GLENRAC Invites the Community to Celebrate with them for their 30th Anniversary 100-mile Dinner

15th Oct 2019

On the 22nd of June 1989, the first official meeting of the Glen Innes Natural Resources Advisory Committee took place at the Glen Innes Town Hall. Formed with an 11-person board, the group had come together to investigate a total catchment management plan for the Macintyre Valley, and to take action against the crippling effects of eucalypt dieback gripping the region at the time.

30 years on, GLENRAC continues to be a champion for the ecological health of the district, bringing together farmers, small businesses, conservationists and local government members with the united goal of improving and maintaining the richly diverse landscape of the Glen Innes region. Over the years, they have facilitated countless workshops, field days and information events to build community skills and knowledge across areas of land and natural resources management, biodiversity, sustainability and drought support, and their member base has grown to over 800 people.

To celebrate everything GLENRAC has achieved over the past 30 years, (and in anticipation of what the next 30 years will bring!), the team are planning a huge community bash at the Glen Innes Services Club next month. Featuring a themed 100-mile dinner, the evening will be a celebration of some of the best local produce the area has to offer, with all food sourced from growers and farmers within a 160km radius.

“Despite the terrible drought conditions, our region is made up of farmers and providores who continue trucking along, direct marketing their produce to the New England region and further afar too,” says GLENRAC Project Manager and event organiser, Eliza James.

“We want this night to focus on the positives of our community, and being able to feature local food is a great way of doing this. The produce we are showcasing is truly fantastic, in season and seriously local." 

Event organiser and GLENRAC Committee member, Sandy Fitzgerald, who with her husband, Desmond, were part of the first official GLENRAC meeting, said the dinner is an opportunity for the community to learn about the history behind Landcare, and the pioneering origins of GLENRAC.

“The creation of the Landcare movement was triggered by the events of Black Friday in Melbourne during the 1980s – the city was almost shut down by thousands of tons of soil that had blown in from the Western districts of Victoria, and serious questions were asked about how such an ecological event could have happened.

A visionary proposal between the Australian Conservation Foundation and the National Farmers Federation, with their leaders Philip Toyne and Rick Farley, provided the Federal Government at the time with ideas to tackle land degradation by bringing together conservation and land management, volunteers and farmers. In 1989, Landcare was formed, with Hawke announcing that 1990 would be the Year of Landcare, and the 1990s the Decade of Landcare.

Glen Innes Landcare and GLENRAC have been there since the very beginning – and here we are, still going strong 30 years later, our focus still fundamentally on maintaining an overarching ecological sensibility through the management of land, soils and resources in our natural environment.”

The evening will also feature charity auctions, with all proceeds going to local Red Cross branches. Limited tickets available.

GLENRAC 30th Anniversary Celebration Dinner – Friday 22nd November 2019, Glen Innes District & Services Club.

$45 with a complimentary local beverage on arrival. Tickets can be purchased from the Glen Innes District & Services Club, tables of 8 or book individually. Contact GLENRAC on 02 6732 3443 with any queries.

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