Publications

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  • Indigenous Management
  • Junee Area Landcare Network
  • Kyeamba Valley Landcare Group
  • Landcare
  • Media and Communications
  • Monitoring
  • Native Vegetation
  • Native Wildlife
  • Pest Animals
  • Revegetation and Restoration
  • Soil Management
  • Tarcutta Valley Landcare Group
  • Technology
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  • Wagga Wagga Urban Landcare Group
  • Weeds
  • Woodlands
  • Youth and Schools

Beneficial arthropods in the farm landscape

This presentation was developed by Phil Bowden of MLi. The presentation covers the importance of beneficial insects and other invertebrates in farming systems. Included are photographs of common ‘good bugs’ for ease of identification, advice on how to encourage them, and where to go for more information or to purchase commercially-available species.

Community Champions of the Murrumbidgee region

Young people from three unique townships within the Murrumbidgee Council area have created this book over the last twelve months. Students from Darlington Point, Coleambally and Jerilderie connected with community members to increase their knowledge of their local area and build a higher level of appreciation for the place in which they live. The youth…

Cost of treeguard options

A summary of indicative prices of various tree guard options, including individual tree guards, groves and tree lines. A useful guide to help work out what will be the most cost-effective option when planning your revegetation works.

Fact Sheet 01: Preparing and Planting a Revegetation Site

This Fact Sheet explains the steps involved in planting a revegetation site, from ground preparation and weed control through to planting tips and follow-up care. Good preparation and management can help minimise seedling losses and encourage healthy plant growth.

Fact Sheet 02: Nest Boxes

This Fact Sheet explains why, where and how to install a nest box, along with details on monitoring and maintenance of nest boxes. Nest BoxesDownload

Fact Sheet 03: Planting in Bushfire Areas

This Fact Sheet provides suggestions for landscaping in bushfire areas, with reference to vegetation placement, continuity, maintenance and species selection.

Fact Sheet 04: Establishing a Shelter Belt on your Farm

This Fact Sheet describes the role and benefits of shelter belts, and provides information on various design considerations, including location, height, length, continuity, width and orientation.

Fact Sheet 05: Soil Biology

This Fact Sheet explains the beneficial role that soil organisms play; describes the key features of microflora, microfauna, macrofauna and mesofauna; and gives useful tips on how to encourage beneficial organisms in your soils.

Fact Sheet 06: Critical Threats to Native Vegetation

This Fact Sheet explains the key threats to native vegetation, and the actions landholders can take to help protect native vegetation on their own properties.

Fact Sheet 07: Propagating Native Seedlings

This Fact Sheet provides handy hints on seed collection and germination of various native plant species.

Fact Sheet 08: Creating a Healthy Farm Dam

This Fact Sheet provides information to help landholders transform an existing farm dam into a healthy ecosystem, with benefits for livestock and the local environment.

Fact Sheet 09: Paddock Trees

This Fact Sheet describes the importance of paddock trees, threats they face, and ways in which landholders can help protect paddock trees.

Fact Sheet 10: Flora and Fauna on Farms

This Fact Sheet summarises the findings and recommendations from a series of flora and fauna surveys conducted through Murrumbidgee Landcare’s Cross Property Project.

Fact Sheet 11: Frogs on Farms

This Fact Sheet describes some of the species of frogs found in the south-west slopes region, and the ways in which we can help protect their habitat.

Fact Sheet 12: Conserving Reptiles in Agricultural Landscapes

This Fact Sheet describes the results of recent research into the impact of tree plantings on native reptiles, and the importance of granite outcrops.

Fighting for Fungi!

A description of the important role fungi play in our native ecosystems, as well as information on foraging for fungi.

Flora and Fauna Surveys

In spring 2013, 30 flora and fauna surveys were conducted across 24 farms of land holder’s involved in the Cross Property Planning project. Dr Fiona Christie (University of Melbourne) was engaged to undertake formal bird surveys, while Alison Elvin (Natural Capital) was engaged to complete the flora surveys. The aim of the surveys was multi-purpose:…

How to make and use seed bombs

Seed bombs (or seed balls) are made from a mixture of clay, compost, seeds and water. The clay in the seed balls helps protect the seeds from being taken by predators, and also helps to retain moisture once it becomes wet by rain, which germinates the seeds. The compost supplies nutrients for the establishing plant.…

How to use a Remote Wildlife Camera

Remote cameras are a useful way of surveying animals which are typically hard to spot, and have the added advantage of minimal interference with the animal. This handy guide explains how to set up and use the cameras, as well as how to download your photographs. Murrumbidgee Landcare has two remote wildlife cameras which are available…

Local Landholder Case Studies

This book features 20 case studies on landholders who were involved in Murrumbidgee Landcare’s Cross Property project. Each landholder talks about their reasons for choosing to be involved in the project, the NRM work they have undertaken on their property, and their top tips for integrating conservation and biodiversity on their farms.

Low Cost Erosion Control: Case Studies in the Kyeamba Valley

Produced by Kyeamba Valley Landcare Group, through the project “Slow the Flow: Erosion Control in the Kyeamba Valley”, funded by the NSW Environmental Trust. This booklet gives a background to the history and process of erosion in the Kyeamba Valley, and provides ‘how-to’ guides for over ten low-cost erosion control structures which landholders can install…

MLi Forum 2011

Presentations from the MLi Forum, “Looking back, moving forward”, held on 26-27 October 2011 at Ladysmith, are available to download below. Groundwater Management and Salinity Control Carbon Sequestration and Management Preserving Biodiversity at the Landscape Level Progress in Natural Resource Management

MLi Forum 2012

Presentations from the MLi Forum, “Re-valuing our Rangelands”, held in Hay on 7-8 August 2012, are available below.

Native Seed Collection & Planting Guide

For the Kyeamba Valley region and surrounds Collecting and germinating local seed is a great way to grow plants for revegetation. It is also a rewarding and enjoyable activity! The information in this guide will give you some tips to get started. The guide includes a seed collection calendar, targeted at the Kyeamba Valley region.…

Pests in Cropping Systems

This presentation by Murrumbidgee Landcare’s Phil Bowden describes the good, the bad and the ugly of crop pests! Information is included on the life cycle of some key pests, the main causes of pest outbreaks, and some recent research on new ways to control pests.

