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.
Local farmers are continuing to seek and share information on ways to improve soil condition through trialing and adopting soil and grazing management practices. To help achieve this knowledge gathering and sharing, the Burnt Creek and Hughes Creek Landcare Groups, together with the Ruffy Grazing Group are visiting two local iconic properties, Kulaba and Habbies Howe.
The Regent Honeyeater Habitat Restoration Project is a landscape-scale community effort to protect and restore all significant remnants of native woodland habitat in the agricultural district of the Lurg Hills, near Benalla, Victoria.
‘Take the focus off the cattle and put it on the soil and pasture.’ This was the best advice Mick and Rowena Ellis received when they moved on to their lifestyle farm in Mansfield. The couple has worked hard to understand their soils and have used agronomists to support them in making changes to their paddocks.
The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA) is working with the Strathbogie Shire to address the rehabilitation of a section of the Castle Creek in Euroa following recent earthworks.
Broken Boosey and Whroo Goldfields Conservation Management Networks’ launch 2012 Photo Competition
Lake Drawdown attracts threatened bird species
Ken Sampson Memorial Scholarship awarded to Liz Mann
Wednesday 8 February 2012
A ballot was held today to determine which of the 249 projects submitted for funding through Round Two of the Farm Water Program will progress to the assessment and approval stage.
What is World Wetlands Day?
People across the Goulburn Broken region are urged to visit a local wetland to help celebrate World Wetlands Day. World Wetlands Day is celebrated internationally each year on 2 February and marks the anniversary of the Ramsar Convention signing in 1971. The international theme for World Wetlands Day 2012 is Wetlands and Tourism – a great experience. For more information on the Ramsar Convention and World Wetlands Day please visit the Ramsar website www.ramsar.org.
Wetlands in the Goulburn Broken Catchment
Over 2000 wetlands have been recorded in the Goulburn Broken Catchment and are a unique part of the landscape. They include small alpine bogs, floodplain billabongs, River Red Gum forests, large open lakes and shallow seasonal swamps.
Wetlands are among the most productive ecosystems on earth supporting distinctive plant and animal communities. Wetlands also perform many vital functions including water purification, erosion control, flood mitigation, nutrient recycling and groundwater recharge. Many wetlands in the Goulburn Broken region are also popular for tourism and recreational activities. These include Barmah National Park, Kinnairds Wetland, Tahbilk Lagoon, Winton Wetlands and Yea Wetlands.
World Wetlands Day Newsletter
So take the opportunity to get out and experience our wonderful wetlands.
Wednesday 1 February 2012
1 February 2012