Landholders invited to highlight successful drought strategies
18 June 2014
Organisers are looking for two properties to be case study examples for field days later in the year.
The Rotary Club of Sydney has partnered with Soils for Life to encourage the wider adoption of regenerative landscape management in the Western Division Resilient Landscapes Project.
The project aims to help farmers learn how to manage their properties to minimise the impact of drought on production and landscape health.
Manager Land Services North, Russell Grant said Western Local Lands Services had been working with Soils for Life to support the project at a local level.
"This is an opportunity to gain recognition for some of the good practices that are being implemented by innovators in our region", Mr Grant said.
"We know there are some landholders who are doing an especially good job in the Western Division and believe that other people can learn from them."
The project will use the successful farming practice case studies to develop an information and demonstration program to encourage wider adoption amongst other landholders.
Local land managers, Graham and Cathy Finlayson of "Bokhara Plains", Brewarrina were one of 19 case studies throughout Australia featured in 2012 on the Soils For Life website.
Soils for Life is a not-for-profit body, chaired by former Governor-General, Major General The Honourable Michael Jeffery, which promotes natural resource management with an emphasis on soils.
Expressions of interest are invited from landholders who can demonstrate resilient management practices that maintain a modicum of production for longer throughout periods of drought and whose landscapes have the ability to respond quickly when droughts eventually break.
Landholders interested in participating in the program should complete an expression of interest by 30 June.
Soils for Life will then visit selected properties and gather interview the landholders to gather more information.
The case studies aim to showcase the good results landholders have achieved for themselves and the greater environment, while making a small positive contribution to a brighter future.
For more information and to download entry forms visit
www.soilsforlife.org.au/western-division-project or phone Russell Grant on 02 6836 1575.