Pop-up Grant Report: Dhangaang Bush Tucker Garden

Hay Public School, 2018 The students and teachers at Hay Public School used this grant to create a space where members of the school and the wider community can experience indigenous plants and culture. The name Dhangaang was chosen from the Wiradjuri language, and means food.

Pop-up Grant Report: Engaging the Next Generation

Petaurus Education Group, 2018 This project was aimed at commencing the establishment of a Junior Landcare program across the Riverina. A series of activities were held to connect primary and high school students on themes involving natural resource management, sustainable agricultural practices, biosecurity and cultural heritage understanding.

Pop-up Grant Report: Peppin-Shaw Ewe Flock Forum

This grant supported the Peppin-Shaw Ewe Flock Forum, a two-day event where Merino sheep breeders came together for a bus tour to visit properties in the Hay region. The tour was supported by a series of presentations from keynote speakers, with a focus on the topic of the potential uses of drones in pastoral regions…

Pop-up Grant Report: Raising the Profile of Landcare

Wagga Wagga Urban Landcare, 2017 Wagga Wagga Urban Landcare used this grant to purchase a range of promotional material for the group. The aim was to provide a platform to promote the good work undertaken by Landcare in the area, engage and educate the wider community, and encourage greater community participation in Landcare events.

Pop-up Grant Report: Tidy Trees Workshop

Hay Country Women’s Association, 2017 The Hay CWA organised this workshop with the aim of upskilling the community in the essentials of maintaining backyard trees through pruning, with a focus on both native and ornamental/fruit trees. The correct use and maintenance of equipment was covered, and the workshop also detailed appropriate control of fruit fly.

Pop-up Grant Report: Trial “Creative Catchment Kids” Program

Hay and Darlington Point Public Schools, 2018 This project involved students from the two schools visiting local farms in their regions to profile these farms in case studies highlighting the successful agricultural production and Landcare practices of local landholders. The finished case studies were made into books available to the school in hard copy, and…

Preparing for Bushfires

Bushfire Survival Checklist This handy one-page checklist, developed through Murrumbidgee Landcare’s Women on Fire project, lists the key actions to undertake before, during and after a bushfire emergency. Edit our basic checklist to produce your own, ready to stick on the fridge or some other prominent location! Useful Resources This flyer has links to to…

Revegetation and Regeneration at “Oakville”

In July 2021, Hay Plains Landcare hosted the third day in a series of four Seasons of Seed workshops: Direct seeding and planting, at Oakville, Conargo. This workshop allowed participants to observe the benefits of native vegetation and habitat corridors for production and conservation. Participants learnt the different methods of direct seeding and planting, with…

Revegetation Guide for Hay and surrounds

This comprehensive guide covers all you need to know about revegetation in the Hay region and surrounds! Topics covered include: The native plants and plant communities found in the Hay region Preparing and planting a revegetation site Seed collection calendar Seed collection and treatment Direct seeding Weed management Download here – Revegetation Guide for Hay…

Silverleaf Nightshade – Best Practice Management Manual

This manual aims to provide a comprehensive reference for silverleaf nightshade management in Australia. Sections 1 and 2 provide summary and background information. Section 3 provides practical and specific management advice for a range of situations. Parts of Section 3 may be combined by managers to construct a customised plan for their individual situation. Section…

Streambank Erosion

About 60 people attended the Streambank Erosion Workshop held in Tarcutta on 12th September. Hosted by Murrumbidgee Landcare Inc in partnership with Tarcutta Valley and Kyeamba Valley Landcare Groups, the aim of the workshop was to provide landholders with a range of ideas and practical solutions and for dealing with streambank erosion. Engineering Solutions for…

Swift Parrots: Conservation of a precious species

This article describes these important but threatened birds, including how to identify them, where they live, and how to help conserve them.

Threatened Species of the Riverina Education Program

Education Package   Endangered Western Riverina Birds      Murrumbidgee Landcare Inc with the support of Riverina Local Land Services offer this education package of Endangered Riverina Birds.  Overview   Schools can find out about the Threatened Riverina Bird education package via the Murrumbidgee Landcare Inc Website. They can access resources about 3 Threatened Bird species…

Using Photopoints for Monitoring

This brochure provides a description of how to set up a photopoint site, to take repeated photo’s over time as a way of monitoring changes to your site. Produced through the Monaro Landscape Connectivity project.

Wah Wah wildlife: From tanks to troughs

Recovering water for the environment and improving efficiency of water use are critical in the Riverina, but what about the wildlife that have come to rely on the systems of old? In 2011, the Wah Wah Stock and Domestic Pipeline project was confirmed. This converted an extensive channel system north of Hay to reduce water…

Wild about wetland birds

Get to know the birds who live in and around our wetlands,

Yanco Biodiversity Field Day

Together with the Biodiversity Conservation Trust, Murrumbidgee Landcare recently held a BioBlitz with students from Yanco Public School. The children learnt about native birds, vegetation, habitat and other fauna in and around the wetland located near the school.   This field day was funded through the “Partnering in Private Land Conservation” project, funded by the…

Zara Conservation Sandhill

In December 2020, Hay Plains Landcare Group hosted a field trip to the renowned Zara Conservation Sandhill. The event was led by Martin Driver, an Ecologist and Project Manager with the Australian Network for Plant Conservation and owner of Conargo property “Barabool”. The field trip provided information on native plant management and identification, promoted the…

  • All
  • Agriculture
  • Bushfire
  • Education
  • Grazing and Pastures
  • Hay Plains Landcare Group
  • Junee Area Landcare Network
  • Kyeamba Valley Landcare Group
  • Mental Health
  • Revegetation and Restoration
  • Tarcutta Valley Landcare Group
  • Video
  • Youth and Schools

Identification of native pasture species

This video was taken on a 400ha property in the Neville NSW area. This property is found on undulating country with a maximum elevation of 960m and a normal annual rainfall of 800mm. The main soil types found in the area are red earths, yellow earths, yellow soloths/yellow podzolic soil intergrades, and red and yellow…

Revegetation and Regeneration at “Oakville”

