Rangelands NRM wins Smart Farms Small Grant to ‘Fix the Zippers’
Rangelands NRM has been successful in obtaining a National Landcare Program Smart Farms Small Grant for its proposed ‘Fixing the Zippers’ program, which will help pastoralists across the Rangelands use hay and livestock for a low cost, sustainable remediation solution for eroded gullies.
Pastoralists on eight stations across the Southern Rangelands will implement the project, assisted by renowned technical specialists Bruce Maynard, animal management expert and self-herding innovator, and Hugh Pringle, developer of Ecosystem Management Understanding (EMUTM), who will be providing specialist expertise and support for the program.
Rangelands NRM’s CEO, Debra Tarabini-East, said she was delighted the organisation was successful in this round of the grants.
“This funding will enable us to implement the ‘Fixing the Zippers’ program and work with pastoralists to improve ecosystem resilience and productivity.
“We know that much of the rain that falls in the rangelands is lost through degraded systems, taking with it soil, nutrients and native seed stores.
“This project will help protect and enhance soil and water ecosystems on stations, whilst providing pastoralists with a low cost option for remediation of the gully heads,” she said.
Smart Farms Small Grants is part of the second phase of the Australian Government’s $1.1 billion National Landcare program, and will help farmers and regional communities implement new projects and technologies that improve sustainability and adopt best practice land management.
Photo credit: Hugh Pringle