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Landholders across the Western region benefit from erosion control workshop series

A series of erosion control workshops that were organised by Western Local Land Services have been positively received by landholders who were looking to increase their knowledge of track maintenance and erosion control.

The workshops, which were held at White Leeds Station in Broken Hill, Anabranch Hall via Wentworth and Derrina Station at Louth on 4, 7 and 10 July, were presented by Soil Save trainer, Darryl Hill who has previously provided training within the Western region.

The workshops helped to reinforce the importance of reducing erosion on your property as it can have a number of benefits, including:

  • reinstating natural water flows
  • the retention of fertile top soil
  • reducing sedimentation and improving water quality
  • water erosion avoidance and management.

Western Local Land Services Rangeland Rehabilitation Officer, Paul Theakston was pleased with the attendances across the three workshops and that the attendees he spoke to got great value out of the day.

“Erosion control is really important for all landholders so it was pleasing to get strong interest in these workshops,” Mr Theakston said.

“Landholders got some great ideas and advice from Darryl Hill but they also openly talked amongst themselves about what they’ve experienced on their properties and that was equally as valuable.

“By reducing the impact of erosion, landholders will be making their properties more sustainable which will likely make them more productive which is what we all want to achieve.

“Not only did the workshops focus on control erosion, but Darryl was able to give some good tips on using earthmoving machinery with regards to working along access tracks, fencelines and pipelines so that was valuable for attendees as well.”

Further erosion control workshops are being developed for later in the year.

If landholders are interested in hosting a workshop or having one in their area, they should contact Western Local Land Services Cobar office on (02) 6836 1575.

Media contact: Charlie Whiteley 0428 679 974.