National Landcare Program

Riverina Local Land Services currently has four projects funded under the Australian Government's National Landcare Program.

Each project is unique and eligibility for landholders to take part will depend largely on location.

Our Project Officers welcome any questions and are always open to discussing projects with you so please get in touch if you'd like further information.


Reviving Riverina's Malleefowl

The Riverina was once home to the largest known Malleefowl population in NSW. Riverina Local Land Services is working with local landholders and managers to help protect/restore Malleefowl habitat and investigating ways to increase Malleefowl numbers, through the Reviving Riverina’s Malleefowl project.

Click here to view the latest fact sheet on this project.

If you are a landholder who thinks you may have Malleefowl, Malleefowl mounds or Malleefowl habitat on your property, we would love to hear from you! Please contact Project Officer Ben Watts on 0429 468 851 or ben.watts@lls.nsw.gov.au


Bringing the Plains-wanderer back from the brink

The Plains-wanderer is a small ground dwelling bird found only in the sparse native grasslands of the Riverina. Plains-wanderers have suffered a decline in numbers over the last couple of decades and they are now classed as Critically Endangered.

Plains-wanderers require specific habitat conditions, with the right amount of groundcover density and grass height.

Landholders play a key role in preserving habitat for this species, as strategic grazing management is crucial to controlling their ideal habitat.

This project is supported by Riverina Local Land Services and Murray Local Land Services, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program and the NSW Government’s Saving our Species program.

Click here to view the Plains-wanderer habitat management guide.

If you are a landholder interested in this project, please contact your closest Project Officer:

  • Landholders near Griffith and Carrathool - contact Megan Purvis (0428 941 061) Riverina Local Land Services
  • Landholders near Hay and Booroorban - contact Cassandra Hooke (0427 632 561) Riverina Local Land Services
  • Landholders near Jerilderie - contact Megan Purvis (0428 941 061) Riverina Local Land Services


Farming smarter - A soils project for the next generation

This project focuses on precision agriculture for pastures and working with the next generation of farmers to manage the risks of acidification and hill-slope erosion in the eastern Riverina. Riverina Local Land Services will use soil testing on a paddock scale in the topsoil (0-10cm) and subsoil (10-20cm) to measure soil pH and exchangeable cations.

Precision agriculture technology will be used to generate soil management maps and guide producers’ decisions on investing in lime and perennial pastures on their properties.

This project for the next generation focuses on guiding decisions in terms of investing in new perennial pastures, liming acidic soils before sowing to new pastures and reducing the risk of wind and water erosion.

If you are a landholder interested in this project, please contact Project Manager Lisa Castleman (0427 201 963).


Boosting the Bunyip Bird Yield (Australasian Bittern)

Did you know that the Riverina is home to the largest population of Australasian Bitterns in the world?

It is recognised that about 500 Australasian Bitterns utilise rice crops over the summer months for breeding purposes.

Click here to view the guide to growing Bittern friendly rice.

If you are a landholder interested in this project, please contact Project Officer Anna Wilson (0428 964 785).