Regional Landcare Facilitator Riverina region

Bindi Vanzella - RLF in this region.

Population (including ACT): 600,000, with over 2000 Landcarers.  The Murrumbidgee Region ranges from the high rainfall environments of the Murrumbidgee River’s headwaters in the Snowy Mountains to the semi-arid regions in the west where it joins with the Murray River near Balranald.

Due to the large size of the Murrumbidgee Catchment, it has within its boundaries a wide variety of rural and urban activities related to Landcare. Land uses range from grazing to dairying, from broad acre cropping to irrigation, intensive agriculture and horticulture, to small area holdings and urban landholdings. People involved in Landcare in the Murrumbidgee range from high country graziers from Cooma to Canberra politicians; wheat farmers from Ardlethan to townspeople in urban centres such as Griffith and Wagga Wagga; from school children in Henty to Western Plains farmers in Balranald. Rice growers; vegetable and fruit growers, some of the finest wine producers in the world; agroforesters and carp fertiliser producers.
The Murrumbidgee catchment community is facing a range of challenges and opportunities / key issues  in natural resources, regional economics, sustainability and wellbeing:

  • a wide diversity of communities, demographics, land tenure, lifestyles and livelihoods with a predominantly primary industry based economies
  • financial and capacity constraints on adaptation to changing circumstances and climate change
  • degradation of natural resource assets (land, water and biodiversity) through past land management, invasive plants and animals
  • knowledge and respect for Aboriginal practices, history and cultural linkages
  • water reforms, such as the Murray–Darling Basin Plan, water buybacks and water sharing plans.
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