Improving On-Farm Bodiversity and Drought Resilience Day at Gunnado

On the 2nd March some of our NACCers travelled to Streeties’ Gunnado Farm in Walkaway!

NACC came together with Alan Beattie of Noongar Land Enterprise Group (NLE), Madeline Anderson of Beemurra Aboriginal Corporation, Chloe Collard from Streeties, staff from Western Mulga, staff from Central Regional TAFE, and local Aboriginal Australian farming landholders to discuss the adoption of improved land management practices – reducing wind erosion, protecting and enhancing native vegetation, and on-farm biodiversity and building resilience to drought.

The day kicked off with a Welcome to Country from Derek Councillor of Daarrgi Naaguja, then it was time to hear from our speakers!

Madeline spoke about the restoration of soils at Yallalie Downs through rotational grazing of cattle and perennial pastures, as well as her family’s own personal journey at the farm.

Alan talked about the grower group he works with, comprised of six Aboriginal landholding groups, and the key enterprises on their farms such as a tree nursery, honey, bush foods, and native revegetation.

The group then ventured out to visit NACC’s Growing Great Ground native revegetation site at Gunnado, where we are working on 2.5 hectares of native biodiverse plantings under the Growing Great Ground project. NLE’s tree nursery Boola Boornap will be contracted to do the biodiverse native planting at Gunnado.

NACC’s very own Dr. Amanda Bourne gave a progress update on the Regional Drought Resilience Planning Program and led the group through a workshop to prioritise project ideas relating to drought resilience. On the top of the list were education and water use and conservation, youth employment, fire management, and soil health.

To wrap up the day, the group headed to Gunnado’s stunning camp ground and lookout!

This event was supported by NACC NRM through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program Growing Great Ground, and the Future Drought Fund’s Midwest Regional Drought Resilience Plan.

To learn more about either project contact Anna Cornell, our Sustainable Agriculture Project Officer at anna.cornell@nacc.com.au or by calling 0447 298 063.

Anna Cornell – Sustainable Agriculture Project Officer

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