New South Wales

Free Tuncester field day looks at rural farmland ecology

Lismore City Council’s next Rural Landholder Initiative event is a Rural Farmland Ecology Field Day at Tuncester on Friday, 30 June 2017.

The Rural Landholder Initiative is a major project of Council’s Biodiversity Management Strategy that is designed to help local farmers, growers and lifestyle landholders restore biodiversity on private land. The field days provide an opportunity to meet others landholders, chat to experts and learn new techniques for best-practice farming.

“The field days are free, we provide lunch and there is no doubt that you will learn something new and meet people facing similar challenges,” Environmental Strategies Officer Kate Steel said.

“The value of networking and sharing ideas to improve practices cannot be underestimated. Plus we provide a range of information and practical demonstrations from experts in different fields. It’s a really valuable opportunity to learn how you can restore biodiversity on your property and also how that can translate into improved farm profitability.”

The Rural Farmland Ecology Field Day includes an informative tour of a grazing property on a spur of the Caniaba plateau with ecologists and bush regenerators.

There will be practical demonstrations of woody weed control techniques and remote camera equipment for wildlife and wild dog management, as well as traps for Indian myna control.

An earlier start for bird watchers is also on offer as the property boasts an abundance of birdlife. To RSVP phone Council on 1300 87 83 87 and staff will advise of the location.

Other Rural Landholder Initiative Field Days still to come in 2017 are:

Practical Property Planning Field Day

Thursday, 3 August 2017, 9am-1.30pm, Jiggi

Farmers, graziers and rural landholders are invited to a fourth generation grazing property to see property planning in action. Topics covered will help you identify natural resource priorities (soil, water, vegetation) on your own property and plan management actions to achieve long and short term goals. Using this property as a case study, experts from a range of organisations will discuss why and how you can start a plan, how to estimate costs of fencing and revegetation, and how to access funding. Whether it is making improvements to grazing management, weed control or improving biodiversity, a property plan is a good land management tool that deserves attention.

Rural Lifestyle/Landholders working together for Biodiversity Field Day

Saturday, 7 October 2017, 9.30am-1.30pm, Terania Creek

Rural landholders in the upper catchments are faced with a range of issues when looking after small to medium-sized lifestyle blocks. Fast-growing weeds, creek bank erosion, and habitat fragmentation are a few issues impacting across property boundaries. This field day will demonstrate how a group of neighbours are working together to restore degraded rainforest areas and control weeds across their boundaries. Professional bushland regenerators will be available to discuss options for restoration, including no and low-chemical techniques. Koala habitat restoration is also occurring amongst the neighbourhood and the group is keen to share the experiences of the work they are doing.

Source: Lismore City Council