Three years later, the dozer work is paying dividends

Glenmore is a 207ha property on the banks of the Bowen River, near Collinsville. 

Jim took over management in 2003 and immediately set about addressing erosion issues. There were several large eroded gullies on the property which he began remediating by deep ripping along the contour. He also installed several dams and mechanically reshaped smaller gullies.

The aim was to trap overland flow, stop sediment, improve land condition and create a drought reserve.

Jim Hillier explains the work he did to tackle erosion problems on Glenmore Station.

Land condition has improved from D condition to C condition since the intervention work was completed.

Glenmore grazier Jim Hillier.

Stock was excluded to allow remediated sites to recover. Jim has also completed a Grazing Resilience and Sustainable Solutions (GRASS) plan and is rolling out a tailor-made action plan for land management, with a specific focus on improving ground cover.

Last month, NQ Dry Tropics carried out land condition assessments to see how remediation efforts were faring.

The good news for Jim is the land condition where he has been working has improved from D to C condition.

Sites have a good density of Queensland Bluegrass and Sabi Grass. The gully site on the bank of the Bowen River is well grassed and reasonably stable. The pasture consists largely of wiregrass, with some interspersed Queensland Bluegrass and Giant Speargrass. The groundcover is at 50-70 per cent.

Cattle were excluded from this paddock while it continued to recover from the gully remediation work.

Jim is pleased with progress, his focus is firmly on the long-term, to have high quality ground cover and pasture biomass and reduced runoff, a win to improving water quality in the local waterways.

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