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Landholders informed how to use plants to promote positive grazing outcomes

Two recent plant identification workshops held across the Western region have highlighted the importance for landholders of maintaining groundcover and controlling invasive native scrub.

The workshops, which were coordinated by Western Local Land Services and held at “Wynwood Station” near Mount Hope and the Australian Inland Botanic Gardens in Buronga, were both strongly attended by landholders and community members who wanted to learn more about native plants and share their experiences amongst peers.

A number of important messages were delivered at both workshops, including how indicator species such as perennial grasses can be used as a tool to assist with your grazing decisions.

Nearly 40 people attended both workshops which were held last month, and Western Local Land Services Senior Land Services Officer, Kaye Gottschutzke was pleased with the positive feedback they both received.

“There was a lot of great information available to landholders that they will be able to put into practice on their properties,” Ms Gottschutzke said.

“Both presenters inAustralian Network for Plant Conservation Project Manager, Martin Driver, and Ogyris Principal Director, Dr Ian Sluiter were highly engaging and did a fantastic job informing attendees about a range of ways they can improve their plant management.

“The open discussions that followed between landholders about their own experiences, both what has worked well for them and what they have found challenging, was equally important and led to many people leaving with new strategies to work with.”

Both workshops included paddock walks which Ms Gottschutzke believes was highly valuable.

“Having paddock walks in both workshops, attendees were able to gain first-hand experience of what to look and get a feel for how things might look in future on their properties,” Ms Gottschutzke said.

“It is important landholders know what plant species are in their paddock so they can manage their business and strategies accordingly.

“It was a great opportunity to spend time with such a good mix of inspiring landholders and to get such positive feedback from them about the workshops was very pleasing.”

Following the success of these workshops, Western Local Land Services will look to host further events later in the year.

If you are interested in hosting or having a plant identification workshop in your area, contact Ms Gottschutzke in the Western Local Land Services Buronga office on (03) 5021 9409.

Media contact: Charlie Whiteley 0428 679 974.