Please see our projects below.
Many of our projects carry over from the previous year. So if no new projects have been started this year, please click previous years.
New England North West Landcare Adventure 2014
This project will deliver increased awareness of sustainable agriculture practises from across our region, as well as increased capacity of land managers to understand and adapt to change through increased knowledge and skills. This will be delivered through a two day event to be held in the Glen Innes district attended by land managers and interested community members from across the New England North West region. The program utilizes the skills and experience of members of the Landcare networks who have shown leadership and innovation in agriculture, by featuring their achievements in activities throughout the program. This event will be held in March 2014.
Measure to manage - creating practical soil solutions for Glen Innes farmers
This project will fund a range of activities for farmers to increased awareness, knowledge and skills to understand and manage their soils and to understand the links between soils, plants, people and profits. This allows a continuation of a project from last year in which local farmers are currently completing a workshop series titled “Measure to Manage” workshops at a subsidized rate through a separate funding program. This project will provide the opportunity for participants to complete soil and plant testing during the coming Spring 2013 and Autumn 2014 to provide quantitative data to make management decisions on soil and plant nutrition. This funding will also help towards the LANDCARE ADVENTURE in March 2014.
Action on the Ground - BMP of Carbon Management on Northern Rivers Farms – GLENRAC
This 4 year project is in its 2nd year and will continue regardless of the LLS changes. Glenrac has three properties involved in this study. The project will monitor the effects of different farming practices including the use of “alternate” fertilizers and biological and conservation farming practices on soil health. The effects of implementing of rotational grazing systems to improve ground cover will also be monitored
Glen Elgin Eco-Carers Group Management of Invasive Species in Granite Country
This project will assist landholders at the western end of the Glen Elgin valley to control Weeds of National Significance (WONS) including blackberry, Serrated Tussock and Chilean Needle Grass that are being introduced to high conservation value roadside bush - and the private properties adjacent to these high conservation value sites.
Healthy Soil and Soil Solutions - For Granite and High Country Farmers
This time round we are able to fund the follow up day which includes an on-farm day spent looking at soil, grass, animals, and infrastructure. The aim throughout this day is to create discussion around how to implement the principles learned at “Healthy Soils” and make the system work in the best possible way. We often fall into the trap of feeling that we need to spend money before we can make a change. This workshop will help participants to look initially at how to use what is available and at the farmer’s disposal right now to maximise results, rather than work on what they do not have.
Glenrac is pleased to announce two upcoming workshops to be held in October and November 2013. These Border River Gwydir CMA funded courses include the RCS Healthy Soils Workshop and their follow up Dirt-to-Dollars Implementation Day. Previous Healthy Soils workshops in this area have been well attended with a lot of positive feedback from participants.
Implementing property management plans to improve riparian habitats in Priority River and Stream reaches of the Tablelands
This project will provide funding to help implement sustainable land and river management practices identified through property management planning activities. Funding has been provided for activities that will improve ecosystem services and/ or improve productivity through the adoption of best management practises. Activities that will be funded include fencing riparian zones, wetlands or native vegetation; weed or pest animal projects; or demonstrations sites to improve soil condition and reduce wind and water erosion.
Control of honey locust to increase biodiversity and enhance conservation values of Riparian zone Glen Innes Nth NSW.
This project is in its 3rd and final year and seeks to control core infestations of honey locust on the Severn River and Macintyre rivers in northern NSW. The project will combine works on both public and private land in a cooperative effort to control this weed over approx. 170km of river frontage. Honey locust has been identified as an emerging weed threat along both rivers and adjoining areas of the National Reserve System. Control activities will significantly improve the overall habitat of the threatened species that inhabit the local area and allow for regeneration of native flora species displaced by honey locust. The Glen Innes area is the headwaters for both the eastern and western flowing waters, control here will restrict its further spread downstream.
This project will fund training for farmers to increase awareness, knowledge and skills to understand and better manage their soils. The project will deliver four hands-on workshops to provide training and support to participants, so that they understand how to implement sustainable land management practices, and achieve a healthy farm ecosystem with higher production levels. The four workshops will include two “how to undertake soil testing activities” sessions, and once results have been returned, two supporting “how to interpret soil tests” sessions. As Glenrac is considered to be in two socio-ecological landscapes, each series of two workshops will be held in the different areas.