X marks the spot for Xantippe bushland

Steve and Leanne Carter have owned Xantippe Farms, a property spanning over 8000 hectares, for almost 30 years and are invested in preserving their land for years to come.

They have completed numerous endeavours funded by NACC throughout the years and most recently finished a 5km stretch of fencing to protect another 35 hectares of bushland on their property from livestock.

This bushland is particularly important, as not only does one section border a crown land reserve, it is in close proximity to both East Nugadong Nature Reserve and Snake Gully Nature Reserve.

The property is also near Lake Goorly and Lake DeCourcy, which are part of the Yarra Yarra Drainage Basin – a chain of about 4,500 salt lakes over 300 km. This Basin superficially resembles a river because it follows an ancient paleodrainage channel.

Adding to the wonderful fencing work already completed by Steve and Leanne is a section of revegetation that is being completed as part of their NACC agreement. This revegetation is located between two sections of bushland, creating a link between the two, helping to facilitate the movement of native wildlife.

Both the Nature Reserves and the Lakes are home to an array of native animals, and now their homes will be bigger and better as the Carters increase the amount of protected bushland within the landscape.

Vanessa Brown, Bushcare Officer at NACC, visited the property recently to inspect this completed fencing.

“Steve and Leanne are an asset to the Northern Agricultural Region, and the protected bushland on their property plays an important role in the health of the landscape,” she said.

This project is supported by the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

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