Providing operators and technicians for the ecological restoration industry


  • Robin Buchanan

  • Robin Buchanan (22 Alicia Road, Mt Kuring-gai, NSW 2080, Australia, E-mail: has over 20 years of vocational teaching experience, specializing in the area of bushland restoration and management. Robin is author of the widely used NSW TAFE Learning Publications textbook Bush Regeneration: Recovering Australian Landscapes, and is a member of Ecological Management & Restoration's editorial board.


In 1986, it took little effort from bush regenerators to persuade the New South Wales Department of Technical and Further Education (TAFE) to set up a new course specifically for the bush regeneration industry, but the unique nature of training for ecological restoration and management was threatened in late 2006.