On-ground works commence for rangeland rehabilitation projects

With the planning completed and projects scoped out, landholders are commencing on-ground works to repair and improve creeks and river floodplains on their properties.

The works, which are being carried out through Western Local Land Services’ Rangeland Rehabilitation Program, involve projects within the priority area of the Coolibah-Black Box Woodlands (CBB Woodlands) endangered ecological community.

The seven participating properties will carry out soil erosion works that will improve the condition of vegetation in the CBB Woodlands.

These properties are spread out along both the Darling River and the Great Darling Anabranch, starting from near Brewarrina in the north to west of Pooncarie in the south, something that greatly pleases Western Local Land Services Land Services Officer, Craig Anderson.

“Approximately 1,600 hectares (ha) of works are to be carried out which will help regenerate and protect the further degradation of around 3,000 ha,” Mr Anderson said.

“Obviously we have experienced some delays to on-ground works commencing with the restrictions in place for COVID-19, however we were able to commence the Aboriginal cultural heritage surveys toward the end of 2021 prior to earthworks commencing.

“We are looking forward to hitting the ground running from the start of this year which involves completing the remaining Aboriginal cultural heritage surveys and assisting our contractors in the construction of banks and waterponds which will help to preserve and rehydrate the areas incorporating these woodland areas.”

If landholders want further information about the Rangeland Rehabilitation Program they can contact Western Local Land Services on 1300 795 299 or via an online enquiry form.

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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