Scottville success | Landholders Driving Change

Scoping the work to be done at remediation sites. This one is at John Robinson’s plot on Corduroy Creek Road. Pictured are, from left, LDC’s Matt Miles, Barry Collett, Queensland Solar Maintenance, Graham Gordon, Two Mile, DAF’s Bob Shepherd, LDC’s Rodger Walker, Glencore’s David Gullo and Carl Groocock, Todsure.

Scottville Mob makes light work with many hands…

THE ‘Scottville Mob’ has proven that working together can result in great outcomes.  The cluster group developed an action plan to remediate erosion features on their properties, pooled resources, and as a result, all on-ground work is complete.

The Scottville Cluster Group is made up up landholders from five properties – Hillview, Two Mile, Emohruo, Todsure, and Two Mile.

The  focus of the cluster group was to: 

  • remediate small scale gullies and other severe property erosion features to reduce soil erosion;
  • improve access to land management technical support, extension, education, knowledge and on-ground learning opportunities for small landholders and community of the Scottville-Collinsville area; and
  • support landholders and the wider community to validate solutions for smaller scale erosion features.

DAF principal extension officer (grazing land management) Bob Shepherd provided expertise to help the cluster group develop cost-effective designs to remediate gullies and other property erosion features to reduce soil erosion.

Works included surface water diversion banks, installation of  rock chutes and gabion baskets, reshaping of erosion areas, and seeding topsoil on reshaped areas.

All on-ground works were carried out by local contractors.

Glencore provided in-kind support through sharing expertise and knowledge in landscape remediation techniques, and also provided the majority of rock for the rock chutes.

Projects undertaken by cluster groups are crucial for NQ Dry Tropics’ LDC project because they link to improved quality of water that leaves the properties. Remediation of erosion features, along with improvements in grazing land management and surface water management on-property will reduce erosion and sediment entering local waterways.

Installing gabions at Emohruo Station.

Remediation work at Hillview Station.

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