Peter Hazell and Kelly Thorburn from The Mulloon Institute were excited to take suppliers and contractors out to the Stage 1 site of the Mulloon Community Landscape Rehydration Project this week to work out access and logistics.
Each year The Mulloon Institute hosts students taking part in the National Youth Science Forum. The annual residential program gives Year 12 students from across Australia a broad understanding of their career options in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Participants are sponsored and chosen by Rotary Australia to attend and hosted at Australian National University.
This year The Mulloon Institute hosted 14 students with an interest in Agriculture and Environmental Science, along with representatives from Rotary.
Luke Peel TMI’s Research Coordinator took the group for a field tour at Mulloon Creek Natural Farms, demonstrating the significant environmental and agricultural productivity results from the Natural Sequence Farming rehydration pilot project.
Students looked at an ephemeral creek and wetland site, creek interventions and leaky weirs, and how scientific hydrological monitoring is being conducted using stream gauges, piezometers, and weather stations. Students learnt how this successful project has now expanded to the catchment scale.
Discussions centred around various aspects of the scientific monitoring program, including geology, biology, landscape functionality, land use and management, and productivity.
The students seemed quite interested in rehydration and regenerative farming practices and had plenty of good questions, including how Luke’s university studies and career choices had led him to his current role with the Institute.
They finished off the day with a field tour of nearby Caroola Farm where owners Penny and Paul explained the operations of their permaculture farming enterprise.
With the release of its new energy policy labelled the National Energy Guarantee (NEG), the Federal Government certainly hopes it will be a ‘circuit breaker’ for both the acrimonious energy and climate debates. So will the adding of yet another acronym, NEG, prove more successful than the many that went before it, such as CET, LET, EIS & RET? Only time will tell but the public is certainly losing patience.
"It is a great pleasure to report on The Mulloon Institute’s (TMI) activities for the past twelve months. We have developed as an Institute and gone from strength to strength with our activities in research, education & training and advocacy. Our signature Mulloon Community Landscape Rehydration Project (MCLRP) is on the verge of commencing on-ground works and very recently we launched a consulting arm, Mulloon Consulting Contracting & Certifying Pty Ltd (MCCC)."
Gary Nairn, AO
Approximately 40 students from the University of Canberra visited The Mulloon Institute recently to expand their studies in Environmental Science.