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Provenance workshops 2015

Seven Provenance Workshops held across NSW in June and July 2015.

The importance of provenance is all about knowledge – knowing where plant seed came from, the site and situation it grew in, and the type and form of the plants. This is all important to the usefulness and value of the seed. (T. Hogbin)

This project has been assisted by the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust.

Over 300 people from a wide range of fields attended a series of seven workshops across NSW to learn and discuss some of the issues of native seed supply management for self-sustaining vegetation communities. The workshop series, co-ordinated by the ANPC and funded by the NSW Environmental Trust, brought together Dr Linda Broadhurst from CSIRO and Dr Maurizio Rossetto from The Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney to convey the latest lessons and understanding on native plant seed science, genetics and issues of climate change.

The seven workshops were held in Armidale, Lismore, Coffs Harbour, Orange, Yass, Wagga and Mt Annan in western Sydney in conjunction with regional and State Local Lands Services (LLS) offices and staff.

Collation of the workshop evaluations are yet to be completed but there has already been very positive feedback regarding the presentations and format. There have also been suggestions and ideas about the need to extend the knowledge and strategies outlined into more detailed local support workshops to meet regional seed needs and project support.

While issues of plant genetic adaptation to rapid climate change were a feature of workshop discussions, there was also much concern raised on the resilience of regional vegetation programs to rapid funding declines. One consistent theme was that of investing limited resources into quality assurance of genetic seed supply as a direct means of ensuring quality vegetation outcomes rather than just quantitative measures.

Electronic versions of the presentations are to be distributed to all participants and LLS offices and are available on request.

While some workshops were oversubscribed every effort will be made to follow up those that were unable to attend and look at the possibility of future workshops.

ANPC would particularly like to thank the presenters Linda and Maurizio on the huge commitment and effort in time and travel to deliver the workshops. We would also like to thank the regional LLS staff in reaching their many and varied networks and interested parties and arranging venue and catering. We look forward to working further with you all in the future and in establishing closer ties to meet your regional vegetation goals.

Workshop Presentations

ANPC Presentation
Introduction to provenance issues – presented by Martin Driver
The ‘Provenance Issue’: Challenges and Opportunities for Ecological Restoration – presented by Dr Maurizio Rossetto
Provenance issues in a Changing World – presented by Linda Broadhurst
Australian Seedbank Partnership – Advertising the National Seed Science Forum 14-16 March 2016

Please refer to the ANPC flickr account to view additional images taken during the workshops.



Dr Maurizio Rossetto from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney (left) with ANPC Project Manager Martin Driver @ the Coffs Harbour

Provenance Workshop




Participants at the Yass Provenance Workshop. (J. Lynch)




Martin Driver presenting at the Mt Annan Provenance Workshop. (Greater Sydney LLS)

Workshop dates and locations were as follows:

Location / TownDateTimeLocal Land Services Host Contact
Armidale16 June 20159.30am-3.30pmIvan Lackay – Northern Tablelands LLS

Lismore18 June 20159.30am-3.30pmJai Sleeman – North Coast LLS

Coffs Harbour (this additional workshop was funded by North Coast LLS)19 June 20159.30am-3.30pmJai Sleeman – North Coast LLS

Orange22 June 20159.30am-3.30pmMartin Prestidge – Central Tablelands LLS

Yass24 June 201510am-4.30pmMelissa Henry – South East LLS

Wagga Wagga30 June 20159.30am-3.30pmRob Kuiper – Riverina LLS


Natasha Lappin – Murray LLS

Sydney2 July 20159.30am-3.30pmBill Dixon – Greater Sydney LLS

For further information on the Provenance Workshops, please contact Martin Driver, ANPC Project Manager by phone on 0400170957 or email.