Small scale plans for larger impact

Small landholders in the Emigrant Creek catchment worked with Richmond Landcare Inc and North Coast Local Land Services to produce property plans and act on-ground to improve waterway health

Small scale plans for larger impact

Small landholders in the Emigrant Creek catchment worked with Richmond Landcare Inc and North Coast Local Land Services to produce property plans and act on-ground to improve waterway health

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The issue

In the coastal catchment of Emigrant Creek in north east NSW on the traditional lands of the Nyangbul people, small lots can have a large impact on catchment health. This biodiverse and high rainfall area has a high proportion of small semi-rural properties, many of which support a creek and have potential to directly affect waterway health. For many new landholders moving to a rural block for the first time, a little support can go a long way.

The solution

The Emigrant Creek Property Assessment Project aimed to support small landholders to improve their knowledge and capacity to manage their properties for healthy land and waterways. 

With funding from North Coast Local Land Services ‘Every Bit Counts’ Project and supported by North Coast Regional Landcare Network, Richmond Landcare ran an EOI process and designed a set of assessment and report templates.  Eight properties were brought into the project, and were supported with property visits, assessment reports, farm plans and seed funding for on-ground work. Property visits and reports aimed to provide non-binding educational information and general property management advice to help plan future land management activities considered key areas including biosecurity, vegetation management and nutrient runoff, ultimately improving habitat values and in-stream health of Emigrant Creek.

The impact

The project delivered eight site visits, followed by property assessments and co-designed property plans.  Landholders were provided with an incentive $500 value towards on-ground activities for the mitigation and management of run-off and other local threatening processes to waterway health.

Two events were held to support landholders to build local networks and extend their skills in riparian management, bush regeneration and plant identification.

After these events and with the support of advice and property plans, landholders were able to implement a range of on-ground actions to support waterway health. Works included track alterations to reduce erosion, bush regeneration and riparian weed control, installation of Lomandra filter strips to slow and filter overland flow, rainforest revegetation and specialist advice.

Key facts

  • Small properties can make a big difference
  • New lifestylers/tree changers need support to manage healthy waterways
  • Funding received from North Coast Local Land Services Every Bit Counts Project
  • 8 properties provided with site visits, property reports, plans and incentive funds

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