Farmers want to increase the biodiversity of their farms and they should be rewarded for it.
The Nature Repair Market Bill is the Federal Government’s proposed solution to increasing biodiversity on-farm.
It is currently making its way through Parliament. What would the bill mean for farmers and is it up to the task of driving investment and increasing biodiversity.
Join us to hear from Professor David Lindenmayer (ANU) and Les White (former adviser to then-Agriculture Minister David Littleproud) who will share their insights into how to drive on-farm biodiversity and if this current government’s approach is the right one.
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Professor David Lindenmayer is an Australian scientist and academic. He is an expert in landscape ecology, conservation and biodiversity. His areas of expertise also include environmental management, forestry management and environment, terrestrial ecology, wildlife and habitat management, environmental monitoring, forestry fire management, natural resource management, zoology and forestry sciences. He currently runs 6 large-scale, long-term research programs in south-eastern Australia, primarily associated with developing ways to conserve biodiversity in reserves, national parks, wood production forests, plantations, and on farm land.
Les White is an experienced communications professional with a focus on regional Australia, climate and energy issues. He currently runs his own consultancy business based around his skills in media and strategy, and serves on the board of Australian Associated Press. Prior to running his business he was Senior Media Adviser to the Victorian Deputy Premier Peter Ryan and Deputy Chief of Staff to both former Nationals Deputy Leader Fiona Nash and then Agriculture Minister David Littleproud, during the time the original iteration of the Nature Markets Bill was conceived and pilots created. Before his career in politics Les worked four years on Fairfax papers in energy-rich Gippsland and then five years at News Ltd paper The Weekly Times, including three years as Chief Political Writer based in Canberra.