare Facilitator Liz Davies as she has so much experience, knowledge and wisdom to offer.
"I'm very interested in supporting Landcare activities that supports healthy and diverse environments and productive farming landscapes and there is a lot of good work already underway in the region by landholders and community groups."
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