Improving biodiversity through grazing management in the Southern Gulf region

Southern Gulf Catchments worked with landholders to protect priority habitat areas in the Southern Gulf of Carpentaria catchments, as part of the Back on Track – Actions for Biodiversity project.

Three properties (Barr Creek, Mount Emu, Maiden Springs) received funding to complete four on-ground projects, which assisted in grazing management to protect species and habitat.  The total area of over 17,000 hectares directly benefited from these on-ground works. Each participating property was assisted and encouraged to enter further discussions with the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) about potential completion of an Nature Refuge Agreement.

The new turkey nest installed at Mount Emu to help manage stock grazing pressure along Porcupine Creek.

The new turkey nest installed at Mount Emu to help manage stock grazing pressure along Porcupine Creek.

Project objectives:

  • Increase the area of native habitat and vegetation managed to reduce critical threats to biodiversity
  • Use a range of on-ground methods such as fencing and additional stock water sources to protect vulnerable and fragmented habitats across the region
  • Enhance the condition, connectivity and resilience of habitats and landscapes
  • Protect key threatened species identified by Biodiversity Back on Track in the Southern Gulf including the ghostbat and red goshawk

Key achievements:

  • 17,193 hectares of native vegetation protected through improved grazing management and infrastructure development on 3 grazing properties in the Southern Gulf region.
  • Barr Creek Stage 1 – 1 bore equipped with solar power pump, 2 tanks and 4 troughs to manage grazing pressure across Woolybutt (Eucalyptus miniata) woodland and Mixed Eucalypt woodland on sandy plains. Both Regional Ecosystems are listed as ‘of concern’ by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.
  • Barr Creek Stage 2 – 1 bore equipped with solar powered pump, 2 overhead tanks and 2 troughs to further assist with managing grazing pressure in habitats listed as ‘of concern’.
  • Mount Emu  – 1 turkey nest (large earthen tank) installed with 1 poly tank, 10 kilometres of pipeline and 9.5 kilometres of fencing to manage grazing pressure on the riparian area of Porcupine Creek, immediately adjacent and upstream of Porcupine Gorge National Park.
  • Maiden Springs – 7.7 kilometres of pipeline with 1 tank and trough to protect 9,000 hectares of gorge country and natural springs located within the gorge system.

For further information on this project contact Larissa Lauder – Sustainable Grazing Project Officer, Southern Gulf Catchments phone 07 4743 1888 or email projectsupport@southerngulf.com.au.

Following improvements at Mount Emu, water is now drawn from this water hole in Porcupine Creek and pumped to the turkey nest and troughs away from the riparian zone.

Following improvements at Mount Emu, water is now drawn from this water hole in Porcupine Creek and pumped to the turkey nest and troughs away from the riparian zone.

 

Bores at Barr Creek are now equipped with solar powered pumps.

Bores at Barr Creek are now equipped with solar powered pumps.