Environment and Community Advisor – Glencore
Topic: Erosion and rehabilitation strategy: Collinsville Open Cut Mine.
Topic: Whole of business management including infrastructure improvements and changes to land management practices to improve productivity and water quality.
LDC’s Land Management Support Coordinator Rodger Walker explains work in progress during the bus tour of some participating BBB properties.
Annual community event, a
chance to showcase LDC
Each year in September LDC holds a community event to showcase the project’s achievements, and to outline the next phase of activities.
The day provides an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss project progress and to share ideas and lessons learned about the project’s integrated and collaborative approach to deliver a suite of interventions and management efforts at a catchment scale to improve water quality and long-term sustainable land management.
This year, 43 people, including graziers, scientists, engineering, mines and technical experts joined the BBB tour on two busses and 59 people attended the dinner.
They visited the following sites:
- Glen Bowen: on-ground large-scale gully remediation works.
- Todsure: on-ground small-scale gully remediation works.
- Sonoma: on-ground remediation works and grazing land management.
- Havilah: discussion on characterisation and prioritisation of gullies in the BBB and how this work led by Griffith University will inform strategic investment in gully remediation in the future.
The day ended with the Beef, Buckles and Boots function, a social event to thank stakeholders and the BBB community for supporting the LDC project.
Host of the ABC’s iconic Landline program Pip Courtney was guest speaker at the event.
Dr Rebecca Bartley
CSIRO Land and Water
Topic: LDC gully remediation water quality results and broader gully monitoring context.
Topic: LDC project involvement through the Scottville Cluster Group (small-scale landscape remediation and grazing land management).
Nichole Zara and Tom Crow
Coordinator and project officer for Pioneer Catchment & Landcare Group
Topic: Involvement with the LDC and the project’s impact to the Eungellan and Crediton region.
Jane Waterhouse, Senior Scientist, C20 Consulting.
Topic: Background and design of the Major Integrated Project (MIP), locally known as Landholders Driving Change, and water quality priority in the BBB.
LDC is a unique project that has demonstrated good outcomes in regard to working with people to achieve water quality outcomes. It would have been impossible without grazier involvement. There’s no silver bullet, and no one solution, so the emphasis has been on providing tailored efforts.
James Allen, Senior Design Engineer, Neilly Group.
Topic: Gully remediation site design and implementation. Neilly Group designed and managed the remediation works carried out on Glen Bowen.
It has been an excellent opportunity to be able to trial a range of ameroliation methods to help build knowledge about approaches and cost-effectiveness. Working with committed and engaged landholders means we’re all learning from one another.
Coordinator NRM – Whitsunday Regional Council
Topic: Feral animal, pest and weed management outcomes latest report.
Dr Zoe Bainbridge, Research Fellow, JCU TropWATER.
Topic: LDC community water sampling and results.
The LDC Community Water Quality Monitoring Program has been a truly collaborative project between TropWATER, NQ Dry Tropics and BBB landholders, and we’ve really enjoyed being a part of it.
Brett Scott, Grazier, Flagstone
Topic: Involvement with the LDC project and how it has led to improved water distribution and pasture management.
The strength of LDC is that it has offered landholders a wide range of opportunities and activities to improve their business, and knowledge and skills. We have been encouraged to come up with things that we want to try and the team has been there all the way to help.
Jason Carter, Principal Project Manager, Alluvium
Topic: Involvement with the remediation of LDC gully sites.
It’s so important to share what worked well and what didn’t. There’s no shame in saying something didn’t work. That’s what’s unique about this project, there is opportunity to trial a wide range of interventions and share the results with all stakeholders on-site.
Garlone Moulin, Grazier, Mt Pleasant
Topic: LDC project involvement and the Learning Hub purpose.
I’m proud to be part of the project as a grazier representative on the project panel and as a participant with the Learning Hub. I haven’t seen a better program out there that’s trying to bring all types of folk together to learn from one another.