Batten’ above average

If you have ever visited the stunning Chapman Valley, you’d know that East Yuna is a broadacre farming hotspot.

Its sandplains are home to vast swathes of farmland, which means with Wandana Reserve comprising such a large part of the remaining native vegetation in the area, protecting it and any other remaining native vegetation in the region is key to a sustainable and healthy farming future.

Kim Batten in front of his bush block.
Kim Batten in front of his bush block.

These sandy soils typically have naturally low levels of organic matter and if left without adequate vegetation cover, are highly susceptible to wind erosion.

That is why local farmer Kim Batten and his brother Jason have decided to fence-off a large strip of shrubland on their East Yuna property.

Thanks to support through NACC’s Habitat Fencing Incentive project, about 118 hectares of untouched bushland has been fenced-off to not only provide shelter for native fauna, but also to provide a wildlife corridor connecting Wandana Reserve with existing roadside vegetation.

Local NACC Natural Resource Management Officer Marieke Jansen said she was always amazed at the quality of some of the remnant vegetation in the region, and the sight of the dune ridges scattered through the landscape.

“This country just looks amazing in Spring when all the wildflowers are on display,” she said. “So it’s great to have farmers like Jason and Kim understand the importance of protecting bush for the health of soil, livestock, whole farms, and future generations,” she said.

Funding opportunities are still available for landholders to fence-off good quality remnant vegetation on their property.

If you are interested, please contact your local NACC NRM Officer for more information, or visit the Habitat Fencing Incentive page.

The project was proudly supported by Northern Agricultural Catchments Council through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

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