CONCEPTS

DO YOU HAVE AN IDEA TO LOOK AFTER THE LAND?

 

Landholders, Landcare groups, Traditional Owner groups, community organisations and other interested parties within southern Queensland are invited to submit project concepts for funding under the National Landcare Program - Phase 2 priority investment areas.

 

THREATENED SPECIES SERVICES

Deliver projects to improve the trajectory of Threatened Species Strategy priority species, for example by

  • culling feral cats
  • controlling pest animals
  • removing weed infestations
  • revegetating habitat
  • managing fire regimes
  • managing grazing regimes
  • constructing fencing to protect habitat from pest animals
  • establishing and maintaining feral free enclosures

Deliver projects to establish and maintain exsitu breeding sites and/or populations of threatened species

Deliver projects to undertake emergency interventions to prevent extinctions of threatened species

 

RAMSAR SERVICES

Deliver projects to improve or maintain the ecological character of Ramsar sites, for example by

  • controlling pest animals
  • removing pest weeds
  • remediating riparian areas
  • supporting management practice change on properties abutting water bodies

 

THREATENED ECOLOGICAL COMMUNITIES

Deliver projects to improve the condition of nationally threatened ecological communities on private land, for example by

  • controlling pest animals
  • removing pest weeds
  • managing diseases
  • constructing fences and controlling access to restore habitat, exclude pest animals and protect functional species
  • removing barriers to water flow and other activities to restore hydrology
  • implementing fire and/or grazing regimes to restore structure and diversity
  • revegetating habitat or encouraging natural regeneration

 

SUPPORTING AGRICULTURE SYSTEMS TO ADAPT TO CHANGE SERVICES

Deliver projects that

  • assist agricultural industries to adapt to growing market preferences for products with demonstrable traceability and sustainability
  • increase land managers' awareness and understanding of changes in climate, weather and market so that they can adapt effective response strategies that maintain farm productivity and natural resource conditions

 

SOIL, BIODIVERSITY AND VEGETATION SERVICES

Deliver projects that encourage land managers to implement activities that

  • use practices that maintain good stubble and pasture cover
  • avoid set stocking and manage total grazing pressure
  • reduce tillage frequency
  • use strip cropping, contour planting, intercropping, agroforestry and other management practices that reduce runoff rates
  • where appropriate, use riparian buffers, buffer strips, wetlands, water harvesting and cover crops to minimise the export of soil particles
  • monitor soil acidity and minimising surface and sub-surface soil acidity by using proper amendments (such as lime, gypsum and clean ash)
  • balance fertiliser and organic amendment applications to manage acidity, and use appropriateuse of acidifying fertiliser types
  • increase biomass production by increasing water availability for plants using methods such as irrigation with drippers, irrigation scheduling, monitoring of soil moisture
  • increase carbon content through practices such as managing crop residues, using forage by grazing rather than harvesting, applying soil manure, using compost etc
  • avoid fire management practices on productive paddocks, which will destroy organic carbon content, where possible
  • make optimum use of all sources of organic inputs, such as animal manure
  • use management practices that ensure sufficient organic cover, such as no tillage practices
  • implementing crop rotations, planing legumes and/or improving crop mix
  • identify and ameliorate soil, biodiversity and vegetation degradation sites (public or private) that will have significant public benefits
  • increase knowledge of evidence based soil, biodiversity and vegetation management practices amongst agricultural land managers
  • increase rates of monitoring changes in the condition of soil, biodiversity and vegetation on private land

 

TO SUGGEST A PROJECT IDEA, PLEASE EMAIL OFFICE@SOUTHWESTNRM.ORG.AU OR PHONE 07 4656 8500 TO DISCUSS FURTHER

 

 

Successful projects will be supported by South West NRM through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Program.