Threatened Ecological Community preliminary assessment.

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BOOBOOK Consulting was engaged by South West NRM to carry out an ecological assessment of Mt Tabor property on behalf of the Bidjara traditional owners. Following a desktop assessment of documented values, the property was visited by three BOOBOOK staff during the period 8-12 October 2014. The aim of the visit was to validate desktop findings, expand where possible on existing knowledge, and identify potential management strategies and recommendations to consolidate knowledge and protect ecological values into the future.

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Company Publication
NRM Topic: 
Conservation Planning and Policy
Fauna
Flora
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2015-2016 Financial Reports

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2014-2015 Financial Reports

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Mulga Graze Handouts - Wallal Field Day

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Wallal Field day and Soil Health Workshop

Welcome to the Wallal Field day and Soil Health Workshop
Can I please remind you if you haven’t already to complete the registration form down the back.
Could I also please ask you to complete the evaluation form attached to this handout.
If you would be interested in collecting and sending some soil samples away to be test can you please complete the attached Expression of Interest form and return it. Please be aware that I am unsure of the total cost or the level of subsidy which SW NRM are able to offer. If you register you will receive more information as soon as it is available.
To get to Wallal you need to go down the Cunnamulla Road, it is 22km from the Charleville railway crossing to the Wallal Turn off. The turn off is on the WESTERN side of the road and has grid with white gates. If you get to the Angellala bridge turn around, you have gone too far.
The house is approximately 2km off the road, just follow the road in there are no turn offs

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Collaborative Area Management: Exclusion fencing in South- West Queensland

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Background
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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Fact Sheet
NRM Topic: 
Pest Management
Canine
Fauna
Rural Development
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Grey Grasswren in the Bulloo Lakes system, completion report, November 2013

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In order to inform property management planning for Bulloo Downs station, southwestern  Queensland, a survey to identify habitat and hotspots for Grey Grasswren Amytornis barbatus barbatus was conducted in the Bulloo Lakes wetland system during 7-1 1 October 2013. Although known to occur in south-central parts of the system, mainly south of the NSW State border, there have been few if any previous

records of Grey Grasswren from northern parts of the system. This nominate subspecies of Grey Grasswren is listed as Vulnerable under the Commonwealth EPBC Act 1999 and is considered to be declining in NSW.

The survey was funded by South West NRM Ltd and conducted by two ornithologists with extensive experience of this highly secretive bird from floodplains of southwestern Queensland and adjacent South Australia and New South Wales. Focussing on shrublands of lignum Muehlenbeckia florulenta in dried wetlands in the ar north and north-east of the Bulloo River's terminal wetlands, 38 sites were

searched. Characteristics of vegetation and substrate at each site were documented

and examples of habitat were photographed.

Grey Grasswrens were seen andlor heard at nine (9) sites within five (5) localities widely spread across the study area on Bulloo Downs. Grasswrens were detected in communities that varied in cover, height, diameter and greenness of lignum shrubs. In most cases they were found where some lignum occurred as joined clumps and commonly where short plants occupied some of the substrate. No grasswrens were detected in massive lignum clumps in and around the dried lakes; in these sites, water persists longest and once dry the ground is mostly bare. Belalie Acacia stenophylla shrubs were present at some of the sites where grasswrens were recorded. Old man saltbush Atriplex nummularia, a habitat sometimes used by Grey Grasswrens, is widespread in lowlands immediately surrounding these northern Bulloo Lakes wetlands.

The survey results increase the known extent of occurrence of the subspecies by over 600 km2 and extend its range 26 km northwards. Together with enhanced knowledge of its habitat preferences and abundance, this greatly improves its conservation prospects. Presence of the Grey Grasswren places responsibility on landholders and NRM practitioners to wisely manage its lignum swamp habitat. No

immediate conservation action has been identified. But it is recommended that suitable graded firebreaks be maintained and added, to minimise loss of habitat for Grey Grasswrens, especially around a cluster of five sites in Jerridah Channel occupied by grasswrens. Reduction of likely predation by feral cats may be desirable if cost effective control can be achieved. Recognising the preliminary scope of the

project, other recommendations call for follow-up surveys to consolidate the present findings, determine site fidelity of the grasswrens, and develop deeper understanding of their ecological requirements and threats to survival in the Bulloo Lakes system. 

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Company Publication
NRM Topic: 
Endangered Spp
Other wildlife
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2013-2014 Financial report

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South West NRM Strategic Direction 2014–2017

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South West NRM places more capacity for decision-making and action in the hands of regional landholders and community.

CEO Bernard Holland announces organisation’s new strategic direction:

 

South West NRM has provided services to the landholders of South West Queensland to support the development of sustainable landscapes for rural communities while building the biodiversity values, which underpin the ecosystems of healthy country.

 

Much of our work has been pest and weed management through the empowerment of landholders with auspiced funds for equipment, chemicals and traps. We have however, also been delivering mapping services and electro-fishing as specialist support services and recently completed the Early Warning Flood System. Our services and projects have been inclusive of our local indigenous communities to conduct ‘on country’ projects as well.

 

As we enter the next five year funding cycle from the commonwealth government, I would like to provide an overview to the community of the South West NRM strategic  direction for 2014–2017.

 

Landcare underpinning all field work

As we establish replacement staff for Amy Gunn and Daniel Wingett after Easter, the Board has approved a regionally focussed but centrally administered landcare service from Charleville. It is vitally important that we retain and build strong connection to and communication with landholders and landcare groups. Every person should have a point of contact with someone at South West NRM and be able to talk face-to-face on a regular basis.

