'Breaking new ground with biological farming' By MONA TIMMS A GROUP of 22 farmers in the Lismore area are involved in a trial designed to utilise biological farming practises and compare the results to those obtained with conventional techniques. The Lismore Land Protection Group sourced the funding for this program from the National Landcare Program.
Funding for Boxthorn rabbit harbour removal is currently available through the Second Generation Landcare Program in 2009
Waterway fenced and revegetated at Lismore with assistance from Bundy Bush Fund and Lismore Angling Club volunteers
This project builds on a previous trial undertaken in the Lismore district to compare biological farming with conventional district practice on cropping and pasture production paddocks. The project will include follow up testing of a range of soil health indicators to compare the changes in soil condition and crop production that have resulted from changes implemented in management practices. Testing of soil parameters and crop performance will be compared to baseline data already established. This data will assist in establishing best management practices to increase soil health. This project is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry under Australia’s Farming Future.
The Corangamite Shire has the funded a Lismore Land Protection Group project aimed at mapping, collecting seed and propagating Lightwood (Acacia implexa) from remnant populations from within the Corangamite Shire and neighbouring Golden Plains Shire.
This is a 2010 / 2011 Victorian Government funded Second Generation Landcare Grant to engage landholders in a pest plant and animal control program involving rabbit harbour / boxthorn removal. This aims to assist and educate landholders with managing rabbit harbour to minimise the negative impacts of rabbits throughout the Cundare Duverney area.
This 2011 / 2012 CCMA Corangamite Landcare Grant project aims to inspect properties in the vicinity of Serrated Tussock infestations and supply landholders with identification and control advice. It also aims to identify how much of a need there is for serrated tussock on ground control works. The project area lies is within the Western Volcanic Plains flagship and contains remnant areas of critically endangered Plains Grasslands / Plains Grassy Woodland Mosaic. Areas of significance include high quality remnant vegetation along the Cressy Shelford Road and native grasslands on private property within the target area identified for inspection. Several threatened species are also recorded in the area including the critically endangered Spiny Rice Flower (Pimelia spinescens).
Earlier projects and activities undertaken
During 2010 the Lismore Land Protection Group will be assisting landholders with the establishment of perennial pastures and multi-purpose wide strip small farm woodlots thanks to a Woolworths & Landcare Australia Limited grant
Over the next 3 years from July 2009 the Lismore Land Protection Group will be delivering a range of workshops and training opportunities for landholders through a project titled 'Improved primary producer knowledge, planning, decision making and adaptation to a changing climate'.