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Floodplain Farming in the Richmond River catchment

Floodplain property in the RichmondNorth Coast Local Land Services is continuing an important project designed to protect the Richmond Floodplain.  The project, managed by WetlandCare Australia focuses on floodplain infrastructure modification to improve soil health and pasture productivity, as well improve floodplain habitat for native species.

The Richmond Floodplain Management Project, funded by the National Landcare Programme, continues many years of hard work and expenditure on the Richmond floodplain by landholders, North Coast Local Land Services, WetlandCare Australia, Department of Primary Industries and Richmond River County Council.

Claire Hewitt, Senior Land Services Officer said, "North Coast Local Land Services is pleased to continue our important partnership with WetlandCare and to provide funds from the National Landcare Programme toenable WetlandCare to continue working with landholders on the Richmond floodplain.

"Previous project work has seen increases in productive pasture species and improved water management on many properties, plus benefits to many native species," she said.

Eli Dutton of WetlandCare Australia said, "We are looking for landholders who wish to make improvements to their rural properties on the Richmond floodplain, in Ballina, Richmond Valley and Lismore local government areas.

"Properties need to contain floodplain infrastructure, for example, drainage channels, floodgates, culverts, or have creek frontage."

If you want to learn more about the project, North Coast Local Land Services and WetlandCare Australia are running a field day on Thursday 27 November at 360 Bungawalbin-Whiporie Road, Bungawalbin.

The field day will include presentations from project partners and experts in soils, floodplain productivity and water management. Fresh, local produce will be served for lunch.

If you are interested in attending the field day or think you may have a suitable floodplain property for the project, please contact Eli Dutton by email at elidutton@wetlandcare.com.au or call 1800 816 147.

Media contact:          

Claire Hewitt, Senior Land Services Officer 6623 3924

 Photo caption:          

Floodplain property in the Richmond catchment