The seven existing Collaborative Area Management or ‘cluster’ groups were formed as part of a South West NRM (SWNRM), QLD state government funded initiative. These groups of landmanagers came together and formed associations, allowing them to purchase fencing materials at a reduced cost. These groups then built exclusion fences surrounding their properties, helping each other and sharing fencing equipment. Once these fences are completed, the groups will work to mitigate shared issues within the clusters. Some of these issues include non-domestic and feral animals which apply an unsustainable grazing pressure and wild dogs who predate on livestock.
The Collaborative Area Management project aims to increase diversity on properties, allowing landmanagers to continue with or return to sheep. The sheep and wool industry can then benefit local towns through increased employment.
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Biology & ecology: Feral cats live, hunt and reproduce in the wild. They are the same species as domestic cats but differ in how and where they live rather than any true biological differences. Feral cats have the body shape, acute senses and fine coordination perfectly suited for stalking and capturing prey. Feral cats can take down prey matching their own body size and kill by biting the throat or base of the skull. These traits have allowed feral cats to adapt to some of Australia’s harshest conditions and invade almost all parts of the continent.
Establish a staged project commencing with 16km of cattle fencing located in Bush Paddock on Mt Elliott, subdividing areas used consistently for rotational grazing, from areas of Brigalow / Belah forest community. The Threatened Ecological Community will be strategically grazed maintaining production & enhancing biodiversity of the endangered ecosystem, promoting sustainable grazing practices, & highlighting the rationale that production & biodiversity conservation can coexist & compliment the operation of a substantial grazing enterprise.
Stage 1 ‐ Control erosion on major property waterway & around dam by‐washes by fencing 3 km section adjacent the waterway. 3 additional water points need to be established external to the waterway to allow access to water for stock. A trough currently located within the waterway will be required to be relocated out of the waterway. Some earth works will be required (i.e. drains) to assist the stabilisation and drainage of the area.
Stage 2 ‐ Rehabilitation of QLD Bluegrass pastures by controlled stocking rates on downs country through additional fencing, establishing new & strategically located watering points.
Stage 3 ‐ Expand areas of QLD Bluegrass pastures by controlled stocking rates on downs country through additional fencing, establishing new & strategic watering points.
Ambathala Creek will be segregated from the rest of its’ current paddock to allow more strategic grazing in this area. This will be done through cost effective fencing which has been explored throughout other areas of the property. Electric fencing will be used with three plain wires. This has proven to be adequate for other internal fences throughout the rest of the property.
The paddock is on the western side of the creek and is currently around 4451 hectares. This will be cut into two sections consisting of around 3000 ha and 1451 ha. The 1451 ha paddock will then be separated by two segregating fences, which will allow movement of stock from one end of the creek to the other allowing for a more strategic rotational grazing system for the cattle. The completion of the project will need the construction of around 10km of fence. This project is building on the rest of the property as the owners have been selecting certain areas to fence and graze separately.
Project funding budget $10 000.00
Water spreading involves creating low bunding rills that follow the contour of the ground. The water collects against the bunding and then fills into the borrow pit from which the dirt is taken to make the rill. The water is then delivered further on in a slower and even sheet. To select areas effected by previous overgrazing and erosion and turkey bush infestation. We aim to develop and improve an area of around 500 to 600ha. We will seek advice from the Manns family, "Dijoe" Bourke (Water Spreading Field day at Rangelands Conference 2010). We will utilise hand held lazer levels to maintain accuracy amongst rills for even water spreading. One of the project sites will be located in the North East corner of Wallen and the other in the middle of the place concentrating on the eastern side. Will hire machinery and construct project myself. Total funds South West NRM is contributing to this water spreading project is $10,890.
This project will achieve fencing for the protection of Wallam Creek as it traverses through Tilquin. A fence consisting of 2 kms of 2 barb and 4 plain wires will helpimprove water quality, reduce erosion and increase groundcover and allow for total grazing control of domestic animals. This stretch of the creek has historically been a koala habitat, but sightings have dimished during recent drought years. This is a conservation project with no grazing by sheep or cattle planned for the creek enclosure. This fencing will provide public benefit and compliment 65 kms of riparian fencing already exisiting in the northern catchment of the Wallam creek. The fencing project will stretch along the western side of Wallum Creek. These alluvial floodplains are a mixture of grey and red soil with Coolibah, rivergum and sandlewood vegetation.
Project Funding Bduget: $5,587.00
Erect 5 Km of permanent electric fence enclosing 600 ha of highly diverse virgin timbered landtype. The fence will start from an existing landcare electric fence project that runs along the Paroo. This project will enclose another area of creek and virgin landtypes into a revegetation program with the aid of a fence to control the total grazing pressure. The proposed new fence heads east for 3 kms and turns south for 2 km encompasing 600 ha on the southern boundary .