National Landcare Program
In 2019/20, Riverina Local Land Services has four projects funded under the Australian Government's National Landcare Program.
Reviving Riverina's Malleefowl
The Riverina was once home to the largest known Malleefowl population in NSW. Riverina Local Land Services is working with
local landholders and managers to help protect/restore Malleefowl habitat and investigating ways to increase Malleefowl
numbers, through the Reviving Riverina’s Malleefowl project.
Bringing the Plains-wanderer back from the brink
The Plains-wanderer is a small ground dwelling bird found only in the sparse native grasslands of the Riverina.
Plains-wanderers require specific habitat conditions, with the right amount of ground cover density and grass height.
Landholders play a key role in preserving habitat for this species, as strategic grazing management is crucial to controlling their
Farming smarter - A soils project for the next generation
This project focuses on precision agriculture for pastures and working with the next generation of farmers to manage the risks
of acidification and hill-slope erosion in the eastern Riverina. Riverina Local Land Services will use soil testing on a paddock
scale in the topsoil (0-10cm) and subsoil (10-20cm) to measure soil pH and exchangeable cations. Precision agriculture
technology will be used to generate soil management maps and guide producers’ decisions on investing in lime and perennial
pastures on their properties.
This project for the next generation focuses on guiding decisions in terms of investing in new perennial pastures, liming acidic soils before sowing to new pastures and reducing the risk of wind and water erosion.
Boosting the Bunyip Bird Yield
Did you know that the Riverina is home to the largest population of Australasian Bitterns in the world?
It is recognised that about 500 Australasian Bitterns utilise rice crops over the summer months for breeding purposes.
Incentives are available to rice growers who provide additional and improved habitat on farm for this threatened species.