Landcare Column: Controlling Erosion Focus of Workshops

Erosion control workshops will be held at various locations in the western catchment to help land managers minimise and control the effects of soil erosion.
Nanjing Night Net

Western Catchment Management Authority (CMA) Rangelands Rehabilitation Officer Paul Theakston said the workshops would include demonstrations using machinery in the paddock.

“Erosion along tracks and fence lines results in significant damage to infrastructure,” Mr Theakston said.

“Washed out tracks increase travel time and can cause damage to vehicles as well as reducing the effectiveness of fences and allowing animals into areas they would normally be kept out of.

“Erosion also disrupts natural run-off and reduces groundcover, so it is important that we find ways to build and maintain access tracks, firebreaks and fence lines and find ways to treat washouts and eroded fence lines.

“Effective techniques can save people up to 50 per cent of the cost and time it now takes them to maintain access tracks. Given the scale of western catchment properties, that can add up to a lot of time and money saved.”

Landholders must attend one of these workshops to be eligible to apply to the Western CMA for funding to undertake erosion control works.

The small group workshops will provide hands-on and practical demonstrations from facilitator, Darryl Hill. Mr Hill has more than 40 years of experience in land management and is well-known throughout Australia for his practical knowledge and experience using all types of earthmoving machinery.

Workshops include lunch and start at 9am at:

Cobar: ‘Bulgoo’ Wednesday, October 30

Bourke: ‘Ballycastle’ Friday, November 1

Ivanhoe: ‘Bushley’ Monday, November 4

Walgett: ‘Boorooma’ Thursday, November 7, start time 10amTo register to attend, landholders should contact their local Western CMA office or phone 1800 032 11 by October 21.

A grader operator repairing track erosion Photo: SUPPLIED

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