Rural Landholder Initiative offers free landholder field days again in 2017

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Lismore City Council’s Rural Landholder Initiative – a major project under the Biodiversity Management Strategy – continues in 2017 with five more free field days for landholders.

The field days are designed to help local farmers, growers and lifestyle landholders to network and meet others facing similar issues and challenges on the land and learn techniques for best-practice methods that aid biodiversity, production and farm health.

“Since the Rural Landholder Initiative was launched in 2015, we have held 12 field days attended by more than 350 landholders and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive,” Environmental Strategies Officer Vanessa Tallon said.

"Our first field day for 2017 is for graziers and dairy farmers, and we will look at some very innovative farming techniques, from koala and fox detection dogs to using drones and virtual fencing. We are meeting on the property of a local landholder on the banks of Leycester Creek where these techniques are helping to transform the once-degraded riverbank property and improve the health and profitability of the farm itself.”

All field days are free, and morning tea and lunch is included. Please RSVP to 1300 87 83 87 and Council will let you know the location.

Grazing Technology and River Restoration Field Day

Saturday, 8 April, 9am-2pm, South Lismore

Local graziers, dairy farmers and landholders on the floodplain throughout Lismore are invited to a practical demonstration of riverbank restoration at a property on Leycester Creek. We will discuss weed control techniques, species selection and approaches for revegetation with time for questions about your project. Koala and fox detection dog ‘Jet’ from Reconeco will demonstrate innovative detection techniques. Staff from Local Land Services, Conservation Volunteers and V2 Aerial Photography will also present information on the use of technology for farm efficiency such as drones and virtual fencing.

Macadamia Orchards and Biodiversity Field Day

Friday, 19 May, 9am-2pm, Whian Whian

Join local macadamia growers and graziers working to improve soil health, productivity and manage native habitat and pest animals on their properties in the upper catchment. Hands-on advice about soil carbon and soil health as well as discussion on ways to improve koala corridors through farms and orchards, and planning successful bush restoration projects. Landholders seeking help with wild dog management will be interested to see a demonstration of options from ‘Tracs’ professional contractors and Local Land Services staff.

Rural Farmland Ecology Field Day

Friday, 30 June, 9am-1.30pm, Tuncester

Join ecologists and bush regenerators on an informative tour of a grazing property on a spur of the Caniaba plateau, a landscape with both wet and dry forest types and unique ecological features. There will be practical demonstrations of woody weed control techniques and remote camera equipment for wildlife and wild dog management, as well as traps for Indian myna control. An earlier start for bird watchers is on offer but RSVPs are essential.

Practical Property Planning Field Day

Thursday, 3 August, 9am-1.30pm, Jiggi

Farmers, graziers and rural landholders are invited to a fourth generation grazing property to see property planning in action. Topics covered will help you identify natural resource priorities (soil, water, vegetation) on your own property and plan management actions to achieve long and short term goals. Using this property as a case study, experts from a range of organisations will discuss why and how you can start a plan, how to estimate costs of fencing and revegetation, and how to access funding. Whether it is making improvements to grazing management, weed control or improving biodiversity, a property plan is a good land management tool that deserves attention.

Rural Lifestyle/Landholders working together for Biodiversity Field Day

Saturday, 7 October, 9.30am-1.30pm, Terania Creek

Rural landholders in the upper catchments are faced with a range of issues when looking after small to medium-sized lifestyle blocks. Fast-growing weeds, creek bank erosion, and habitat fragmentation are a few issues impacting across property boundaries. This field day will demonstrate how a group of neighbours are working together to restore degraded rainforest areas and control weeds across their boundaries. Professional bushland regenerators will be available to discuss options for restoration, including no and low-chemical techniques. Koala habitat restoration is also occurring amongst the neighbourhood and the group is keen to share the experiences of the work they are doing.

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