Collaboration to lead long-term Richmond River recovery
28 February 2019
North Coast Local Land Services recently secured Commonwealth and NSW Government funding to commence long term projects in the Richmond River catchment. The collaborative projects will deliver improved soil erosion, support agricultural productivity and improve catchment health.
The first of the projects to roll out is funded through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program. North Coast Local Land Services put forward a strong, competitive tender to become the authorised Service Provider in the North Coast region on behalf of the Australian Government in the Regional Land Partnerships component. The National Landcare Program supports vital on-ground agricultural and environmental projects that offer benefits to our farms, our environment, and our communities.
North Coast Local Land Services will work with farmers in the Upper Richmond and Wilson river catchments to implement sustainable agricultural practices and restore riparian vegetation. The Richmond catchment is a significant regional centre of agricultural production and working with the catchment’s farming community will grow a healthy environment while also growing farm productivity.
Project Manager Brendan O’Brien says the five-year project will focus on grazing industries, in particular dairy, and will have a positive impact on the Richmond’s soil management and water quality by supporting farmers to adopt erosion management and trial precision agriculture principles.
“Soil testing will identify nutrient variability within individual paddocks and we hope to highlight the benefits of accurate soil testing to decrease fertiliser costs and increase overall pasture production.
“Farmers will also be able to address soil erosion by better managing groundcover and native vegetation through engineering structures combined with native vegetation plantings and fencing, as well as off-stream water points to assist in livestock management.
“We are partnering with Conservation Volunteers Australia, Border Ranges and Richmond Valley Landcare, Soil Conservation Service, Subtropical Dairy and the Subtropical Dairy Far North Coast NSW Regional Group to improve farming practices across a very engaged group of farmers between Lismore and Old Grevillea,” Brendan said.
“These projects will help show other farmers how they manage and mitigate soil erosion.” Brendan said.
North Coast Local Land Services General Manager, Louise Orr, said “We have secured this long-term funding through an evidence-based and collaborative approach between government and community.
“Through our partnership approach we’re looking forward to making a real impact to improve the health of the Richmond’s productive soils and to the downstream water quality.”
For more information about the Regional Land Partnership project in the Richmond, please contact Brendan O’Brien, 6563 6709.
Media contact: Brendan O’Brien, North Coast Local Land Services, Phone 6563 6709.
Photo caption: Soil testing will identify nutrient variability within individual paddocks and highlight the benefits of accurate soil testing.