In July 2021, Hay Plains Landcare hosted the third day in a series of four Seasons of Seed workshops: Direct seeding and planting, at Oakville, Conargo. This workshop allowed participants to observe the benefits of native vegetation and habitat corridors for production and conservation. Participants learnt the different methods of direct seeding and planting, with…

Zara Conservation Sandhill

In December 2020, Hay Plains Landcare Group hosted a field trip to the renowned Zara Conservation Sandhill. The event was led by Martin Driver, an Ecologist and Project Manager with the Australian Network for Plant Conservation and owner of Conargo property “Barabool”. The field trip provided information on native plant management and identification, promoted the…

After fire comes recovery: Life in a farm dam

In January 2020, much of Batlow and surrounding areas were badly burnt. This included the farm of David Waters, our Local Landcare Coordinator for Bidgee South. Heavy rain followed on the bare, burnt earth, and Dave was worried that his dam – and the family of platypus that lived there – would suffer. But the…

Landcare and Gotcha4Life: New video

Gotcha4Life’s founder and chairman Gus Worland and CEO Tim Hodgson speak with Landcare NSW CEO Dr Adrian Zammit and our very own Regional Landcare Coordinator, Nicole Maher, about the new partnership between the two organisations to build rural mental fitness. The conversation is particularly timely with suicide rates expected to increase in regional areas and…

Why does my hamburger taste SO good?

The South Wagga Public School Drama Llamas are an extra-curricular group of budding actors, writers and directors (and the occasional drama-queen) that meets weekly to satisfy their dramatic urges. With little Landcare experience, but oodles of enthusiasm, nine Drama Llamas and their intrepid leader, Tim Harris, rushed at the opportunity to work on the Landcare…

Champions of Change: Farmers and their Paddock Trees

2016 Funded by NSW Environmental Trust Murrumbidgee Landcare has launched a new video featuring some of the inspiring work being done by farmers to arrest the decline in paddock trees and nurture future generations. The humble paddock tree is a familiar sight across the farming landscape. Often hundreds of years in age, these landscape giants…

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  • Agriculture
  • Biodiversity
  • Climate
  • Connectivity
  • Cropping
  • Dam Management
  • Erosion and Degradation
  • Governance
  • Grazing and Pastures
  • Indigenous Management
  • Landcare
  • Media and Communications
  • Mental Health
  • Monitoring
  • Native Vegetation
  • Native Wildlife
  • Revegetation and Restoration
  • Rivers and Wetlands
  • Soil Management
  • Teaching resource
  • Threatened Species
  • Woodlands
  • Youth and Schools

“Get Australia Growing” report, National Farmers Federation

The economic crisis caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has inflicted enormous damage on Australia’s economy. Agriculture and regional Australia have a critical role to play in restoring Australia’s prosperity, and the National Farmers Federation (NFF) is recommending simple steps that government can take to get Australia growing. Get Australia Growing was created by the NFF…

“Hop into frogs” teaching resource

Hop into Frogs has been created by Corowa District Landcare for students and educators in the Corowa region to support frog-related learning opportunities and experiences in schools. It is tailored to the local environment and local frog populations. Hop into Frogs provides students with a real-life application while encouraging the exploration of wider environmental issues…

15 Ways to Help Wildlife, by WIRES

WIRES (NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service) has been rescuing and caring for native animals for over 30 years, assisting tens of thousands of native animals every year.This book invites interested community members to explore some of the many easy ways you can help wildlife. It is the hope of WIRES that every Australian…

A History of Landcare NSW

This report documents the history of Landcare NSW since its formation in 2007. A professional historian, Virginia Macleod, was engaged to undertake research and with input from staff and volunteers of Landcare NSW.The book contains the observations and stories of a number of people involved in the formative years of Landcare NSW, with the hope…

Aboriginal cultures: Sharing, connecting and practising

ABC Education, in partnership with Nalderun, have created this digibook celebrating the resilience of Aboriginal Australian cultures, which are believed to be the oldest continuous living cultures on Earth. The colonisation of Australia led to many Aboriginal people being forcibly removed from their land and denied the opportunity to practise their cultures. But Aboriginal cultural…

ANU Sustainable Farms – Podcasts

Sustainable Farms has a program of podcasts featuring short, engaging chats about the research being conducted by the team. Episode One: Talking about Sustainable Farms (Michelle Young). Director of Sustainable Farms, Michelle Young, talks about why the project has been established and its key goals and activities Episode Two: Talking about Farm Dams (David Lindenmayer).…

Benchmark Study of Innovators

This report provides the results of comparisons between 10 grazing innovators and more conventional neighbours from properties across three catchments in NSW – the Murrumbidgee, Lachlan and Central West. The innovators selected had practiced rotational grazing for more than 5 years, while the comparisons were made across fence lines to the paddock on a neighbour’s…

Biodiversity in the Paddock

A land manager’s guide, highlighting the value and role of native pastures for commercial production, and in maintaining native biodiversity and healthy landscapes. Produced by the Future Farm Industries CRC, 22 pages

Birds of Box Gum Grassy Woodlands

This video series features information, pictures and calls of a range of native bird species found in different habitat elements of the Box Gum Grassy Woodlands of our region. Produced through the Communities in Landscapes project, Ground Dwellers (8 minutes) Shrub Dwellers (7 minutes) Hollow Nesters (10 minutes) Canopy Dwellers (24 minutes)

Change in the air: Defining the need for an Australian agricultural climate change strategy

This report highlights the serious threat which climate change represents to the viability of Australian agriculture. The authors stress the need for a successful national strategy for climate change and Australian agriculture, which must be underpinned by research, development and extension to enable systemic adaptation and identify the priority gaps where action and strategic policy…

Checking for Change

This practical guide provides landholders and project managers with helpful techniques to check whether sites newly managed for conservation are on track to improve. The key to the techniques outlined in the guide is a shift in perspective from looking up at the trees, to looking down to the soils, grasses and wildflowers in the…

Collecting and caring for seed from Australian native plants

The reintroduction of species into the landscape relies on seed collection for plant propagation and direct seeding. Rivers of Carbon and Greening Australia have worked together to put together this handy guide based on their Florabank Program, covering things you need to think about when collecting, propagating and storing native seed. View the guide online,…

