Work collaboratively to enhance existing, and develop new, practical, useful knowledge brokering services and products for land managers.
Using the latest knowledge about how to translate science in order to inspire and enable change, a cross-sector program targeting a range of outcomes including profitability, could enhance farmer capacity and build a stronger culture of natural resource stewardship.
Revegetation of 15 hectares of cleared land to enhance ecosystem function, improve habitat connectivity and increase community awareness.
The project will result in positive outcomes for both biodiversity and community awareness. It will build on substantial previous work conducted at the site, including installation of wetlands. Owners will invest significant private funds - $12,000 already raised through crowd sourcing.
Develop an education program on effects of clearing / planting native riparian vegetation and altering water flows / creek directions.
A comprehensive education program will ensure better community understanding, with increased action to protect and restore riparian areas. This will reduce erosion, improve water quality, provide corridors, and make the area more attractive for tourism.
Conduct nitrogen use efficiency trials using practices such as soil biology/inoculation to develop a 'formula' that can be extended to all farmers.
Practical demonstrations of how it can work within existing farming systems can result in wider and faster change aimed at improved soil health and reduced N application.
Establish a model agroforestry farm which mimics the natural environment, showcasing a multiple crop system as an alternative to conventional agriculture.
Demonstration of a successful, economically viable, diverse system can encourage further uptake. The model farm would address soil conservation, economic development and increase biodiversity outcomes.
Conduct soil testing and mapping to provide better knowledge regarding selection of appropriate crops and improved fertiliser application.
The information will allow for better management of land and ability to repair degraded areas.
Holistic catchment analysis to identify the locations/causes of water quality issues and best use of limited resources.
Without knowing what the problem is and where it is located, it is difficult to determine the best way to deal with it in the most cost effective manner. Key will be water quality testing.
Undertake targeted and strategic repairs to river systems, including Crees Creek, to prevent run-off from industries and urban sources.
System repair, when done well, provides water quality outcomes for local river systems, in-shore lagoons and reef systems. This location feeds into Dickson Inlet, which already has water testing.
Conduct a replicated scientific trial using diatomaceous earth to test for viability of the product and to monitor for changes in soil health, crop responses and biodiversity.
Effective, cost efficient alternatives to chemical fertilisers are available and, if used appropriately, can minimise the reliance on inorganic chemical fertilisers, delivering benefits for profitability and the environment.
Revegetation along Whyanbeel Creek and priority tributaries, incorporating the engagement of a wide range of community members.
This project builds on community-driven work of the past, but extends it to involve more partners. A key outcome is also increased community awareness and understanding.
Revegetate and maintain priority areas of the local foreshore to increase the buffer area and make the foreshore more resilient to climate change.
Re-establishing native foreshore vegetation has multiple benefits of reducing erosion potential, increasing habitat areas and it is a cheaper option in most instances than hard engineering solutions.
Strategic management of vines that currently impede the ability of remnant vegetation to regenerate and thrive.
Keeping existing vegetation/forest free of weeds and invasive vines is the most cost effective approach to habitat protection. It is much easier to protect an existing tree than to grow a new one.
Training of indigenous rangers to manage the environment, including incorporating traditional knowledge.
As the traditional custodians of the land, there are multiple benefits to be gained from training Traditional Owners and empowering them to be active in caring for country.
Through a local landscape partnership, secure a sustainability officer to build a cohesive community vision for the area including consideration of climate change.
Facilitating a conversation so that people understand the local issues including climate change, effective community drive and action is possible. There is enormous power and potential in a motivated, informed and capable community.