The Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC) is pleased to advise that we have been selected by the Australian Government through the National Landcare Program to deliver the Regional Land Partnerships (RLP) program within the Northern Agricultural Region.
This will enable NACC to continue working in partnership with the land managers, local community, Landcare groups and Traditional Custodians to ensure our agricultural lands, threatened species and natural ecosystems are valued and resilient.
The RLP program marks a significant change in the delivery of NRM in the Northern Agricultural Region. Previously NACC received grant funding to undertake NRM projects in the region, but earlier in 2018 NACC tendered to the RLP open tender and was successful in being awarded the contract for delivery of RLP services from 1 July 2018.
Under these new arrangements, NACC has been contracted to deliver the following NRM services in the Northern Agricultural Region Management Unit:
- Gnow or Never: Supporting Communities to Save Malleefowl: A five year project which aims to secure Malleefowl populations in the wild, engage local communities in its conservation, and encourage the local community to identify with it as a flagship for threatened species conservation. A priority initiative of this project is to restore landscape protection and connectivity between the arid shrublands and salt lakes in the east – to the Shark Bay World Heritage Area in the north. This project is linked with other Malleefowl projects across Australia aiming to increase the quantity and quality of habitat for the Malleefowl in particular reducing fragmentation. This project will also work with Aboriginal Australians and key stakeholders to manage monitoring sites for the National Malleefowl Monitoring Database.
- Search and Rescue: A partnership approach to translocations and monitoring for Scaly-leaved Featherflower: This one year project (ending 30 June 2019) will see NACC and its delivery partners monitor known habitat for the threatened Scaly-leaved Featherflower and survey for additional populations. The project aims to halt the decline and improve the conservation and recovery of existing populations through securing new wild populations, undertaking feral pest control and safeguarding genetic diversity through seed collections and storage.
- Supporting Smarter Farms: Improving Land Use Management in the NAR: This project will involve an initial planning phase in which NACC will develop and trial a market based instruments (MBI) framework which will focus on supporting landholders to implement actions which will contribute to reduced soil acidity, increased potential for soil organic carbon and increased on-farm native vegetation and biodiversity.
- Regional Agricultural Landcare Facilitator (RALF): As part of the Core Services to be delivered under RLP, NACC is required to have at least one RALF in the Management Unit. Given the vastness of our region, NACC made the decision to employ two part-time staff. Over five years, these two staff will work together to increase the awareness and uptake of sustainable agriculture practices in the region. A strong emphasis of this role will be working to engage and inform landholders, community groups and agricultural industries about emerging ideas, relevant information and activities which can contribute to improved sustainability, productivity and profitability on-farm.
NACC General Manager Katherine Allen said “Our new operating environment presents new challenges, but we are excited about the opportunity that we have -, to continue to catalyse community conservation in the NAR”.
If you would like any more information about information about these projects please contact our office on 9938 0100 or via email on [email protected]