Conservation Management Notes

These short, informative guides are for landholders interested in learning about the habitat on their properties. Produced by the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage, 4 pages each Seed Collecting describes the steps in collecting, cleaning and storing seed, as well as tips for ethical and sustainable collection. Assessing Wildlife Habitat describes key habitat features…

Conservation of Woodland Birds

This attractive brochure describes the species of birds typically found in different habitat elements of Box Gum Grassy Woodlands, including hollow nesters, ground dwellers, shrub dwellers and canopy dwellers. It includes useful photographs to assist with identification. Produced by the Grassy Box Woodland Conservation Management Network, 2 pages

Creating a Frog-Friendly Habitat

This guide takes landholders through the steps of creating habitat for frogs. It includes structural aspects of pond and non-pond habitats, and useful plant species lists. It is useful for rural property owners, and also schools and urban residents. Produced by ACT Frogwatch, 8 pages

Cultural burning as an agent of renewal

By Gib Wettenhall. Reproduced with permission from em Press Publishing. Aboriginal mosaic burning  once patterned the entire continent, as vital, intricate and connected as the scales on a crocodile’s back or the feathers on an eagle’s wing. At a traditional Aboriginal-style mosaic burn in autumn last year, 30 of us were counter-intuitively removing logs and large sticks within…

Dispersive Soils and their Management

This detailed manual explains how to identify dispersive soils, outlines erosion issues commonly associated with dispersive soils, describes how to minimise erosion risk in areas with dispersive soils, and also talks about erosion repair. Produced by the TAS Department of Primary Industries, 40 pages

Do you know your night birds?

Nocturnal birds are elusive, mysterious and often less well understood than their day-active cousins. They are essential regulators of food webs as predators of mammals, birds, frogs and invertebrates. Adaptations to nocturnal life such as exceptional eyesight, hearing and a good sense of smell, give this special group of birds unparalleled hunting prowess. A fantastic…

Economic Benefits of Native Shelter Belts

A summary of the benefits of native shelter belts for agricultural productivity, biosecurity, landscape and land value. Produced by the Basalt to Bay Landcare Network , 10 pages

ErinEarth School Vegie Patch Guide

Produced by Erin Earth, 5 pages This handy guide describes the activities associated with the vegetable garden at Erin Earth in Wagga. The ErinEarth vegetable patch is based on permaculture principles of no dig, with only a fork being used to loosen soil and incorporate fertiliser, without turning the soil. This allows microorganisms to flourish…

Erosion Control Field Guide

This helpful guide covers several low-cost erosion control structures, including one rock dams, rock mulch rundowns, Zuni bowls and media luna structures. Produced by the Quivira Coalition (USA), 10 pages

Erosion Repair Factsheets

These guidelines help landholders identify the causes of, and design solutions to, gully erosion and streambank erosion on their properties. Produced by SEQ Catchments Members Association Inc, 4 pages

Farm Dam Handbook

An excellent booklet describing the key features of farm dams, and how best to manage the different zones in terms of livestock impacts, water quality, vegetation and native wildlife. Produced by the Hawkesbury-Nepean Catchment Management Authority, 44 pages

Farm Profitability and Biodiversity: Graziers with better profitability, biodiversity and wellbeing

Produced through the Australian Government’s National Environmental Science Program, 91 pages The box gum grassy woodlands ecological community has declined by approximately 92% from their natural extent, largely due to decades of clearing and nutrient enrichment associated with efforts to improve productivity and profitability of agriculture. However, a community of practice of producers (self-styled regenerative…

Fenced but not forgotten: A guide to the ongoing management of conservation areas

Central West LLS, 56 pages The first step to conserving native vegetation and habitat is often to fence off the vegetation so that the area can be managed as a separate unit and grazing can be controlled. While protective fencing is important, it is not a simple case of ‘fence and forget’. Having a fence…

Getting Started in Social Media

This manual is a guide for members of the Landcare community who are either thinking about starting to use social media, or who have been using it for a while but would like to learn more. It covers the key platforms of Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. Produced by Landcare Australia, 23 pages

Grasslands and Grassy Woodlands of the ACT and NSW

This beautiful poster shows lovely illustrations of a selection of bird and plant species found in the grasslands and grassy woodlands of the ACT and NSW. On the reverse side is information about the woodlands, and details of each of the species represented in the poster. Produced by the NSW Department of Environment and Education,…

Grassy Box Woodlands – Videos

These videos were originally available through the Grassy Box Woodlands Conservation Management Network site. Web of Life – Biodiversity for Kids Web of Life was awarded a Special Prize in 2002 at the prestigious Sondrio Film Festival in Italy for showing the relationship between humans and nature. Web of Life documents the diverse and rich…

Groundwork and the nature of organising: A practice guide

Written by James Ede and Rowan Simonsen, 34 pages A new resource is available on ‘Groundwork and the Nature of Organising – a Practice Guide’. The principle of Groundwork Practice is applicable to Landcare at all levels when seeking collaboration and establishing projects including on-ground projects and designing the new coordinator program.  Groundwork is setting…

Guide to Managing Box Gum Grassy Woodlands

This is an excellent resource, providing a comprehensive coverage of Box Gum Grassy Woodlands and their management. The book is clearly laid out to enable landholders to go directly to sections of interest, or to target areas of concern for your property management. Produced by the Australian Government’s Caring For Our Country Program, 156 pages

Guide to Successful Grant Writing

A guide to help you understand the process and jargon associated with applying for funding assistance. Developed by RDA Australia, 15 pages

Gully Erosion Assessment and Control Guide

South East Local Land Services, 36 pages This guide is designed to help landholders understand the basics of gully erosion and its control. The guide steps readers through the process of identifying if a gully is actively eroding and the severity of the erosion, and discusses common management options. The management options provided address existing…

Healthy Soils

This fact sheet series describes the basics and benefits of soil health. Farming using soil health principles and systems, such as no-till, cover cropping and diverse rotations, can help to increase soil organic matter and improve microbial activity. Results can include sequestering more carbon, increasing water infiltration and improving pollinator habitat – in addition to…

Indigenous (Wurundjeri) Plant Use

Produced by the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub, The University of Melbourne, 44 pages This booklet contains information about indigenous plant use, including the medicinal, nutritional and technological use of plants (such as traps, nets and weapons) developed over many, many millennia by Australia’s First Peoples. Where possible, information is also included about the…

