Australia has work to do. Ranked #20 in the Global SDG Index, we are achieving in some areas but in others we are lagging behind.
Focusing on the 'what, why and how' of implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals in Australia, the SDGA16 Conference aims to build awareness and identify key priorities for Australia's sustainable growth.
Here at NFF, our view is that farmers need to be part of the discussion on sustainable agriculture and food production, and not have others have that discussion for us. For this reason, we are a supporting partner of SDGA16.
Today, we’d like to introduce some of the speakers that will be taking part in the conference.
Brianna is the CEO of Foodbank Australia is the largest food relief organisation in Australia; a non-denominational, non-profit organisation which acts as a pantry to the charities and community groups who feed the hungry. It was first established in 1992 in NSW and now has a presence in every state and the Northern Territory with distribution centres in all state capitals as well as a number of regional centres. Foodbank rescues edible but surplus food and groceries from the country’s farmers, manufacturers and retailers which goes on to provide an average 166,000 meals a day.
Helen is the Sustainability Manager for Dairy Australia and will be speaking on the Australian Dairy Industry Sustainability Framework, a whole-of-industry Sustainability Framework which aims to enhance livelihoods across the industry, improve community and animal wellbeing and reduce the environmental impact of the dairy industry. Dairy Australia received a Banksia award in acknowledgement of their achievements in sustainability practice.
Matt Herring has 16 years experience as an ecologist. Working on more than 850 farms in the Murray-Darling Basin, he’s become a strong advocate for working alongside farmers to unleash the conservation potential of private land. He is passionate about the ideal of producing food and conserving biodiversity at the same time. Matt will be speaking on the Bitterns in Rice project which we’ve blogged about before!
Fiona is a Director of Plantation Trading Pty Ltd, a 5500ha mixed family farming enterprise near Premer on the Liverpool Plains in NSW. With broadacre farming and commercial and stud poll hereford cattle operations, Fiona is particularly responsible for the administration, marketing and risk management of the business. With husband Ed, and children Jemima and Tom, Ms Simson is passionate about ensuring a strong future for agriculture, and maintaining a strong and united voice to ensure that farmers’ voices are heard and taken into account at all levels of Government. In November 2014, Fiona was appointed to the NFF Board as Vice-President.
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SDGA 2016 will be held at Sydney University on the 29 and 30th November. For more details about the conference, visit the SDGA 2016 website and book your seat today!
Edmund Hogan, Policy Officer, NFF Natural Resource Management