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Positive results continue from floodplain management project

Floodplain management demonstrationThe strong partnership between North Coast Local Land Services and WetlandCare Australia continues to achieve positive results with the Floodplain Management project on the Richmond River.  The partnership delivers projects that are achieving real outcomes for local landholders by delivering both improved farm production and on-ground biodiversity success stories.   

More than thirty farmers have been engaged through the project to restore over two hundred and fifty hectares of floodplain wetlands and open swamps while at the same time improving productivity for both farmers and fishers within the catchment.   More than thirty farmers have been engaged through project field events at demonstration sites, with some involved directly in restoring over two hundred and fifty of floodplain wetlands and open swamps.

The Richmond River Estuary has a large catchment including the towns of Lismore, Casino, and Ballina. The Estuary is highly valued by the community for primary production, tourism and recreation as well as supporting a rich biodiversity and environmental function.

'This is a long-term project with a vision of working with key stakeholders and landholders on the Richmond floodplain to improve the health and productivity of the Richmond River and its fertile floodplains.' said John Nagle, Senior Land Services Officer with North Coast Local Land Services.

WetlandCare Australia Senior Project Officer, Eli Dutton said, "Partnerships are important and information and engagement opportunities will continue to be provided by WetlandCare with local landholders encouraged to become involved with this project."

The two organisations have co-ordinated funding and expertise with the key floodplain partners: Richmond River County Council and NSW Department of Primary Industries (Fisheries). The project is supported by North Coast Local Land Services through funding provided by the Australian Government National Landcare Programme and Catchment Action NSW.

Landholders can find out more about projects in their local area by contacting Cassie Price, Regional Manager, WetlandCare Australia via email or telephone 1800 816 147. 

Media contact:           John Nagle, Senior Land Services Officer, NCLLS
                                              Phone 6623 3921

Photo caption:           Floodplain Management landholder demonstration