Jewels in the Landscape

A guide to managing very high conservation value ground‑layers in Box Gum Grassy Woodlands. Produced by CSIRO, 52 pages

Junior Landcare Curriculum Teaching Resources

Junior Landcare has created a number of educational resources to encourage young people to participate in Landcare activities and build a closer connection with the land. These teaching resources are all aligned to support the Australian Curriculum. More information is available on the Junior Landcare website. How To Guides These guides are designed to provide teachers…

Kinking and J-rooting in Eucalyptus root-stock

Discussion paper by John Baker, Hovells Creek Landcare Group Hovells Creek Landcare Group (HCLG) has been implementing a NSW Environmental Trust-funded paddock tree project in recent years, which has seen the Group plant more than 2,000 paddock trees. The Group’s Deputy Chair, John Baker, has been managing the project and in addition to producing five…

Land and Soil Capability

A useful guide to classifying land and soil capability on your property, with tips on how best to manage your landscape in respect of these classifications. Produced by the Central West CMA, 36 pages

Landcare in your School

A teacher’s guide to incorporating Landcare into schools, with ideas for actively engaging students not only in learning about the environment, but seeing environmental issues face to face, and participating first hand in its protection and enhancement. Produced by the Hawkesbury-Nepean CMA and Greening Australia, 148 pages

Landcare NSW Annual Report 2018/19

Landcare NSW released its 2018/19 Annual Report at its AGM in late November 2019. The full Annual Report can be read here, covering the achievements of the organisation and the Landcare community over the past year. Below is the Chair’s Report, by Stephanie Cameron. Chairs Report and Introduction by Stephanie Cameron: 2019 marked 30 years…

Landcare NSW Strategic Plan 2021-2022

The Landcare NSW Strategic Plan 2021-2022 has been developed in consultation with the NSW Landcare community, with input and guidance from Landcare NSW Musters, Landcare NSW Council, Executive Committee and staff. Read the full Strategic Plan here. Landcare NSW is the peak body for community Landcare in NSW, representing the interests of around 60,000 Landcarers and approximately…

Life in a Woodland Tree

This beautiful poster describes the many native animals which utilise the various parts of mature woodland trees, including the canopy, flowers, hollows, bark and fallen timber. Further information is available on the associated pages of the ANU Fenner School website. Produced by the ANU Fenner School, 1 page

MIA Native Plant Communities

An information guide to the major native plant communities of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area. Produced by Murrumbidgee Irrigation, 2 pages

Native Bee Hotels

A simple guide to building a bee hotel, to provide alternative nesting sites for bees in areas where habitat is lacking. Plus the added bonus that they’re fun to make and add a quirky feature to your garden! Produced by Narrandera Landcare Food Garden, 4 pages

Native seed collection: Field data sheet

When collecting native seeds, it is important to record as much information as you can, especially if you wish to sell the seed, or store for long periods of time. This Field Data Sheet is a handy resource to record all the important information for each species you collect during a seed collection activity.

Nest Boxes for Natives

This information sheet describes the importance of tree hollows to provide shelter for native birds and animals. It then outlines the role of nest boxes, and their recommended design and placement. Produced by Birds Australia, 6 pages

New article on the history, distribution and drivers of loss of the NSW TSR network

A new article by Peter Spooner and colleagues at Charles Sturt University, titled “The New South Wales Travelling Stock Route and Reserve (TSR) network: Historical extent, spatial distribution and drivers of loss 1884–2017”, has been published in the Australian Geographer journal. The paper documents the original extent of the New South Wales TSR network and changes during…

Parrots of the lower Lachlan Valley

A fantastic new resource on the Glossy Black Cockatoo, Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo and Turquoise Parrot has been released by Lachlan Fold Wildlife Action Group. The resource includes an education package for teachers (NSW Stages 1 to 3), fact sheets on the three parrot species and an online presentation that includes audio, video and an interactive…

Planting your patch: A guide to revegetation on your property

Local Land Services (2016), 52 pages This guide covers the process of planning, planting and maintaining a revegetation site on your property. It includes details on site selection and design, species selection, planting methods, ground preparation, watering and weed management .

Planting your patch: Guide to revegetation on your property

Revegetation is a valuable and rewarding way to increase native vegetation and replace some habitat features on your property, when natural regeneration is not effective. It can also improve the aesthetics and, in some cases, the productivity of a property. However, revegetation is expensive, generally costing around $2,500 per hectare to plant and fence a…

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  • Biodiversity
  • Bushfire
  • Coolamon Landcare Group
  • Dam Management
  • Drought
  • Eastern Riverina Landcare Group
  • Education
  • Erosion and Degradation
  • Grazing and Pastures
  • Hay Plains Landcare Group
  • Indigenous Management
  • Junee Area Landcare Network
  • Kyeamba Valley Landcare Group
  • Lachlan Fold Wildlife Action Group
  • Livestock
  • Mental Health
  • Murrumbidgee Field Naturalists
  • Narrandera Landcare Group
  • Native Vegetation
  • Native Wildlife
  • Revegetation and Restoration
  • Riverina Highlands Landcare Network
  • Rivers and Wetlands
  • Soil Management
  • Tarcutta Valley Landcare Group
  • Technology
  • Threatened Species
  • Wagga Wagga Urban Landcare Group
  • Weeds
  • Yanco Creek and Tributaries Advisory Council (YACTAC)
  • Youth and Schools

Case Study LP67 – Landcare and Council: It works well in Wagga!

Establishing and maintaining a partnership with Council, businesses and community groups can be of great benefit to a local Landcare group. Wagga Wagga Urban Landcare and Wagga Wagga City Council run several events each year in partnership, allowing us to share the tasks associated with organisation, promotion and delivery, and resulting in activities which have…

Case Study LP59 – Kids and devices: Using them for good, not evil!

