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Reviving a depleted landscape at Harden

For over ten years Riverina Local Land Services has been working with Harden land manager, Brad Thorsby on his property, Currawong to revegetate a depleted landscape through Australian and NSW Government programs.

The program has delivered significant on ground improvements which has resulted in improved farm productivity.

Project Manager, Riverina Local Land Services, Louise Hufton said the project had involved 31 kilometres of new fencing resulting in the rehabilitation of more than 90 hectares of land.

“Over 20 off-river watering points have been installed and 173 hectares has been improved through the introduction of better grazing management practices,” she said.

“There have been significant visual changes to the property with treelines extending along draining lines and creeks and areas of new vegetation now lining isolated paddocks with newly established habitat.”

Mrs Hufton said the rehabilitation and enhancement of native vegetation had resulted in flow on benefits for soil, water and groundcover on the property resulting in increased agricultural production.

“The project has reduced soil erosion as well as stabilising river banks and improving water quality,” she said.

Mr Thorsby said all of the on-ground works undertaken in the past 10 years has assisted with farm productivity.

“Environmental benefits keep improving through this revegetation program – little by little it is changing the landscape of this property,” he said.

For further information on funding opportunities available contact Louise Hufton 6386 3954 or louise.hufton@lls.nsw.gov.au

Media contact: Tracey Bell 0428 435 029

Caption: Brad Thorsby on his property Currawong