Project Showcase: Current & Historical

2007 Mulga Lands "Giving Effect to Science" Symposium

Givieng Effect to ScienceOn 6 September 2007, as Charleville celebrated Endangered Species Week (3-8 September 2007) and National Bilby Day on 9 September 2007, South West NRM hosted a Science Symposium where scientists, old timer, graziers and fresh graduates were invited to gather together and reflect on past and current experiments, study and research in south west Queensland, and to consider what lessons we have learnt from the past, and what insights these can offer to future options, priorities and directions for the future of this region. [Read the full story]

Far South West Aboriginal NRM Group

Fencing<br />
contractors Geoff Drury and Peter Seckold with Heath admiring their<br />
workWith the assistance of South West NRM Ltd, the Far South West Aboriginal NRM Group (FSWANRMG) was formed in 2004, as the Traditional Owner advisory group for natural resource management in the south west region.

Two representatives from each local Indigenous group make up FSWANRMG; representatives are Native Title claimants or community members nominated by claimants to represent their group.

The group is heavily involved in providing advice and assistance to all community members who wish to progress on-ground projects that achieve environmental outcomes while enhancing culturally significant values. The group generally meets four times a year and participation at these meetings has been very strong. [Read the full story]

Lake Dartmouth: Voluntary conservation success story

Lake DartmouthTraditionally, Lake Dartmouth was utilised as part of the grazing regime for the two pastoral properties it partially covers, Ambathalla and Canegrass.

Mother and son Barbara and Neil Marks of Ambathalla and husband and wife John and Lindy Sommerfield of Canegrass recognised the impacts of grazing such as removal of floodplain vegetation, bank instability and siltation, and the importance of the lake system to the region. Together they decided to alter their management of the lake. [Read the full story]

Canarvon Station Reserve benefits from FUTURESCAPES process

Carnarvon Station Reserve protects a large percentage of the headwaters of the Warrego catchment, including 36 springs of which 31 are currently known to still exist. Carnarvon Station Manager

Of these, 11 are protected by feral herbivore exclusion fencing so far. Darren Larcombe, Manager of Carnarvon Station, says: “I’m very happy with the outcomes of the project. Australian Bush Heritage Fund can easily tap into volunteer support, however things can get a little tight when looking at larger capital expenditure projects such as the Conglomerate & Mailman Springs Fencing Project. The financial support for the purchase of water monitoring equipment and fencing materials was greatly appreciated”. [Read the full story]

Aerial Reconnaissance

Helo ReconIn November 2007, South West Natural Resource Management conducted an Aerial Reconnaissance project.  The project involved surveillance monitoring of weeds and feral animals from a helicopter, predominately along the main watercourses within the region.  Weed and feral animal density and distribution was recorded. 

The information gathered from this project will be used for investment purposes; determining where and how funds should be spent for the best result.

South West NRM's Aerial Reconnaissance project recorded weed and feral animal densities and distributions throughout the region.

Crack the Cactus

South West Natural Resource Management has been working with local government in the Murweh and Paroo Shires and with landholders to help eradicate cactus.  Funded through Blueprint for the Bush, the project sees landholders being offered assistance to destroy cactus infestations on their property.  Depending on the size of an infestation, landholders can either be utilised to destroy the infestation, landholders can either be provided with chemical assistance or a contractor could be utilised to destroy the infestation.  The landholder would then match that assistance with their own.  This could be providing diesel to be mixed with the chemical, or providing their own labour to match the contractor's.

The project is targeting species that are deemed a new threat.  These include Coral Cactus, Snake Cactus, Tiger Pear and Hudson Pear.

It is a long term project and will be carried out over the next three years.

Cactus takes up valuable grazing land and is deemed a noxious pest.  Cactus needles can get embedded in animal skin and cause discomfort.  This is also how it spreads.  It can also spread through waterways.  It competes with native vegetation and can completely overrun an area.  The project is targeting species deemed to be a new threat to stop them from spreading any further.  The project will also identify where infestations are.  Studying where it has spread to will help in trying to prevent future infestations.

Working together with landholders and local government will help the project by sharing knowledge and resources to achieve the best possible outcome.