We all know that getting kids off their devices is an impossible challenge. So when Wagga Wagga Urban Landcare was asked to provide an outdoor activity for up to 40 high school students, we knew that we would be competing with 40 mobile phone distractions. On top of that, out activity would be on the last…

Case Study LP58 – Enhancing farm landscape understanding

The farming sector experiences a perpetual challenge in optimizing property health and productivity, due to the tendency for individuals to prioritize personal goals over environmental considerations. Successful farming hinges on understanding one’s land and working with its inherent qualities, rather than imposing predefined plans. The key challenge is fostering a shift in perspective, enhancing farmers’ comprehension…

Case Study LP56 – Fire recovery at Reedy Creek Park

After the Black Summer Bushfires of 2019-20, the community of Batlow were left with a massive rebuild and the repercussions of being hit hard by this catastrophic event. Reedy Creek Park is an entry to town and the site of ongoing community plans. Landcare Bushfire Project Officers were able to jump in on the conversations…

Case Study LP55 – Bushfire recovery support in the Riverina Highlands

Following the Black Summer Bushfires of 2019-20, Landcare took on the task of trying to protect one of the only known populations of Grevillea wilkinsonnii from wildfire, whilst still providing the right kind of fire for this isolated population to thrive. Factors to consider include the lifecycle of the species, the fire history and how tolerant…

Case Study LP54 – Opening of the Narrandera Murrumbidgee Landcare office

Murrumbidgee Landcare predominantly operates from decentralized home offices or leased desk spaces within other organizational premises. This distributed operational model poses a challenge in establishing a distinct and readily accessible public-facing presence for the organization. The solution involved securing a prominent shop front in Narrandera, strategically positioned at the heart of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area.…

Case Study LP53 – Platy-project: Citizen scientist

Did you know that there are only about 300,000 platypuses remaining in the wild? And that they mostly come out during dusk and dawn? The platypus, an elusive creature, is facing a rapid decline in numbers, placing it at risk of extinction. To address this critical situation, it is imperative to rally individuals together with…

Case Study LP52 – Hay celebrates National School’s Tree Day

The last Friday in July each year is dedicated to National Schools Tree Day. This year, Hay Public School helped Hay Shire Council and Murrumbidgee Landcare celebrate, learning about the importance of trees in their environment. National School’s Tree Day is a great way to inspire students to learn about the local environment while playing…

Case Study LP51 – Riverina local threatened species take the stage

When the general community think about threatened species, the ones that come to mind are often the species overseas such as the Panda, Gorilla or Rhinoceros. Not a lot of people think about the locally native bird  species that are doing it tough. But there are many locally native threatened species in the Riverina, including…

Case Study LP50 – Nesting boxes installed near Kindra Forest

The landscapes of the Coolamon area have been extensively cleared and modified over the last 200 years for urban and agricultural needs. This is the time it takes to create homes (hollows) for medium-sized animals like parrots. New South Wales counts at least 46 mammals, 81 birds, 31 reptiles and 16 frogs that rely on…

Case Study LP49 – Digging deeper into soils

Understanding soils can be a challenging topic, and when combined with farming practices, changing weather patterns, and an expanding array of soil products, it can become even more complex. As a result, land managers often face numerous obstacles when it comes to comprehending their soils and making informed decisions about how best to manage them.…

Case Study LP48 – Empowering landholders in identifying local native plants

Landholders in the West Wyalong area have long lacked accessible and user-friendly information on native plant identification for their area. This knowledge gap hindered effective land management and conservation efforts. The development of a native plant ID booklet provided many benefits, including: Enhancing native plant identification skills. The booklet serves as a practical tool to…

Case Study LP47 – Hotspots Fire project

Fire has shaped the character of Australian landscapes for millions of years. Many plant and animal species have evolved strategies for coping with fire. Southern NSW has a long and varied fire intensity history. Some landholders use fire as a management tool, while others are concerned about the impact of fire on their properties, given…

Case Study LP46 – Connecting adolescents with nature and each other

Time in nature can provide many benefits to young people, and can positively influence their mental health. However adolescents typically spend far less time in nature than either younger children or adults. Our new project aims to create a safe space where small groups of adolescents can spend time in nature to connect with the…

Case Study LP45 – Women caring for the catchment

Despite the increasing evolution of women’s roles in agriculture, they remain significantly underrepresented and undervalued in positions of rural leadership and decision making. An unconscious bias exists in the industry,  perpetuated by the overwhelming majority of images depicting male farmers in a simple Google search for ‘Australian farmer.’ Women’s contributions to agriculture have a deep…

Case Study LP44 – Improving farm dams

Stock can cause pugging of dam banks, destroy vegetation through trampling, rubbing and chewing, and decrease the water quality in the dam from their urine and faecal contamination. Constant stock access can also significantly exacerbate soil erosion of dams and surrounding creek-lines. This can adversely affect water quality at a much larger spatial scale. A…

Case Study LP43 – Holiday fun to reach a new group of Landcarers

By the end of the school holidays, many parents are struggling for ideas to entertain their kids, and desperate for simple solutions which can get the kids out of the house – and off their screens! At the same time, many Landcare groups are grappling to attract new members, especially from the younger generation. Could…

Case Study LP42 – Catchment Keepers for women in Hay

While the role of women in agriculture is steadily evolving, women are still significantly underrepresented and continue to be undervalued in positions of rural leadership and decision making. An unconscious bias exists as a simple Google search for ‘Australian farmer’ delivers 80-90% of images with men only. Funded by the National Landcare Program ‘Smart Farms…

Case Study LP41 – BioBlitz in Yanco

A large number of students at Yanco Public School are from farming families. Although they have a school garden, the native bush and ecosystems are not well understood as there is so little remnant vegetation left. There is, however, a local wetland within walking distance of the school. Murrumbidee Landcare organised a Bioblitz Day at…

Case Study LP40 – Four seasons of seed in revegetation

Understanding the steps to revegetation and what season to collect seeds, propagate, plant, direct seed and maintain your site can have a serious impact on revegetation.  Hay Plains Landcare hosted a workshop series called ‘Four Seasons of Seed’ based on the journey of revegetation with Ecologist, Conargo pastoral landholder and Project Manager with the Australian…

Case Study LP39 – Nari Nari Tribal Council land management expo

Nari Nari Tribal Council has undertaken significant work to ensure the ongoing protection of ecologically vital wetlands and important Aboriginal heritage sites at Gayini, a site covering 88,000 hectares in the lower bidgee. To help raise awareness among landholders and community members, pass on knowledge and encourage change, Hay Plains Landcare and Nari Nari Tribal…

