The official opening of the Lake Cowal Conservation Center in Australia was held in November. The event drew students, local farmers, industry, representatives from state and local governments and the Indigenous community members. The Center will serve as a hub for environmental education, where students, landowners and the community can learn about sustainable land management practices within the Lachlan Catchment, located in central western New South Wales (NSW).
The Center is the result of a partnership between the Lake Cowal Foundation, West Wyalong High School, Barrick Gold’s Cowal gold mine and the Lachlan Catchment Management Authority. Its primary aim will be to give students practical experience in environmental conservation. The Center will also engage and educate community members in Catchment management issues, through workshops and research activities, in order to improve sustainable land and water management.
The Lachlan Catchment spans approximately 84,700 kilometers primarily within the Wiradjuri Aboriginal tribal area. The area currently accounts for 14 per cent of NSW’s agricultural production.