SNELC welcomes new team member

27th Sep 2022

September saw Southern New England Landcare welcome their newest team member to work on two projects with farmers and graziers across the region.
Aggie (Alexandra) Seiler will be based in Armidale and her work will focus primarily on assisting farmers to build landscape resilience in the face of a changing climate.
When not at work Aggie is finishing her Diploma of Agriculture and working alongside her husband on their family-run cattle grazing enterprise near Guyra.
“Becoming part of the farming community of the New England has been such a wonderful experience,” said Aggie.
“We have been bowled over by the warmth of the community and the opportunities to learn and build community through the many workshops and field days offered by Southern New England Landcare and GLENRAC.”
“My new role with Southern New England Landcare is an opportunity for me give back to the local farming community,” she said.
Aggie began her studies in a Bachelor of Science at the University of Queensland, studying plant and animal biology, ecology, genetics, and chemistry.
However, she went on to study nursing and later became a Community Nurse working in rural areas across the top end of Australia.
“My community nursing has taken me to some beautiful and remote places across the north of Australia – I’ve always been drawn to the land and its people,” she said.
“My career change into the agricultural sector might seem incongruent, but it’s all about health and people... the health of the people starts with the health of the land,” she said.
“It’s an incredibly exciting time to be in Agriculture,” said Aggie.
Over the next two years, Aggie’s activities with the Resilient Pasture Landscapes project will include working with farmers in the region to build skills in climate forecasting for feed budgeting purposes and pasture management, soil testing, farm water supply and water management and using software tools to monitor and track changes over time.
This work is funded through the Future Drought Fund, a project that involves partnerships with University of New England and Southern Queensland and Northern NSW Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub (SQNNSW).
Aggie will also be working in the role of the Malpas Catchment Coordinator, bringing some ‘movement to the Malpas’ by working with the well-established Malpas Catchment Group.
This work will facilitate ongoing momentum following significant work that group has done to improve water quality outcomes in the greater Malpas Catchment for landholders, and Armidale Regional Council domestic water supplies.