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Biodiversity celebrations in the Goulburn Broken catchment

Wednesday 28 July, 2010
Two special community events were held recently to celebrate the achievements of the wonderful partnerships between public and private land managers in the Broken Boosey and Whroo Goldfields Conservation Management Network (CMN) areas over the past 12 months.

Two special community events were held recently to celebrate the achievements of the wonderful partnerships between public and private land managers in the Broken Boosey and Whroo Goldfields Conservation Management Network (CMN) areas over the past 12 months.

In keeping with 2010 the Year of Biodiversity the Whroo Goldfields CMN held a Biodiversity Celebratory dinner featuring guest speakers' local landholder and McIvor Landcare Group president, Jason Hagan, and fox behaviour researcher from Charles Sturt University, Andrew Carter.

Jason spoke of the joint benefits for local land managers from the coordinated effort by the Whroo Goldfields CMN in fox baiting the region at one time.

"It is great to be a part of a coordinated effort targeting foxes over large amounts of land with both the private landholders and the government agencies working together for the benefit of both native fauna and primary producers at lambing time, it is a win-win all round." said Mr Hagan.

Andrew Carter, fox behaviour researcher from Charles Sturt University shared his knowledge at both events providing local landholders with a better insight into fox behaviour and how to better target fox control programs on their land.

"The one thing I would like people to take away with them is that bait placement has a great influence on the efficiency of a fox baiting program; landholders need to be aware that foxes have quirky habits that will affect whether or not they take baits. Also, old habits such as saturating the farms with baits is actually quite detrimental to the effectiveness of a baiting program." said Mr Carter

The Broken Boosey CMN celebrations were a longer event and featured lunch at "The Tin Shed" in Katamatite, a stroll along the Creek and presentations from guest speakers Andrew Carter, Gaye Sutherland, Goulburn Broken CMA Indigenous NRM Officer, Jo Wood DPI Wetlands audio-monitoring project, and a local landholder.

For more information on the Broken Boosey or Whroo Goldfields CMNs please contact CMN Coordinator Ms Janice Mentiplay Smith on 5761 1644 or email Janicem@gbcma.vic.gov.au

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