Cape York

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    Grazing

    Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Enhanced Extension Coordination: Facilitated producer peer-to-peer groups

    Facilitated producer peer-to-peer groups have been established across the Wet Tropics and Cape York under the Enhanced Extension Coordination in Great Barrier Reef project. These groups have been put together to improve coordination and collaboration among producers and their larger networks and for members to build capacity to improve management of their farms though innovative learning approaches and the use of technologies to support on-farm learning.

    There are two groups in the Wet Tropics Atherton Tablelands area: The Next Generation Beef Producers Network and the Dairy and Beef Productivity Network servicing the Herbert, Johnstone and Barron River catchments. In Cape York there are three groups: Cape York Precision Agriculture Network (mixed cropping and horticulture), Normanby River Graziers Network and the Endeavour River Productivity Network (small-scale mixed farming). A number of producer-driven projects have been completed with many more still in the pipeline. Projects have included workshops on how to improve soil health using nutrient budgeting and increasing soil microbiology, holistic grazing strategies, Young Farmer Business Boot Camp and feral pig management, which is an on-going catchment-scale feral pig management program that has resulted in 137 feral pigs being trapped so far.

    Social outcomes and practice change outcomes have been reported as a result of these groups. For the pig trap installations and training workshop, there was significant engagement value in producers being involved in learning about the innovative technology and set-up. Workshop participants have adopted the technology of trap monitoring through camera to cell phone video with traps being set via text messages. The project has also encouraged producers to work together to solve catchment-scale issues and has given them the opportunity to install precision agriculture technologies with minimal risk of pig damage.

    For more information, please visit Cape York Natural Resource Management, South Cape York Catchments or Remarkable Natural Resource Management.

    Gully remediation at Spring Creek

    Spring Creek owner Wayne Smith demonstrating the flow of water directed by diversion banks through the newly constructed rock chute.

    Gully erosion causes significant amounts of sediment to enter Cape York waterways. Cape York Natural Resource Management (Cape York NRM) is partnering with landholders across the Normanby catchment to tackle gully erosion, thanks to funding from the Australian Government, delivered through the Reef Trust Phase IV program.

    Wayne Smith is one landholder who has been actively involved in the program. He owns and manages Spring Creek—a 3000 hectare pastoral holding 20 kilometres from Lakeland. Cape York NRM is working with Wayne to remediate areas on his property affected by gully erosion by fencing them off to exclude cattle and restoring ground cover to stop erosion. Wayne said he was very pleased to have the opportunity to improve the condition of his land and was motivated by the cost and time savings by partnering with Cape York NRM, as well as the environmental improvements these works would bring.

    “I also want to look after my land, as all farmers do. I want to look after the rivers and creeks. I want to be able to drive around my place and be proud of how it looks instead of seeing all this erosion. That pride of place is a big motivation for me.”

    For more information, please read this case study.