 

Therefore our Landcare Project Officers will be a regular presence and network with landholders and facilitate conversations around shared issues to find shared solutions. It may be a local strategy for wild dog management or an outbreak of a Class One weed. Alternatively it may be the preparation of a Grant Application to deal with a local environmental issue. To help facilitate this, we will maintain Bollon and Quilpie offices as staging points for the longer trips and a place to meet your South West NRM Landcare Officer.

 

Engagement with the Education Sector

Coupled with the Landcare model as previously described, is engagement with schools across the south west to run the Eco-Schools programme. I was International Director of Eco-Schools for two years based in Denmark and have worked with Keep Australia Beautiful to host the Eco-Schools in Australia.

 

If schools take on this framework for student led change, South West NRM will auspice Landcare funds into the school’s parent bodies so students can take on small environmental projects such as energy conservation, tree planting, biodiversity and waste and water projects. Connection internationally will also be possible through this programme.

 

South West NRM Iconic Project

The Board of South West NRM created and co-funded Collaborative Area Management (CAM) projects with the Mungallala and Morven Clusters for a major barrier fencing project. The feedback from landholders details significant reduction on total grazing pressure and in one case a 100% lambing rate.

 

South West NRM is now auspicing $3.86m of Queensland government funds to facilitate six more CAM projects over the coming 2.5 years.

 

Geo Spatial Hub

The Rangeland NRM Alliance has been granted a $1.6m grant over the next two years. The project will firstly combine geo-spatial information into one platform and validate data with on-ground inspections. In future stages and with more funding, landholders will be able to obtain detailed grazing pressure information on their own properties from images and data to inform management decisions.

 

Conclusion

South West NRM will continue its good work of the past and the future will be focussed on a broader communication and networking strategy to achieve greater local decision-making, which supports improved outcomes. When combined with our CAM and geo-spatial projects we have a bright future, as science will help inform daily decisions on the land.

 

I look forward to engaging with each community over time and supporting my team to provide great service levels. All the best.

 

Bernard Holland

CEO

A risk assessment of water dependent threatened species and communities and water assets of southwest Queensland from coal seam gas and coal mining

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Red Leaf Projects was engaged by the South West NRM Ltd regional body to collate, review and summarise the information relating to the water dependent iconic and threatened species and communities and water assets of the Bulloo, Paroo, Warrego and Nebine catchments of the SWNRM region. A summary of significant datasets, scientific research, publications and findings is provided. Additionally, a number of analyses were conducted to identify the relative vulnerabilities and level of risk of these ecological assets to coal seam gas and mining development. Landscape linkages that sustain ecosystem functioning and species resilience were also identified along with management focused recommendations. The outcomes of this review including recommendations provide SWNRM with a platform to initiate community discussion and as a focus for future projects and funding opportunities. It also provides substantial input into the proposed bioregional assessments of the Commonwealth Government and will be used to update the SWNRM strategic plans.

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Company Publication
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Biosecurity and Pests
Climate and carbon
Conservation and Biodiversity
Economic Development
Grazing and Production
Institute and Organisations
Land and Soils
Planning Policy and Overviews
Regional Planning
Water
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Caring for Water on Country in South West Queensland

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Background – Caring for Water on Country in South West Queensland Workshop.
Traditional Owners from south west Queensland were invited to provide input into the Bioregional Assessment Project (Phase 1) that South West NRM had been commissioned to do for the Australian Government.  On Friday 10th August 2012, 19 Traditional Owners from the Kooma, Budjiti, Mardigan, Kullilli and Kunja Nations as well as Traditional Owners from neighbouring Nations of Murrawarri and Boonthamurra attended a workshop at the Bidjara Conference Room at Edward Street in Charleville.  Traditional Owners were invited to provide input in regard to the cultural and spiritual values associated with ground and surface water in south west Queensland and to examine the potential impacts which coal seam gas or coal mining developments might have on these water sites; what sites might need to be protected and how this protection might be implemented. 

Position Statement

“Those things have been here for thousands of years now and we are not going to destroy them.  We will look after them, you know”.

The Far South West Aboriginal Natural Resource Management Group representatives who attended the workshop clearly and overtly believe that any mining activity on their traditional lands in south west Queensland is not welcomed or encouraged. There was a strong belief that mining activity and the associated development is not compatible with their traditional values.  Traditional owners in this area have a strong cultural, spiritual and physical connection to country.  The natural environment is not only a physical space for the Aboriginal people but also the home to both the cultural environment and spiritual environment and it all needs to be protected.  To disturb the landscape in any manner disrupts this close connection to the cultural, spiritual and physical environment.  “We need spiritual protection because our ancestors created beings and also the soil, flora, fauna and water and the protection of our cultural heritage sites is also needed as this is home to our stories and our objects and our artifacts within that landscape”. It is for these inter-related connectivity reasons that mining development is not compatible with core Aboriginal values.

 

Introducing the River People

“The creeks and gullies are our arteries and water is our blood and without that blood which is the water we are stuffed.  We want the lot of them protected, not just the rivers”.

The south west Queensland traditional owners are known as ‘River People’.  Other Aboriginal groups strongly identify with deserts (desert people) and the coast (coastal people).  However, the entire history of the River People in both the recent past (last 200 years) as well as the ancient past (over many millennia) have demonstrated a strong connection to the watersheds.   “Our people living on these watersheds owned 100% of the resources including the water and the plants and the animals that were there and those foods were feeding our mob and those wallabies were for our people and all that food and water and bush medicine - they were all to sustain the mob in that particular watershed and they were our resources”.

The key types of water sites (listed in no particular order) that were important to the Traditional Owners were:

  • Natural springs
  • Water holes
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
  • Wetlands
  • Bores and the artesian basin
  • Underground rivers
  • The flow of surface water
  • Native wells
  • Native springs
  • Gilgais
  • Ephemeral claypans.

 

Queensland Government

RLF Programme

National Landcare Programme