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Post Conference Field Trips

All post-conference field trips will take place on Wednesday 8 March at 1.30pm

Cost per field tip is $60.00 per person

Field Trip A - Agribusiness and Natural Resource Management

Be grounded on a field trip visiting local examples of practice change for sustainable communities.


Philippa Noble, Department of Primary Industries, Wangaratta
Ph 03 5723 8686.


Pick up lunch and board the bus for drive to Londrigan


Arrive Jenny and Jim Anderson’s lamb production enterprise on Wangaratta – Eldorado Rd
Jenny Anderson and Simon Noble (lamb producers from the Rutherglen Lamb Group) will talk about the development of their group lamb marketing business – selling Rutherglen lamb direct to consumers.


Walk to Anderson’s firewood plantation.
Philippa Noble (Private Forestry Industry Development Officer, DPI, Wangaratta) will outline the NE Firewood Projects including a NE firewood strategy, a plantation establishment project, a local government supply project and a firewood harvesting project. Community involvement has been an important aspect of the project development.


Drive to Eldorado firewood depot site. Karen Jones (Sustainability Program Coordinator with the Wangaratta Shire) and Alan Friar (community representative) will outline development of the local government firewood access project- supplying firewood needs of the community.


Leave for Beechworth


La Trobe at Beechworth

Fieldtrip B – Health and Community

This post conference field trip is able to give a realistic look at achieving sustained change through interaction with children, teachers, parents and the greater community. What more important topic could we pick than our health and the health of the land.

The Ottawa Charter, the document that underpins Health Promotion activities, describes health promotion as the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health. To reach a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, an individual or group must be able to identify and to realize aspirations, to satisfy needs, and to change or cope with the environment. Health is, therefore, seen as a resource for everyday life, not the objective of living. Health is a positive concept emphasizing social and personal resources, as well as physical capacities. Therefore, health promotion is not just the responsibility of the health sector, but goes beyond healthy life-styles to well-being.

Obesity is a major problem confronting the health system, however healthy individuals are not created within the health system itself. The health system deals with repairs and maintenance once dis – ease has occurred. The Children’s Healthy Activities and Mentoring Program for Schools (CHAMPS) has been designed from the ground up and is a way of working with school kids to recognize the need for change, bringing it about and maintaining the change.

This tour will visit Beechworth Primary School and interact with the community health promotion workers, teachers, children and parents about the CHAMPS program and what it means to them. Some of the difficulties and lessons that have been learned will be shared.

The Wooragee Primary School has long been recognised for being a mover and shaker in the area of the rural environment. The school was a recipient of the award for state schools in the 1990 Banksia Environmental Awards. We’ll visit the school and see what’s happening some 15 years down the track.


Bob Currie, Community Health & Health Promotion
Upper Hume Community Health Service
Phone 02 6022 8811


Pick up lunch and board the bus for visits to Wooragee and Beechworth Primary Schools


La Trobe at Beechworth

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