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By KIM THOMPSON,
Local Catchment Groups project
officer, Upper Torrens Land
THE Upper Torrens Land
Management Project team is
gearing up for a busy 2013,
and looking for some help.
It will provide on-the-job training
for anyone willing and able. Being a
landholder in the district qualifies,
as does understanding the true
meaning of Landcare and land man-
agement on a community level.
The project’s steering committee
comprises community members,
local government and NRM repre-
sentatives and three UTLMP staff.
Project manager Gerry Butler says
this is “a good old-fashioned, com-
munity driven project with local
action and improvements on over
300 properties in the catchment”.
For more than 12 years, steering
committee members have assisted
UTLMP staff to help property own-
ers step-up productivity while
improving local and regional envi-
Funding through the Federal
Government’s Clean Energy Futures,
Biodiversity Fund has enabled the
UTLMP to embark on a five-year
project to increase species diversity
within grassy woodlands in the
Restoration Project will see 200
hectares of degraded paddocks
restored to grassy groundcover;
200ha of degraded grassy wood-
lands revegetated to increase species
diversity; and 500ha of threat abate-
ment in existing remnant vegetation.
Staff, contractors and volunteers
have spent most of summer seed-
collecting native grassland species.
At present, seed production areas
are being built on private and com-
mercial properties to accommodate
the plants, to be able to produce the
seed necessary for this huge project.
Trial sites have been set up on
three properties, south-west of
Birdwood and the results will help
project staff and contractors make
accurate field assessments for opti-
mum germination for future revege-
tation and restoration activities.
GGRP project officer Andrew
Fairney is excited about the prospects.
“This is not a traditional revegeta-
tion project, this is about restoring
the native grasslands, reducing the
fire risks, and turning nothing into
something sustainable,” he said.
In the past two years, funding
secured from the Native Vegetation
Council’s Significant Environmental
Benefit has enabled staff, contractors
and volunteers reduce threats and
improve biodiversity on properties sur-
rounding Cromer Conservation Park,
near Birdwood, and Porter Scrub
Conservation Park, near Gumeracha.
Project officer Kim Thompson
says landholders in the Upper
Torrens welcomed the opportunity
to reduce threats to their properties
including woody weed and feral ani-
mal control, and fencing-off areas of
“Also, with this funding, we have
been able to facilitate and maintain
volunteer working groups within
both conservation parks,” she said.
On-ground works are being
finalised as the project is in the final
stages, with milestone targets includ-
ing 7 kilometres of fencing to protect
more than 50ha of remnant vegeta-
tion, 300ha of woody weed control,
and 420ha of feral animal control.
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Chance for restoration
the grassy and
Torrens. It is
one of the
◗ Trial sites on three properties
◗ Targets accurate assessments
◗ Volunteer groups maintained
THE Upper Torrens Land Management
Project has a new partner in its quest to
improve environmental outcomes for the
On Monday, February 25, children from
the newly established Torrens Valley Scout
Group met at a property on the main
channel of the River Torrens.
The 20 enthusiastic cubs, and their
parents, were involved in a short envi-
ronmental education session about
watercourses before heading down to
the river for some action.
Donned with gloves, loppers, secateurs
and dabbers, all of them worked tireless-
ly for an hour to remove woody weeds
from the riparian zone.
Project officer Kim Thompson said the
partnership with the scout group was a
big opportunity for community engage-
“Many of these kids live in this semi-
rural environment, often within the
towns. Land owners with acreage live
and breathe the management issues
around watercourses, so participating in
this type of activity with others was
exciting,” she said.
The UTLMP is seeking funds to devel-
op the junior environmental education
programme and welcomes expressions
of interest from any schools, local com-
munity groups, and landholders in the
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Kim Thompson 08 8568 1876, 0438 639
Torrens Valley scout group makes a difference to environment
cub scout leader
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