Climate action conversations scheduled for Coffs Harbour, Kempsey and Port Macquarie

Lorraine Gordon.

COFFS Harbour, Kempsey and Port Macquarie have been announced as locations for climate action discussions hosted by Voices4Cowper.

The ‘Climate action conversation: Solutions for a sustainable future’ discussions will focus on exploring options and opportunities for climate solutions within the region, addressing concerns raised during the recent listening campaign held by Voices4Cowper.

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‘’Throughout our recent listening campaign, when we asked people what they loved about living in the area, the natural environment – the ocean and the forests – was consistently ranked highly,” said Bec Davis, Co-Chair of Voices4Cowper.

“Unsurprisingly then, climate change and the environment were also high on the list of concerns in our conversations.’’

Each event will feature a conversation between people with experience in climate action and will be of interest to those concerned about fire and flood in coastal villages and the role of land management in climate solutions.

The conversations will delve into the current state of play in climate resilience and land-based mitigation, as well as the implications for government policy and political representation.

The events will feature regenerative farmer and educator Lorraine Gordon and Dr Hanabeth Luke, a Senior Lecturer in Regenerative Agriculture and founding convenor of the Evans Area Resilience Network.

Ms Luke ran as an Independent candidate for the seat of Page in the 2022 Federal Election.

‘’Our communities know only too well the impact extreme weather can have on our lives,” Ms Luke said.

“Policy reform and representation is needed at the highest level to support our capacity to respond and adapt.”

Ms Gordon said there were many opportunities for those who own or manage land to “play their part in climate action”.

“We need to learn and share solutions and collaborate around these.”

The events will be held in Kempsey on Friday May 31 from 10:30am to 12:00 noon, in Port Macquarie on Sunday June 2 from 10am to 11:30am and in Coffs Harbour on Sunday June 2 from 4:30pm to 6pm.

Voices4Cowper formed in 2019 to advocate for independent political representation at the Federal level.

More details can be found at

By Andrew VIVIAN

Hanabeth Luke.

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