Case Study LP38 – The benefits of a healthy farm dam

Water runoff can fill dams with loose organic materials from the catchment, which can lead to the water becoming unattractive, contaminated, and possibly toxic to livestock. Poor palatability of the water results in less water being consumed by livestock; if livestock are dehydrated, they don’t eat as much and can’t convert their food as quickly,…

Case Study LP37 – Building the next generation of Landcarers

As a leader in the community, Murrumbidgee Landcare is facilitating collaborative approaches to working with schools to provide students with lifelong learning on living sustainably, preserving our beautiful environment, valuing and conserving water , understanding how to deal with and manage weeds, and respecting the importance of biodiversity and Aboriginal culture. Our vision is to…

Case Study LP36 – Local bushland discovery in roadsides

When looking around your local landscape for bushland, people often look for National Parks, State Forests, remnant vegetation on farms or beside rivers. In agricultural areas where the land is used for cropping and livestock pursuits the land on the roadsides and in TSR’s are often overlooked. Getting people together is an important part of…

Case Study LP35 – Bring back the Glossy Black!

Glossy Black-Cockatoos (GBC) are vulnerable in NSW with climate change posing a very real threat to the birds and vegetation they eat. The GBC are fussy eaters, they feed on different species of She-oak Allocasuarina veticillata. In Narrandera, Leeton, Griffith, Rankins Springs, Galore and The Rock the birds are being monitored by the Murrumbidgee Field…

Case Study LP34 – Next best thing to a hollow

People who remove old hollow bearing trees for town development and farmland endeavours may have very little concept of who might live there. Wildlife tenants may not be there at the time, but these trees are still home for native animals, some of them being migratory. There are approximately 300 native species of birds, mammals,…

Case Study LP33 – Waste Warriors at Narrandera Public

Regional NSW has a recycling service for kerbside bins, however the facilities for each town and the service they provide vary. The quality of waste Kurrajong Recycling receive could be improved if the community were aware of the problems associated with quality control in the recycling centre. Thirty children attended a school workshop to hear…

Case Study LP32 – Drones in agriculture workshop

Drones can be used to access a wealth of data on a property. This information can be used to make better management decisions and make farming more sustainable, efficient and organised. Hay Plains Landcare hosted two informative Drone workshops with Ben Watts from Bralca. The workshops included a theoretical component, ensuring all participants were educated…

Case Study LP31 – Clean Up Australia Day

For many years, people have been throwing rubbish out of their car windows, dropping rubbish on the ground, or illegally dumping rubbish. This rubbish is destroying our beautiful landscapes and roadsides by polluting the waterways and soil. Coolamon is home to the Kindra Forest which provides habitat for a large population of native flora and…

Case Study LP30 – Roadside revegetators

Due to the ongoing demands of infrastructure maintenance and replacement, a section of roadside vegetation was required to be cleared for installation of a new waterpipe. Across the Riverina, roadside vegetation along roadsides are critical corridors and habitat, so protecting and revegetating these areas is critical to their ongoing functionality and survival in the landscape.…

Case Study LP29 – Helping Turquoise Parrot populations recover

The Dunn’s Road Bushfire of January 2020 devastated 600,000 ha in the Riverina Highlands and Upper Murray regions. Many species of animals and Endangered Ecological Communities were severely impacted. Turquoise Parrot populations were already in decline, and many hollows where birds such as the Turquoise Parrots nest were destroyed in the fire. A workshop for…

Case Study LP28 – Regenerating the landscape

The transformation of creek and gully systems from intact to incised is a process which can be seen on countless farms across our region. To rehydrate our landscapes, we need to return these systems to a more functional flow pattern, where peak flows are reduced and low flows are extended, giving the land time to…

Case Study LP27 – Platypus priorities in creek systems

YACTAC (the Yanco Creek and Tributaries Advisory Council) recently completed an eDNA survey of the Yanco Creek system. Many of the landholders in the area were unaware of the number of platypus in the major creeks in the area (Yanco, Colombo and Billabong). So it was decided to have a public meeting to release the…

Case Study LP26 – Promoting revegetation and environmental connectivity

Members of Hay Plains Landcare identified gaps in knowledge amongst landholders around the importance of native vegetation, plant identification and species selection. The group also wanted to encourage community members and landholders to learn about and implement biodiversity in gardens and properties and identify future planning needs to develop a community native garden. Hay Plains…

Case Study LP25 – Coolamon connecting corridors

This project aimed to improve a native vegetation corridor network between the Kindra State Forest and the Coolamon Travelling Stock Reserve (TSR) wetland, and also to improve the aquatic environment within the wetland. Creating connectivity between the Forest and wetland is of great importance in promoting the ongoing regeneration of the natural ecosystems, and allowing…

Case Study LP24 – Greening kids and carparks

The Temora Youth Centre, known as “platform Y’, started holding monthly environmental group meetings for school aged students in 2020. In order to build momentum and interest in group membership, an exciting project was required to engage the students. The Temora Railway Station precinct was undergoing a revitalisation from an industrial facility into an overnight…

Case Study LP23 – The magic of mistletoe

Mistletoe is a very misunderstood plant. For this reason, people often chop it out of trees or even worse they remove the whole tree. Yet mistletoe is considered an ecological keystone for biodiversity and has been eaten by Aboriginal people for thousands of years. It plays a key role in providing food, habitat, biodiversity and…

Case Study LP22 – Walking together to support working together

Many people involved in Wagga Wagga Urban Landcare (WWUL) Group are interested in building a deeper understanding of Wiradjuri culture. However for many it is difficult to know where to start, or who to ask, in order to build this knowledge. As a result, we have only had limited collaboration with local Indigenous groups. Together…

Case Study LP21 – Low stress stock handling workshop

Handling sheep and cattle in confined spaces such as yards can be stressful to animals and handlers. It can also be a high risk environment, that could lead to injury for both animals and handlers. Members of Kyeamba Valley and Tarcutta Valley Landcare Groups wanted to improve their animal handling skills, so that they were…

Case Study LP20 – Soil biology

Many landholders don’t understand the relationships between the plants that grow in the paddocks and the soils that they grow in. So Hay Plains Landcare hosted a hands-on soil biology workshop to provide participants with a better understanding of the importance of soil biology and the various components of soil biology, including soil microbes, soil…

