Funding boost for conservation and land management

The SA Arid Lands NRM Board has secured funding for a number of projects across the region, through the second round of the Australian Government's National Landcare Program (NLP). This includes conservation and land management programs across the SA Arid Lands region.

In the current round of NLP2 funding, the SA Arid Lands NRM Board has won up to $10.1million to deliver four projects ranging from one to five years. SAAL NRM staff will be working with NRM Groups, landholders and communities to deliver the projects which include:

Bounceback and Beyond – five year project

This project consolidates and builds on the conservation gains made through coordinated landscape scale threat management across the Flinders, Gawler and Olary Ranges achieved by the long-running Bounceback Program. It will focus on improving conservation outcomes for a greater number of threatened species across a broader range of threatened species habitat, including the Yellow-footed Rock-Wallaby, the Western Quoll, Malleefowl, the Plains Wanderer and the Spotted Gudgeon.

Control of feral cats and foxes as known predators is key to the project, along with reducing competition from feral goats. Data gathered through animal surveys over the five-year project will inform on whether effective management of predators at landscape scales improves residency and detectability of the threatened species in arid regions.

Threatened plant species assessments will also occur and track long-term trends for the Slender Bell-fruit, Menzell's Wattle, Purple-wood Wattle, Xerothamnella parvifolia, Spidery Wattle, Ooldea Guinea-flower and West Coast Mintbush and will assess the threat posed by introduced herbivores in goat managed versus unmanaged areas.

Coongie Wetland Wonders – five year project

The project will protect environmental values of the Coongie Lakes recognised through the Ramsar Wetlands Agreement. This will include protecting the habitat of endangered animals such as the Dusky Hopping Mouse, and Crest-Tailed Mulgara, as well as maintaining diversity of native fish species in the waterholes. Monitoring of the populations of species will also be carried out along with acoustic surveillance to determine the presence of the Night Parrot.

The funding will see invasive weeds including Mimosa Bush treated. Pest animals including feral pigs and large feral herbivores will also be controlled to reduce damage to waterholes and vegetation. Read more in the media release here.

Landscape Legacies – one year project

Successful stories of soil rehabilitation will be recorded and shared in this one-year project. The collection of historical data to capture stories from sites where soil management works have occurred over the past four decades is a key component of the project. This will provide land managers with key information of tried and tested soil management works on arid properties prior to starting or expanding their own projects. Read more.

Grazing Best Management Practice - four year project

This industry-led program is expected to be delivered from July 2019 for 48 months. It will provide industry-led performance benchmarking for improved sustainability and profitability in the South Australian pastoral zone.