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By MAX OPRAY
THE Upper Torrens Land Management
Project was recently awarded a $1.6-
million Federal government grant to
improve grass cover in the region.
Project manager Gerry Butler said the
money would be used during a six-year time-
frame to identify and revegetate areas with
native grasses, daisies and lilies.
"We've identified eight conservation clusters
in the Upper Torrens area where we can work
with landholders to improve integrated land
and replace weedy exotic species with native
grass covers while retaining an open grazing
landscape," Mr Butler said.
"If we don't act, there will be more weedy
species dominating the land, and more risk of
fire due to rank stands of phalaris, cocksfoot,
and fog grass which provide a lot of fine fuel
"So, in effect, this is also a bushfire preven-
An event recognising the local government's
support in the fight against exotic weeds,
salinity and bushfires in the Upper Torrens
region was held at Mount Pleasant on July 31.
The meet-and-greet was part of a lead-up to
the National Landcare Awards to be held dur-
ing Landcare Week on September 4 in Sydney.
The Upper Torrens Land Management
Project has been nominated in the Local
Government Landcare Partnership category
and is one of seven vying for top honours at
Delegations from the Barossa Council and
Adelaide Hills Council were taken to see the
work under way at the 20,000-hectare land
management project, a visit Mr Butler hoped
would reinforce the partnership between gov-
ernment and Landcare.
"The Barossa and Adelaide Hills councils for
13 years now have been providing governance
and admin support to the project, as well as
participation on the steering committee," he
"We're keen to show the importance of their
commitment to Landcare, and by shoring-up
support for the work being done, we can then
do our own things with landowners and be
close to the 'coal face' instead of worrying
about bureaucracy and financial manage-
Mr Butler has been working on the project
since a small pilot program was established in
1998. The program today reaches out to 560
landholders and five townships, with a three-
member project team working to protect bio-
diversity, halt salinity and manage soil quality.
To complement this, the Upper Torrens land
management project has been undertaking a
collaborative project with the five CFS
Brigades in the project area to link bushfire
awareness with good land management.
Mr Butler is quietly confident of their
chances at the national landcare awards.
"Some of our staff and the chairman Barry
Spencer will be attending, along with present
Adelaide Hills Councillor Kate Hosking," Mr
"We're up against seven other good finalists
from across the country, but I have confidence
our longevity and grass-roots nature give us a
good chance at the title."
Barossa Council Mayor Brian Hurn is
delighted that the council is part of the award.
"The Council congratulates the Community
Steering Committee, landholders and its staff
members Ian Baldwin, Gerry Butler and Kim
Thompson on this award," mayor Hurn said.
"The Council has continued to support this
award-winning project as it brings significant
investment into the region and implements
key parts of the Council's Strategic Plan."
Adelaide Hills Council mayor Bill Spragg
complimented the longevity of the landcare
"The elected members and staff have been
pleased to be involved in a professional and
well-focussed project with the committee,
project staff and the Barossa Council," Mayor
"Our increased activity in supporting the
financial administration of this project has
been an acknowledgement of the recognition
the Council has on the rural environment and
the protection of our natural resources."
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Upper Torrens Land Management Project project manager Gerry Butler, Barossa Council mayor
Brian Hurn, Adelaide Hills Council mayor Bill Spragg (holding the project's award for Local
Government Landcare Partnership) and Upper Torrens Land Managment chairman Barrie Spencer.
Project nominated for national award
Local council involvement commended
Federal grant to improve grass cover
$1.6m grant for
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