Case Study LP19 – Shelterbelt workshop

Landcare has been protecting and planting shelterbelts for a long time. With the completion of a three-year revegetation project funded, we wanted to ensure that our methods were evolving and adapting to best practice. Some of the questions we sought answers to at the workshop included: Is direct seeding more economical for plantings? Has the…

Case Study LP18 – Yarning Circle and native garden takes shape

Temora High School’s Indigenous Education Team is a student-led body comprising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, as well as non-Indigenous staff and students. In conjunction with Landcare NSW’s ‘Working Together’ program, local Wiradjuri Elders, the local Council and community members, a student-led interactive outdoor learning space was created. A disused corner of the school…

Case Study LP17 – The ins and outs of soil health

Best practice pasture management has been linked to improved soil health in agricultural landscapes. To investigate this, we assessed the soil chemistry and biology of four different land management systems: alley plantings, pasture cropping, standard pastures, and native woodland. The different systems were on the properties of five landholders and a state forest in Boree…

Case Study LP16 – Working together benefits the community

When the new Local Landcare Coordinator program commenced, our Coordinators worked with all the Landcare groups in our region to understand their needs and interests, the issues they faced and the topics they would like to learn more about. This information was very helpful in guiding the development of future projects and grant applications, but…

Case Study LP15 – Native seed collection

Many native paddock trees and remnant forest areas across the Murrumbidgee region are in decline. With the long drought and bushfires in 2020, replanting native trees in our rural landscape is a fundamental step in helping our natural ecosystems recover. The ending of the drought has placed enormous pressure on nurseries across the region to…

Case Study LP14 – Boost to NRM on-ground activities

Murrumbidgee Landcare’s Capacity Building project was created in conjunction with Riverina Local Land Services to facilitate interesting and relevant workshops and on-ground projects. These were aimed at increasing the capacity for natural resource management activities in the region and were designed to suit the interests and requirements of member groups in their particular region. This…

Case Study LP13 – Through your eyes: An art-based workshop

Drought conditions across the Riverina in the years leading up to 2020 imposed not only a high financial toll on rural communities in the region, but it was also clear that there was a staggering emotional price to pay, as the land that so many families called home continued to become more barren and dry.…

Case Study LP12 – Firearms training for women on the land

The humane destruction of livestock, animals caught in traps or pest animals on the farm requires qualified, licensed and capable firearms operators. During times of economic depression or emergency, stockowners are faced with the difficult decision of on-farm destruction of their animals. Pest animals also require the use of firearms, in order to prevent the…

Case Study LP11 – Determining what dung beetle species are established here

The Dung Beetle Ecosystem Engineers group was established in 2019, led by Charles Sturt University. The group aims to understand the current distribution of dung beetle species introduced to Australia, and evaluate new species of dung beetle for importation and release into Australia. They also want to work with farming and land management groups to…

Case Study LP10 – Sparking a new partnership

One simple theme which has come up again and again when we ask Landcare members about their training interests is the desire to learn basic skills they can use on their property – such as welding. Knowing that the local Tafe ran welding courses, we decided to contact them and see whether we could arrange…

Case Study LP09 – Birds of a feather flock together

Leeton’s locals know Fivebough Wetlands as a swamp and very few local people know its significance on the global stage as a RAMSAR site. This project aimed to raise the profile of Fivebough Wetlands, helping Leeton find greater pride in the site. A local artist designed a banner for Fivebough which features local and migratory…

Case Study LP08 – Ecological recovery after the Dunn’s Road bushfire

The Dunns Road fire started in a private pine plantation near Ellerslie Nature Reserve, located in the SW Slopes near Adelong, on 31st December and travelled in a southwesterly direction, threatening the townships of Batlow and Tumbarumba, and burning out an area of 333,940 ha in total. Catastrophic fire weather on the 4th January resulted…

Case Study LP07 – Low-cost solutions produce high-quality results

Erosion in the Kyeamba Valley has been a significant issue for many years, with most landholders dealing with headcut formation and migration, channel incision and gully or tributary erosion at multiple sites across their properties. In order to manage the erosion, and reduce its ongoing progression across valuable farmland, landholders have used a range of…

Case Study LP06 – Grandparents and grandfriends

Whitton Public School was interested in connecting the children of the local primary schools to the older members of the community, particularly the Grandparents and Grandfriends of the community. The purpose of the event was to celebrate the contributions grandparents make to all our lives, and foster intergenerational learning and opportunities for older people to…

Case Study LP05 – Tiny, furry insect terminators!

Microbats of the Young District was a four-year project, funded by a Riverina Local Land Services Community Grant. It was developed in response to the continuing decline of microbat habitat in the wheat/sheep belt, and the general lack of awareness amongst landholders regarding microbats and the important role they play in ecosystem services. The first…

Case Study LP04 – Establishing valuable shelter belts

Junee Landcare members and surrounding farmers were keen to address the past removal of vegetation on farmland through the planting of native shrubs and trees to improve habitat and connectivity, and support regenerative farming practices. However, conditions presented a big challenge for the project, from drought to bushfires to Covid-19. The drought caused planting to…

Case Study LP03 – Caring for paddock sentinels

Paddock trees are keystone structures providing a number of local and landscape ecological functions, including provision of habitat and connectivity for native species. Research has indicated that paddock trees are declining due to natural and accelerated mortality, and most will be lost in less than forty years resulting in an undesirable ecological regime shift. Research…

Case Study LP02 – Creating a buzz with bee hotels

Wagga Wagga Urban Landcare were looking for a way to engage the many young families in our area in Landcare-related activities. The challenge was to provide an activity which would get families outdoors and inspire them to appreciate our amazing natural areas and native biodiversity, in a way that was fun, engaging and – importantly…

Case Study LP01 – Farming smarter in dry times

In drought conditions it is essential to ‘farm smarter’ but how do you do that? Farmers would like to get the best out of their feed rations, so when landholders are buying in feed (hay or grain) the question becomes – how much of that feed do they need? Understanding feed requirements and feed analysis…

To view case studies from the Local Landcare Coordinator Initiative 2016-2019, click here.