Ag production and the environment set to benefit following erosion control works

Western Local Land Services have teamed up with a local landholder to carry out some important erosion control works which will provide benefits in productivity and to the environment for generations to come.

The works, which involved creating waterponds using a banking machine towed by a tractor (grader also commonly used to construct waterponds) to rehabilitate scalded areas, were carried out by Rick Reid of “Kimbriki”, on 170 hectares of degraded Coolibah-Black Box Woodlands endangered ecological community.

During the final stages of works to construct the waterponds, Mr Reid spread saltbush and grass seeds to accelerate vegetation growth, thus further reducing the potential for water and wind erosion in future.

Mr Reid has previously carried out erosion control works on his property, and after seeing how the landscape responded following rain, is looking forward to seeing similar results with these works which were completed in early May.  

“The area in question was continually being eroded from heavy rain events and dust storms, the issue was just compounding,” Mr Reid said.

“Western Local Land Services were running programs targeting erosion control so we applied and were successful.

“Through the program, we’ve constructed waterponds which will ensure further degradation doesn’t occur. We plan to do further waterponding elsewhere on the property.

“We are very appreciate of the support from Western Local Land Services.”

For further information on this project or rangeland rehabilitation more generally, contact Western Local Land Services via an online enquiry form, by calling 1300 795 299 or for those on Facebook, via messenger.  

This project is supported by Western Local Land Services through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.  

Media contact:
Charlie Whiteley, Western Local Land Services, 0428 679 974.

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