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This is not an official survey and we don’t expect you to spend any more than a few minutes on it. !

Maybe you have a photo to share of some structure, some impact, some thought , some perspective ? ……………..

Please fill in the bits that really interest you, and, hopefully others. . If you only have a moment, do Section A and put in a few words. Your unsigned form and return email address will go no further than the soil con bureau below. For those of you who don’t know or can’t remember it was SCA, CFL,DCE, CNR ,CMA ,NRE,  DSE, now DPI

 

The idea is to for you to get/give some perspective on what really works in sound soil /water/plant planning

The overall results will be presented briefly on 29 February at Bendigo and via return email   snail mail to  John Modra 85 Gellibrand St., Colac 3250 Pn 52335544   or john.modra@dpi.vic.gov.au

A   Broadly speaking . (abbreviations in bold)  (skip unrelated questions)

1.       What did the old SCA do well?………………………………………………………………………

2.       What did SCA do poorly?……………………………………………………………………………….

3.       Which “Department “was the most workable model/s ( every 4yrs) for achieving SC in the field………….

4.       Which “Department “was the least workable model/s ( every 4yrs) for achieving SC in the field…………..

5.       Comment?eg what “badge”label for new Natural Resource Conservationists?………………………………….

6.       Was the training you received in SCA helpful ?  nil , mildy ,considerable substantial , formative , great ……….

Your current job ………………………………………………………related to SC?…Y?N…………………………..

Name the aspect of SCA training/workplace /worldview you appreciated the most?…………………………………

7.       Is anyone being trained to do your current job ?( in general terms )………………………………………………..

8.       Is anyone likely to replace you in that position?Y/N ……………………………………………………………….

9.       What do you think are the most important styles of work to continue- In this list Extension… ,  Statutory planning ../ , Works on ground …Treeplanting ….,, Monitoring …, Research … , Projects…  ( rate 1most –5least)

10.   What do you think are the most important types of conservation work to continue ? soil con.. , water con.., tree con … biodiversity con…. ,farm-con …, industry –con…. ,urban… education….   (1-5)

11.   What uneccesary change has made your work hardest in the last decade? …………………………………

12.   Are you a member of a professional association ?eg ASSS  Y/N if not why not? ……………………………

13.   Do you see the need for one that suits your particular are of expertise ?  ………………………………….

14.   State the most important change that would improve the prospects for sound soil conservation into the future .more local autonomy ,  transfer to local government, stronger CMA’s , stronger DPI ,More project focus , more policy focus , district /regional ,stronger professional association more power/ devolvement  You name it ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

B   Soil Conservation Stuff  Activities and emphasis since   Specifically

 

 

 

U/D

% 

Imp

Further eg  Days in last 20yrs ?

 

Staff working in the area of SC  % up or down

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preliminary inspections

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subsequent Inspection

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Government/ Joint inspections 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property reports

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property plans

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extension ---not related to grants incl field ,newspaper,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U/D

% 

Imp

Further eg  Days in last 20yrs ?

 

Works /Extension ----related to grants

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regulation incl Stat planning ,

 

 

 

 

 

 

Policy development

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research  ( other than below)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investigating soils/ systems  (paddock scale)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Designing  Ec structure s  banks /ww /structural

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supervising Ec structures

 

 

 

 

 

 

Erosion prevention “instructions”   ( inc coupe or WFP advice) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Land retirement advice     not related to above

 

 

 

 

 

 

Treeplanting advice 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Land use management advice ( this yr )

 

 

 

 

 

 

Land use change advice       ( beyond 1year)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agronomic/ Cultivation advice  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water conservation advice

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non  EC works eg  recharge trees

 

 

 

 

 

 

Works supervision (other than above)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Land retirement

 

 

 

 

 

 

Treeplanting  advice 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Land use management advice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C. What takes up your time NOW ? How has it changed in nearly 20yrs?

 

 

 

Up/down

% 

Imp

Further cooment

eg  days in last 20yrs ?

 

Talking to investors about an actual piece of  land

 

 

 

 

 

 

Talking/ managing staff

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attendance at meetings

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attendance at conferences

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dealing with complaints and ministerials

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recovering from burnout / stress /failure

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doing your own typing /photocopying /filing

 

 

 

 

 

 

Letters and notes to clients

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fire fighting actual fires

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fire fighting staff and administration issues

 

 

 

 

 

 

School and counter queries

 

 

 

 

 

 

Running meetings

 

 

 

 

 

 

Talking about change in actual paddocks

 

 

 

 

 

 

Involved with changing public land use

 

 

 

 

 

 

% of time thinking about actual on ground issues

 

 

 

 

 

 

Answering client calls and correspondence

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting Specialist help

 

 

 

 

 

 

Writing submissions to keep staff and jobs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Managing grants monies field /office

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time spent in extension

 

 

 

 

 

 

Providing reports for management

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thinking about retirement /holidays

 

 

 

 

 

 

Developing policy documents

 

 

 

 

 

 

Numbers of staff supervised

 

 

 

 

 

 

VPS status  eg  2,3,45,6 Optional -we will know anyway

 

 

 

 

 

 

D Contacts and links

Big picture http://www.gristmagazine.com/grist/: http://www.abc.net.au/science/planetslayer/ 

Lost in the sustainability forest ? http://cuttingedgeconservation.blogspot.com

New soil organisations   Training ?   http://nreplanners.blogspot.com

http://www.zalf.de/essc/ESSC-15%20Years.doc  Established http://www.swcs.org/f_conservation.htm

http://www.asssi.asn.au/soil/home.asp