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The future of our region lies in the health of our soil

Thursday 8 December, 2005
The Goulburn Broken Soil Health Strategy Summary was launched today during a workshop on the future of soil health in the region.

The Goulburn Broken Soil Health Strategy Summary was launched today during a workshop on the future of soil health in the region.

The summary outlines soil health issues, the extent of the decline in soil health and strategies to reduce the rate of further degradation.

During the past 150 years, soil health in the Catchment has rapidly deteriorated. While this can be a natural process, farming practices and human impact have accelerated erosion, salinity, sodicity, acidity, soil structure decline, reduced soil biodiversity and lowered soil resilience.

Soil health is one of the key environmental issues the region faces today.

The Goulburn Broken Catchment’s current production value is about $7.8 billion each year but as soil health declines so does the capacity for production.

In 2002, the Goulburn Broken Soil Health Steering Committee was formed to develop a draft Goulburn Broken Soil Health Strategy for the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority. The summary of this document, sponsored by Incitec Pivot will be distributed to educate landholders and the wider community.

Landholders and the community participated in the workshop to establish a program for implementing the Goulburn Broken Soil Health Strategy over the next two to three years.

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For more information contact Anna Humphris at Impress Publicity 58 212 651 or anna@impresspublicity.com.au