Next round of incentive funding open for landholders
27 June 2019
Riverina and Murray Local Land Services are calling for landholders to join a project to renew the threatened Plains-wanderer population on the Hay plains and surrounds.
A package is available to eligible land managers which includes incentive measures ranging from pest and weed control, fencing, watering points, saltbush plantations, stock management areas and feeding infrastructure.
“The really good thing about this project is it marries what farmers are trying to do in terms of production and looking after their land, and habitat management for the Plains-wanderers - it’s a real big picture approach,” said landholder Carol Huggins, “Eurolie”, Hay.
“We all have our wishlist of things we’d like to do on our properties and being involved in this project has allowed us to actually make them happen,” Mrs Huggins said.
“For generations we’ve been gradually reducing grazing pressure on our farm and now we’re more able to do that, by looking at where watering points are located and managing where stock do and don’t go. We’re learning how to use our land better and that’s a win win for us and the Plains-wanderers.”
“There’s a lot of things that have to go right over the next few years for us to see a revival in the population, particularly rainfall, but I would love to see preserving habitat something that just becomes part of what we do as farmers so the Plains-wanderers can flourish.”
A key arm of the program is landscape baiting.
“In consultation with landholders we’ve mapped a large landscape totaling around 33,000 hectares that we bait for foxes. We have laid about 500 baits per month since October 2018 and they’re replaced monthly so it’s a very targeted approach,” said Project Officer Megan Purvis.
“Pest control serves a real dual purpose to those involved as it obviously benefits their livestock and the environment on their farms, but it’s also crucial for the survival of Plains-wanderers.”
Landholders interested in finding out more can contact Megan Purvis on 0428 941 061 or Cassandra Hooke on 0427 632 561.
This project is supported by Riverina Local Land Services and Murray Local Land Services, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program and the NSW Government’s Saving our Species program.
Media contact: Simone Norrie – Riverina Local Land Services – 0419 648 813
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