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Workshop to inform landholders about floodplain functions and threatening processes

A Western Local Land Services workshop will give landholders an understanding of how floodplains function and the threatening processes that dehydrate floodplains.

The managing outback floodplains workshop, which will be held on Tuesday, 25 June on Justin and Julie McClure’s property, “Kallara Station” at Tilpa, will include a wide ranging discussion around prevention and restoration techniques while an inspection of previous earthworks will be undertaken in the afternoon.

Presenters for the workshop include:

  • Hugh Pringle – Hugh is a rangeland ecologist with extensive knowledge and practice in rehydrating semi-arid floodplains throughout the world. He will present on floodplain function and the processes that threaten the productivity and health of floodplains.
  • Marita Pearson – Marita is conducting PhD research on gully erosion along the Darling river and the affects this has on floodplain and river health. She will be presenting her latest research in this area.
  • Paul Theakston – Paul is Western Local Land Services’ Rangeland Rehabilitation Officer and works throughout the Western region. He will be presenting on the techniques landholders can use to rehydrate the landscapes they manage.

With the day to cover off on both localised floodplains as well as river floodplains, Mr Theakson believes it will be valuable for all landholders to attend.

“Floodplains can be small areas associated with localised drainage lines or larger floodplains of the major creeks and rivers,” Mr Theakston said.

“Whatever the case, these areas are some of the most productive areas on a property and need special attention to prevent degradation. By better managing these floodplains, agricultural productivity and native biodiversity can be enhanced.”

Landholders interested in attending are asked to RSVP for catering purposes to the Western Local Land Services Cobar office on (02) 6836 1575.

Please arrive by 9.30 am for morning tea with presentations to begin at 10 am.

This project is supported by Western Local Land Services through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.   

Media contact:
Charlie Whiteley, Western Local Land Services, 0428 679 974.