'How does my pasture grow?' is a question many farmers ask, and if they are not they should be! We see what's happening on the surface of pastures, but to check out what is going on underneath in the soil, we need to get down and dirty. That's exactly what farmers from the Strathbogie Ranges will be doing at an upcoming field day.
The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority's (CMA) Beyond SoilCare project together with the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is hosting a soil pit day on 28th May 2012 to look at the nuts and bolts of soil management. The soil pits will be at the site of the Strathbogie Alternative Fertiliser Trials, established by the Strathbogie Tableland Landcare Group.
Nominations are being sought for the 2012 Landcare Awards in the Goulburn Broken catchment. Local Landcare Groups, Networks and individuals will be honoured, at a dinner in August, for their dedication to natural resources projects and efforts to maintain sustainable land management practices.
The Whroo Goldfields Conservation Management Network (CMN) held their annual Biodiversity Celebration recently at the Whroo Historic Reserve, near Rushworth.The event was titled 'Breakfast with the Birds', with the theme being the wonderful birds we have in the Box Ironbark forests. A bird watching walk in the forest attended by 53 people was followed by a sumptuous cooked breakfast at the Rushworth Shire Hall, provided by the Rushworth Lions Club.
The Goulburn Broken Catchment is set to benefit from over $2.1million of funding allocated to community natural resource management projects.Funded by the Victorian State Government, the Communities for Nature Grants are a new $20 million program over 4 years. Eleven community groups in the Goulburn Broken Catchment have been successful in receiving funding in the first round of the Community for Nature Grants with amounts varying from $599,640 for a four year project focusing on woodland birds in the Broken Boosey area to $4,350 for environmental weed removal from Sunday Creek.
The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA) is currently undertaking assessments of past projects undertaken with landholder's to assess damage from recent flooding.
The local Tatong Community and Hollands Creek will benefit from the recent announcement of further funding to continue works to protect the endangered Macquarie perch and enhance stream health.
The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA) and the Benalla Rural City Council (BRCC) are encouraging the local community and visitors to assist in the identification of Cabomba populations and report back to the agencies.
Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority's (CMA) Regional Landcare Facilitator Steering Committee for Sustainable Farming toured Ian Dickson's Biodiesel farm plant in Longwood recently.
A series of significant rainfall events in late 2010, early 2011 and more recently in late February 2012 led to extensive and prolonged flooding across parts of Victoria. The Corop Lakes area was one of the regions to experience flooding during these periods.
The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority's (CMA) Flood Employment Program (FEP) continues to deliver outstanding results, benefitting local rivers and wetlands now and into the future.
Irrigators and land managers from the Macalister Irrigation District in West Gippsland were recently hosted by the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA) in a tour of northern Victoria to gain a better understanding of irrigation, drainage and salinity control methods in the region.
On Saturday 31st March 2012, 50 farmers toured two local and iconic farms, 'Kulaba West', Seymour, and 'Habbies Howe', Highlands. The farm tour was organised by the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA) through the 'Beyond SoilCare' project with terrific support from the Burnt Creek and Hughes Creek Landcare Groups.
Modernisation of the irrigation network and funding for on-farm efficiency works are a "blessing" for Goulburn-Murray farmers, according to Katunga's Bill Gread.Mr Gread received funding through Round 1 of the On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program (OFIEP) to carry out laser grading, fast flow and automation works on 18.2 hectares of land at his 172 hectare Katunga cropping operation.
More than 150 on-farm irrigation projects have been given the green light through Round 2 of the Farm Water Program.