Neighbours tackle border gully together… and succeed

A partnership between neighbouring properties has resulted in effort on one property to halt gully expansion, to benefit both. We visited the site to see how remediation efforts were faring following the wet season.

The benefit of having a good neighbour is they can brainstorm a solution that benefits both parties. This is the case for owners of Hellsgate and Desmond stations, near Collinsville.

An active gully head was advancing into Hellsgate from neighbouring Desmond. Owners of Desmond agreed to a drop structure, a rock chute and a bund wall to be installed on the active gully head in a catchment area of 31.3ha.

Works were carried out by local contractors Colls Earthmoving, based on a design by NQ Dry Tropics engineer Daniel Hazelman. We took a peek to see the result. The works held up during the wet season, and groundcover is improving.

This project was supported by two projects, the Landholders Driving Change project, funded through the partnership between the Australian Government’s Reef Trust and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, and the  Stomping Out Sediment project, funded through the Australian Government’s Reef Trust.

Joint delivery activities with other NQ Dry Tropics programs provides synergies and encourages a wider range of implementation options and practical support for landholders.

A drop structure, a rock chute and a bund wall were installed to stop the gully advancing.

Hay was used to kick-start the vegetative cover needed to ensure the stability of the bund wall. The bund is pictured left before the hay was applied and after it received a good soaking on the right.

Before work started (above), the work in progress (below, left) and the spectacular result after one wet season (below, right).