2010 NRM Trial Sites


South West NRM called for expressions of interest from landholders to host innovative grazing and natural resource management (NRM) trials. The aim was to establish four representative sites across the region. 
The objective of the NRM Trial Sites program is to explore sustainable, cost effective land management practices which are relevant to the local and regional land use and of particular interest to the applicant.
The vision for the program is to facilitate individual landowners' involvement in driving change in modern natural resource use, attitudes and practices which will then be widely communicated through local networks.
South West NRM is committed to supporting local landowners and interested parties in developing, demonstrating and showcasing these practices.
Grants offered assistance to landholders for the development of the NRM Trial Sites and to support regular events such as workshops and field days to review progress and to disseminate results. As the funds will only be distributed on four sites, these events (which are a mandatory part of the funding) are the main communication medium for other producers in the area who may have similar issues.
Additionally, it is essential that Reference Groups are formed around the sites for decisions making and information sharing. These groups will be facilitated by South West NRM staff and may encompass an existing landcare group or a network of adjoining land managers. This will ensure options employed are considered locally appropriate and are of sufficient merit. Progress will be regularly reviewed and outcomes assessed on the basis of both environmental and economic return. It is necessary for the applicant to be open to hosting these regular gatherings on the property to ensure trial outcomes are spread as widely as possible throughout the general community.

The project will be focusing on a reduction in Eremophila gilesii (Turkey Bush), a native species which is considered a woody weed in south west Queensland.  Proliferation of turkey bush is a result of historical grazing pressure and proves to be problematic as it reduces the health and distribution of perenial grasses which form...

Colac Trial Site

This is an NRM Learning Demonstration Site project. A rotational grazing trial will be set up on Durella in collabaration with the owners and managers.  To implement a rotational time controlled grazing system, the origional paddock will be reduced to four paddocks of approximately 2200 Ha.  Fencing will be constructed to...

Goombie Trial Site

The “Gumahah” project will fund fencing material to set up paddocks to allow Rick Gardiner, South West NRM and the Learning Group to investigate the effects of planned grazing in the Mulga lands.  The project will set up 5 paddocks with fencing suitable to hold goats.  Paddocks will be approx. 68ha, 91 ha, 30 ha...

Gumahah Trial Site


The project is will be a small scale trial of the rotational grazing setup. The project will construct four goat paddocks; of 14ha, 15ha, 15ha and 20 ha, totalling 64 hectares. Water will be piped approx. 1231 meters from a bore to the trial paddocks. The fencing will be of high integrity goat fencing and include 5...

Kilcowera Trial Site

To implement a rotational time controlled grazing system the paddock sizes will be reduced to average approximately 300 Ha, depending on land type and estimated stock days per hectare. Approximately 11 kilometres of fencing will be constructed using fencing of 2 plain wires, 2 electric wires and a top barb wire....

Shannendoah Trial Site


“Springvale” already has two goat holding paddocks of 212 ha and 76 ha that has been heavily grazed by goats. This grant will fund fencing to split the 212ha paddock in to three paddocks of 65ha, 66ha and 82ha. One additional paddock of 177ha will also be fenced, giving us a total of 390ha in 4 or 5 paddocks...

Springvale Trial Site