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Gilgunnia Field Day

Ashley and Carolyn McMurtrie will open the gates to Gilgunnia Station, near Cobar, on Thursday 13 November to showcase the regenerative practices being undertaken on their property.

Local Land Services Western Region is supporting Soils for Life and the Rotary Club of Sydney who have partnered together to encourage the adoption of improved landscape management through the Western Division Resilient Landscapes Project.

Gilgunnia Station is one of two properties in the Western Region that has been documented in a case study to illustrate what can be achieved.

Manager Land Services North, Russell Grant said the project aimed to help farmers learn how to manage their properties to minimise the impact of drought on production and landscape health.

"Ashley and Carolyn McMurtie of Gilgunnia Station are passionate about natural resource management so they can fully manage native pastures for both production and biodiversity," Mr Grant said.

"For the past eight years, they have had full control of water points and installed multiple trap yards and erected total grazing pressure fencing to exclude feral goats on part of Gilgunnia.

"This has allowed more effective grazing management and strengthened their commitment to strategic rotational grazing, based on monitoring groundcover levels."

Mr Grant said a highlight of the day would be an overview of the Western Division Resilient Landscapes Project mentoring program, which aims to show landholders options for how to manage their properties to minimise the impact of drought on production and landscape health.

"This is a joint initiative between Local Land Services Western Region, Soils for Life and the Rotary Club of Sydney, which has been designed to lead innovative development and change in land management throughout the Western Local Region."

Mr Grant said the project was an opportunity to showcase landholders undertaking regenerative practices in the region to help overcome the challenges of drought and climate variability.

"I encourage all landholders who are keen to improve their land management practices to attend the field day and speak to managers who have undergone the process of change," he said.

The field day starts at 9.30am and will include a presentation by Ashley McMurtie as well as guest speakers from the Department of Primary Industries.

The Gilgunnia Station case study can be read on the Soils for Life website www.soilsforlife.org.au.

Gilgunnia Station is 34km from Cobar on the Louth Road. To RSVP and for directions, phone the Local Land Services Western Region Cobar office on 02 6836 1575.

Media contact:          Donna Ambler 0400 258 690  or   Russell Grant 02 6836 1575 / 0419 970 213