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Land restoration focus for collaborative learning Field day

A field day in April demonstrated to pastoralists specific machinery interventions to control erosion in the landscape.

Supported by Rangelands NRM through funding from the Australia Government, the field day helped equip land managers with the practical skills and ‘tools’ specific to rangelands rehydration.

These lessons were provided by soil conservation expert Col Stanton operating under the principles of Ecosystem Management UnderstandingTM.

Rangelands NRM Regional Landcare Facilitator Kane Watson said the participants gained improved capacity to address erosion control and the application of simple rehydration techniques.

“This event helped improve the knowledge and skills for regional pastoralists that didn’t have Col Stanton operating directly on their property as well as sharing the lessons between properties,” Kane said.

Pastoralists from Challa, Meeline, Edah and Kirkalocka visited other Rangelands Fibre and Produce Association member stations Yoweragabbie and Boogardie that had recent earthworks undertaken.

“There is a lot of dehydration happening in this country here, so what we are trying to do is getting water back out on country and stopping soil erosion,” Col Stanton said.

“That is what I’m here for, no matter where you are or what you’re doing, I will come and give you a hand”.

Members met first at Yoweragabbie station where they visited new diversion banks, check banks and bunding along an aggressive water course.

They then went on to inspect and discuss the banks and whoaboys recently installed on Boogardie station.

“This event allowed professional advice about putting in diversion banks and whoaboys as well as track realignment and earthworks to minimize run on and run off to be shared,” Angus Nichols from Edah Station said.

“Seeing how it is done and discussing the works is great. We looked at the erosion south of the road and Col told me what needs doing there.”

Kane said these earthworks were all guided by soil conservation expert Col Stanton.

“On ground application provides catchment rehydration improvements, soil conservation, stock feed promotion, confidence and efficiencies in continued remediation works,” Kane said.

“Col provided instruction and guidance to pastoralists to further reinforce the techniques he had demonstrated on the machinery,” he said.

“The advice and experience Col has is invaluable. Into the future we have confidence that we can do this stuff ourselves, and do it right,” Jorgen Jensen from Yoweragabble Station said.

This project provided opportunity for the demonstration of machinery interventions for significant erosion sites as well as discussion with a soil conservation expert about the appropriate implementation of such interventions.

“Providing this opportunity has enabled the pastoral land managers in the Southern Rangelands to share the lessons of onground work implementation,” Kane said.

“The project provided the opportunity for greater collaboration and knowledge sharing across the rangelands, and Land managers can undertake earthworks to look after their region with greater confidence.”