Projects

Little River Landcare has successfully delivered $10 million worth of projects since 1998 and interacted with thousands of community members and land managers. LRLG recent projects are listed below. 


Driving Corridor Connectivity across the Little River Catchment

Expressions of interest now open!

2019 - current

The Little River Landcare District covers the Little River catchment plus a small portion of the Bell River catchment, particularly the Curra Creek and Eurimbla districts. Many landholders residing in this area have established habitat corridors on their properties through the fencing off of remnant vegetation from grazing, restoration of riparian zones or planting of paddock trees. However, reduced rainfall throughout 2017-19 has degraded many of these patches, creating large gaps in vegetative habitat throughout the district. The project aims to fill in those gaps by providing trees and assistance with fencing for landholders to increase habitat corridors on their properties. Financial support from Central Tablelands Local Land Services, will go towards rebuilding 5– 8 ha of vegetation for wildlife corridors per year until 2024. In an attempt to boost the presence of Endangered Ecological Communities (EEC) in Australia, priority will be given to forestry seedlings from the White Box Yellow Box Blakely’s Red Gum Grassy Woodland community which is listed as Critically Endangered, under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

 

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Containment Feeding: what is it and what are the benefits?

Expressions of interest now open!

2019 - current

In order to provide an insight into alternative measures undertaken by farmers during drought periods, LRLG will be putting together a series of case studies that will outline the methods, economic impacts and environmental outcomes associated with containment feeding. Grazing management practices such as containment feeding, seek to rehabilitate soils that have been degraded by industry practices during periods of low rainfall. The approach focuses on maintaining year round ground cover to enhance biological activity in the soil leading to increased soil carbon, humates and ability of the soil to absorb and retain water. The case studies aim to increase community awareness of innovative practices that enhance landscape resilience. Collation of local containment feeding applications within the Little River Landcare District will be used to compare successes and outcomes. Support from a world leading agricultural data analytics company in Toowoomba, will combine on-farm knowledge with artificial intelligence to provide an insight into pasture productivity and land condition after practice change. 

Photo credit: DPI NSW



Closing the Loop at UPA

Stage One of three complete!

2019 - current

LRLG was engaged by UPA Aged Care Services in Yeoval to support their efforts in natural resource management within their centre. The project aims to support corporation and education around sustainable activities that prevent resource loss. LRLG will assist in the establishment of organics recycling systems and support active, experiential learning, to encourage knowledge sharing and participation. Food and garden wastes are types of organics wastes (from plants or animals) that can biodegrade under optimal conditions. They are a valuable commodity, full of energy and nutrients that can be recycled back into the environment. UPA will support a "Closed Loop" centre where the energy from organic materials will be diverted from landfill and recovered on site, through their planned herb/ vegetable garden. 

Photo credit: Waste Management Review




Engaging Women in the Environment

2018 - current

Engaging Women in the Environment is a bi-annual event which connects women from all areas (both residential and rural) parts of the LRLG district. Women make up approximately half of the international agriculture workforce and dominate a high proportion of essential “off-farm” work. Various studies into the importance of “off farm” activities such as community participation, alternative income support and technical efficiency among farm households indicate that the typically unrecognised form of work has a positive and significant effect on farming outputs.   The EWE project aims to facilitate communication and assist with increasing resilience within the LR catchment by bringing together women from across the LRLG district. Topics vary from gardening to business management with specialist knowledge available through guest speaker support. 

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Signposts, building our Community of Practice (CoP)

2018 - current

LRLG hold quarterly signposts events where members are invited to engage in joint activities and discussions. The project aims to build a resilient community through a Community of Practice (CoP) that enable individuals to learn from each other in an environment where values and experiences are heard and respected. CoPs are recognised as groups of people who have a direct link between learning and performance. Through regular collaboration, information is shared to improve skills and advance knowledge around a common interest. LRLG signposts act as a shared repertoire of resources: experiences, tools, stories etc accessible by members within the group. LRLG engages industry experts to participate in group meetings to enhance CoP knowledge for a robust and evolving community. 

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Quickposts, motivation through media

Topics welcome!

2018 - current

Sharing knowledge through media platforms is a fast and effective way at accelerating change across many organisations. LRLG quickpost are articles that vary in topics from different industry sectors including Waste Management, Agriculture, Natural Resource Management, Scientific Research etc and are published in two local newspapers per month. The project aims to increase community understanding and knowledge in the absence of in-person contact. The virtual community makes education easy and convenient and has the ability to sustain LRLGs credibility through the provision of up to date, relevant and interesting content suitable to both local and regional audiences.  

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Organic Matters Matter - completed project

2018 - 2019

A peer leaning project designed to improve land performance throughout the catchment by increasing soil organic carbon (SOC). In nature, SOC is lost from the soil during decomposition. Microorganisms essential for decomposition convert SOC to carbon dioxide (CO2) which is released into the atmosphere. Organic matter in the soil serves as a reservoir of nutrients and water, reduces compaction and increase water filtration. If not replenished, soil health degrades, reducing productivity, capability and resilience of the land. To increase soil quality assessment skills throughout the district, a recruitment group participated in a study tour to sites where soil was scientifically managed for increased organic matter. All participants contributed to an on ground experiment that developed their capacity to assess soil quality and ability to identify and implement effective management actions to increase SOC.

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The Goobang Cluster - completed project

2018 - 2019

A group of landholders in the Little River Catchment (The Goobang Cluster) share a common boundary with Goobang National Park. During a time of water scarcity, pest animals previously depended on the water sources located within the Park began sourcing water from neighbouring stocking troughs. Increased pressure from pigs, goats, deer, foxes, rabbits etc negatively impacted the clusters pasture and ground cover, resulting in erosion and excessive and sustained pressure due to lost potential of full stocking rates. The Goobang Cluster project successfully removed pest animal access to 4545 ha through exclusion fencing and a buffering zone of a further 3970 ha. By collaborating across the Goobang cluster boundary, landholders reduced the recovery periods associated with excessive pest animal grazing during drought, effectively enabling the cluster to match their stocking rates with their carrying capacity. 

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Scattered Paddock Trees - completed project

2018 - 2019

During 2018, LRLG received funding from Central Tablelands Local Land Services to stock proof fence 15 hollow bearing mature trees from the White Box, Yellow Box, Blakely’s Grassy Woodland Endangered Ecological Community (EEC). Erection of the stock proof fence around the remnant trees was no closer than the drip line around each tree to allow for effective rehabilitation around the tree base. To ensure safe passage of native animals, barbed wire was used sparingly and in all cases, plain wire was used for the top two and lowest fence strands. Modifications to an additional fence line enabled a further 10 trees on the same property (approximately 2ha) to be secured from grazing for a minimum of four years further enhancing rehabilitation of the EEC. 

Photo credit: Rivers of Carbon


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