Galleries | Landholders Driving Change

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2021

LDC-MLA Integrated Weeds Management workshop

(34 photos)

Reef Regulations and Vegetation Management workshop

(13 photos)

Pasture Species ID workshop at Mt Pleasant

(16 photos)

2020

Community Update 2020 – field trip

(30 photos)

Beef, Buckles and Boots social event 2020

(9 photos)

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Preg testing and Herd Management Workshop

(12 photos)

Worona Station landscape
rehydration day

(17 photos)

Land Condition Assessment
Tool (LCAT) training

(11 photos)

Gully site
inspections

(9 photos)

Eungella soils and
pasture field days

(5 photos)

Scottville cluster
group field day

(10 photos)

PatchKey
training

(2 photos)

Ladies’ networking
events — via Zoom

(7 photos)

Eungella Rainforest Cluster Group

(12 photos)

 

Training: Bovine
ultrasound

(5 photos)

Accredited Chemical Training

(6 photos)

 

GRT Field Day – Eungella

(8 photos)

 

Clean and Inspect —
machinery hygiene training

(2 photos)

 

2019

Glen Bowen Station
gully remediation  begins

(13 photos)

Mt Wickham
Phase II begins

(6 photos)

Herd Nutrition workshop and
Normanby Rd cluster group

(18 photos)

Phosphorous – getting
the balance right

(8 photos)

Mount Pleasant Learning
Hub – open day

(13 photos)

Breeder Management school
at Sutherland Station

(8 photos)

LDC Midpoint
Social Event

(23 photos)

LDC Midpoint Update
BBB Bus Tour

(23 photos)

Low Stress Stockhandling –
Strathalbyn Station

(18 photos)

David Hardwick
soil health workshops

(25 photos)

Dr Christine Jones
BBB workshops

(29 photos)

Tackling Giant rats
tail grass workshop

(8 photos)

LDC Project Panel
Meeting – July

(12 photos)

John Day Technical Assessment –
BBB Gullies

(9 photos)

Filming on
location

(22 photos)

Herd Performance and
Pregnancy Testing Workshop

(24 photos)

Staff Training
2019

(11 photos)

Water Quality Monitoring
results feedback

(9 photos)

Workshop at
Weetalaba

(20 photos)

Shared Learnings –
Strathalbyn Station

(10 photos)

Scottville cluster
group

(10 photos)

Reef Regulations – standards for
grazing in the GBR catchment

(11 photos)

Darryl Hill workshops –
Eungella and Collinsville

(8 photos)

Policy roundtable
meeting

(10 photos)

Utilities and non-grazing
land managers workshop

(9 photos)

2018

End of Year social
get-together

(16 photos)

TropWATER
training trip

(11 photos)

Landholders Driving Change
project panel field trip

(17 photos)

 

Low Stress Stockhandling
Workshop

(9 photos)

RCS
Grazing Clinic

(9 photos)

Collinsville Biosecurity Forum

(11 photos)

Work begins – Mt Wickham Station

(17 photos)

BBB whoa boys project

 

(17 photos)

KEQ #1

Figure 1. Total fine sediment reduction by project type and erosion source. Inset shows the proportion of the total project area for each project type.

These estimates have been calculated using two methods: 

1) The pollutant reduction component of the Alluvium/Great Barrier Reef Foundation (GBRF) investment tool for hillslope and streambank erosion management projects; 

2) The Reef Trust Gully Toolbox method for gully erosion management projects. The LDC Water Quality Report 2020 (Waterhouse et al., 2020) highlights that a number of assumptions underlay these calculations, therefore these figures should be treated as the best available estimate of sediment reductions to date.

Preventing sediment from reaching the Great Barrier Reef

Each wet season sediment is washed into local waterways and out to the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). 

Most sediment is very fine, and can stay suspended for a long time and can travel great distances. Valuable topsoil is lost from production, and increased concentrations on the reef can be harmful to seagrasses and corals. 

Landholders in the BBB have completed 69 on-ground water quality practice changes, and it is estimated that these have contributed a fine sediment reduction of 6,154 tonnes per year from reaching the GBR. 

Of this, approximately half of the sediment savings are attributable to grazing land management changes on hillslopes and streambanks, and the other half as a result of gully remediation treatments across a broad range of scales, as shown in the graphs above. 

The table below also highlights the relatively small area of intervention in the gully management projects compared to the large sediment savings that these can achieve - 60 per cent of the sediment savings over only 4 per cent of the project area.

Table 1. Estimated sediment reductions (tonnes) from projects completed in the LDC Project to date.

KEQ #2

*GLMWW = Grazing Land Management Wire and Water

KEQ #3

*The Exploring New Incentives activity area has provided an opportunity for graziers to adopt improved land management practices through a range of activities. For some of these properties, it was the first time they signed contracts for on-ground works.

KEQ #4

The LDC project monitors four gully sites (represented in this table) with gold standard equipment and analysis, carried out by CSIRO.

Results have been compiled in a preliminary report from Bartley et al (2020), with the final report expected to be released by the end of 2020. The preliminary report shows all four sites have indicators of improvements, notably the Strathbogie and Mt Wickham sites.

KEQ #5

KEQ #6

KEQ #7
KEQ #8

 

Reef regulations - grazing, standard conditions

  1. For land in good or fair condition (more than 50 per cent ground cover at 30 September), continue using measures to maintain land condition.
  2. For land in poor condition (less than 50 per cent ground cover at 30 September), steps must be taken to improve land condition.
  3. For land in degraded condition (less than 20 per cent ground cover at 30 September), steps must be taken to improve land condition OR prevent areas from further degrading or expanding.
  4. Keep records of measures taken and also of agricultural chemicals, fertiliser and mill mud or mill ash applied to land.