11 May 2018 – CFNC Guest speaker Zoe Thompson – native grasslands

The guest speaker at the May 2018 CFNC general meeting is Zoe Thompson.  Zoe, a biodiversity officer with the Brimbank City Council, will present on “Native Grasslands in Urban Areas” – a topic of relevance to the local area (e.g., the Montgomery St grasslands in Wesley Hill).  This event will be on Friday 11 May from 7.30pm in the Fellowship Room (located in the hall at the rear of the Uniting Church on Lyttleton St, Castlemaine – next door to the Art Gallery).  Member and visitors are all welcome, there is no cost for attendance and tea/coffee/nibbles are available afterwards.  We hope to see you there.

Zoe has let us know that her presentation will cover protecting and managing remnant vegetation (particularly grassy ecosystems) from a local government perspective, and also successes and lessons learnt with our management works and with using the system to protect what’s left 

“As I am a jack of all trades in council in relation to biodiversity, providing advice to statutory planning on development proposals, setting up habitat protection and recreation projects, monitoring works and projects for all our conservation assets, working with other departments to reduce their impact and reinforcing the role of community empowerment and therefore advocacy for their local environment, I’d hope to give a view of where local government staff fit into the protection and management of indigenous flora and fauna.”.
Zoe has also provided us with a summary of her training, qualifications and experience, “I studied Parks Recreation & Cultural Heritage management at Charles Sturt University and Natural Resource Management at Bendigo TAFE (BRIT).

I have works for the past 18 years at Brimbank City Council on Metro Melbourne’s western volcanic plains carrying out 4 different roles, starting as Land Management Coordinator, moving into a Parks Community Liaison Officer role and then becoming Parks Conservation Coordinator.  I have spent the last 8 ½ years as Biodiversity Officer.
Prior to working at Brimbank I worked for Macedon Ranges Shire at Hanging Rock as a Park Ranger and also within several MRSC departments as a casual and also spent some time working at the Insectarium in Woodend which was a brilliant experience and way to spend time for someone trying to get into the permanent work force.

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