Connecting the Dots

Gary Cosgrove and his sons love their family farm – for a variety of reasons. And high among these is what their farm has to offer local native wildlife protecting it.

Grandview Farm is located just north of Three Springs. It features a  number of breakaways and waterways, which provide critical habitat for a wide variety of plant species and native fauna. This includes an array of declared rare flora like Acacia congesta subsp. cliftoniana, Acacia lanceolate, Acacia flabellifolia and Banksia borealis subsp. elatior.

Through NACC’s Biodiversity Program the Cosgroves have been able to protect and connect small parcels of remnant vegetation by amalgamating the patches into one large fenced-off area of more than 115 hectares.

NACC Natural Resource Management (NRM) Officer Jude Sutherland, who has been working with the Cosgroves, said: “It’s an impressive area, with an abundance of species of both flora and fauna.”

“By fencing off one large area, Gary has improved the native habitat and made it easier for wildlife to move between sources of food and shelter, and help preserve our region’s biodiversity,” she said.

Gary and his family have previously worked with NACC to improve waterways on the farm, and said he was:“ very keen to do future works in the same area to achieve land conservation outcomes and to capitalise on funds on offer through NACC’s Habitat Fencing Incentive.”

Other farmers interested in finding-out more information about how they can can protect their bushland, are asked to please visit NACC’s project page. NACC would particularly love to hear from land managers with Eucalyptus Woodlands on their property.

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

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