Wimmera Biodiversity Seminar a success

Wimmera Biodiversity Seminar organisers hope to continue the event in the future after a successful 15th annual turnout at Dimboola on Thursday.

The event Australia's longest-running biodiversity seminar took the theme 'Nature's Canvas' and featured guest speakers including Victorian Landcare magazine editor and author Carrie Tiffany, South Australian seeds guru Neville Bonney and artist Amanda Blake-Sutterby.

The all-day event also included a tour through bushlands and a dinner.

Member of the organising committee Barry Clugston said the information sessions during the day were popular.

He said the line-up of speakers was as good, if not better, than in the past.

"All the sessions generated some enthusiastic discussion and questions," he said.

"We were a bit concerned about numbers earlier in the week but people rolled in towards the end as they often do.

"People came from South Australia, Melbourne and all around Western Victoria.

"We focus very clearly on the Wimmera but people from other areas get a lot out of it as well."

Among the topics covered were frogs of the Wimmera, woodland birds and mateship with nature.

Mr Clugston said Tiffany was the guest speaker for the night session and surprised participants.

"Carrie is not widely known. The comments I got after the dinner were that people were enthused by her presentation," he said.

"She juggles being a mum with being a writer and people got a lot of inspiration from that message."

Mr Clugston said organisers took a punt to try to link creative arts with biodiversity.

"All the speakers related extremely closely to the theme and made links with how people are inspired by the arts such as poetry, writing or painting," he said.

"It probably turned out better than we expected."

Mr Clugston said he hoped the success of Thursday's event meant the seminar would continue for years to come.

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