The review has highlighted some aspects of Caring for our Country that could benefit from further refinement, including the monitoring, evaluation, reporting and improvement framework and consultation around the setting of outcomes and targets.
To date, beef and sheep farmers have directly improved their land management practices through rotational grazing, pasture topping, feed supplements, introducing dung beetles and managing ground cover in times of drought.
Adoption of new management practices Through Caring for our Country, we provide funding to groups to build the capacity of farmers to adopt land management practices that will improve soil condition and on-farm biodiversity conservation.
Land class fencing—where specific soil or land types are separated by fencing to allow site-specific management—has proven very beneficial and, when combined with modified grazing practices, has been found to greatly increase the productivity and resilience of pastures.
Importantly, the project has brokered partnerships between government agencies, pastoralists and Indigenous communities that will form the basis for ongoing feral camel management. The project has adopted a Landcare approach, which includes encouraging the professional fishing community to consider new practices, technologies and methods aimed at improving the sustainability of their industry.
The demonstration sites incorporated sown and existing native species, depending on the soil type and landform. The plan will coordinate and prioritise the way the Australian Government collects, manages and uses environmental information. In Queensland, GhostNets Australia, together with Indigenous rangers, removed lost or abandoned fishing nets along km of coastline.
The program will focus on the key goals of a healthier environment, which is better-protected, well-managed and more resilient against the challenges of climate change.
Feral camels can move up to 70 kilometres a day and cooperation between adjoining landholders is essential for effective management. The regional natural resource bodies will remain central in delivering Caring for our Country, with a guaranteed share of program funds. Local group caring for our country business plan 2009 10 has been the catalyst for voluntary community engagement, understanding and action in the development and adoption of sustainable land management practices.
The availability of a nationally agreed, reliable and cost effective basis for measuring and mapping ground cover using satellite imagery is critical for the assessment of environmental targets relating to soil condition and land management in Australia.
The program included a fireweed control research project, which contributed to the addition of fireweed as a Weed of National Significance in — As well as using lucernes and perennial pasture mixes on more productive landscapes, farmers have expressed great interest in identifying and making better use of native perennial pastures on steeper slopes.
The initiative has improved links between current weed-spread prevention research and existing industry protocols to mitigate the spread of weeds. Two ABARES projects funded through Caring for our Country conducted national surveys of farmers in —11 to help understand the motivations for adoption of sustainable farm practices, the sources of information and advice used by farmers and the drivers of and barriers to management of native vegetation on agricultural land.
Sustainable management—natural resources—key performance indicators Key performance indicator. Business, communities and farmers around the country have cried out for clear national leadership in land management and environmental protection in the face of climate change.
In —11, all the relevant grantees completed these plans. Indicative locations where improving soil and land management practices to reduce soil loss from wind erosion will provide the biggest benefits Reducing soil loss through water hillslope or sheet and rill erosion — The data currently available for a national assessment of the extent of hillslope erosion are very limited; the hillslope erosion map prepared for the Caring for our Country Business Plans provides a very general guide to the extent and severity of hillslope erosion.
The funding will also enhance the collection of soils held in the National Soil Archive and help improve data governance and the development of data collection protocols for consideration by the NCST.
The facilitators link and support community Landcare and production groups involved in sustainable farming practices and natural resource management. We released the —13 business plan and an improved application form in December Landcare Landcare is a community-based approach that has played a major role in raising awareness of sustainable land management practices, influencing farming and land management practices and delivering environmental outcomes across Australian landscapes.
DAFF will be consulted in the course of developing this implementation plan. That is what Caring for our Country is all about. The MERI strategy underpins the best possible return on investment, as well as accountability and transparency in expenditure of public funds.
Community skills, knowledge and engagement Caring for our Country recognises that community groups play a vital role in managing and protecting our environment and productive land base.
Managing soil pH acidification — preliminary estimates suggest that soil acidification problems may be affecting more than 1. The figure below shows the dramatic difference land management decisions can make to ground cover and soil loss through wind erosion.
We held stakeholder meetings and an industry forum to gather views and information on key challenges and how these can be effectively addressed, including through an improved national investment framework. We provided funds to help monitor the impact of practice changes on the condition of the soil resource, including wind erosion and ground cover monitoring.
These maps and corresponding reports are available for download below. This plan sets out actions that natural resource management and primary industry agencies have agreed to deliver.
Implementation of the plan began in —11, with the endorsement of the Invest Implementation Plan.
It recognises that the previous system was not working efficiently, with funding scattered across the country to individual projects, often working in isolation from each other. Fifteen farmers supported each demonstration site and participated in site planning, decision making and management.
As the area of bare ground increases, there is greater risk of wind removing soil particles including soil carbon and nutrients as dust. The role also provides reports and advice to the minister and the department on the health of and opportunities for Landcare.e) developing a business plan to guide to investments; and f) reporting annually on outcomes of Caring for our Country.
The State is responsible for. Commonwealth to guide investment for and subsequent years (c) a single portal to streamline program delivery developing a business plan to guide investments (g) reporting annually on outcomes of Caring for our Country.
Commonwealth to report on and evaluate the outcomes of Caring for our Country investments. The Parties. Identification of land with a risk of acidification An analysis by Peter Wilson1, Jeff Baldock1, Identification of land with a risk of acidification 3 assessment developed for the – 10 Caring for Our Country Business Plan (Baldock et al.
) and outlines the methods used. FERAL EUROPEAN RABBIT (ORYCTOLAGUS CUNICULUS) Caring for our Country The Australian Government’s Caring for our Country Business Plan identified reducing the impact of rabbits as one of the priority areas for investment.
Invasive species are eligible for funding as an. Australian Collaborative Land Evaluation Program - final milestone report Figure 2 ASRIS Soil pH input to Caring for Our Country Business Plan see THE AUSTRALIAN COLLABORATIVE LAND EVALUATION PROGRAM ACLEP - Milestone Report • JuneVersion 5.
Through the Caring for our Country –12 annual business plan and Community Action Grants, around $ million was invested in projects in national priority areas. Support continued for the SeaNet project, for which we provided $ million over four years from –Download