NHT 013146 – Improving Surface Water Management In The Upper Moore River Catchment Extension
Funding – Natural Heritage Trust Project 013146
The Natural Heritage Trust (NHT) funded the project in 2001/2003 and key aims and actions implemented were to:
- Maintain the momentum developed in the original project (NHT 2000). Fourteen individual on ground works projects, covering an area of 952 ha were implemented as part of this project. The on ground works component of the project enabled a positive effect and participation from a range of landholders.
- Expand the number of landholders actively involved in the project. 48 landholders were involved covering 14 separate projects. 75% of landholders who were allocated funding were involved in the LAP workshops. One of the successes of the project was the involvement of the Moora-Miling Pasture Improvement Group in a planning workshop for the development of their LAP, therefore reaching a broader audience of landholders than initially anticipated.
- Reduce the risk of future flooding events in Moora and upstream catchments. Implementation of 218 ha of revegetation works, increasing the area of effective water use in the project area and the stabilisation and revegetation of 26.5 km of creek lines covering 175 ha to reduce the level of erosion and slow the flow rate of water movement through the catchment. The Moora Miling Pasture Improvement Group also identified future strategies to increase water use at the farm and catchment level over the next five years.
- Demonstrate and communicate best practice techniques with regards to surface water management. The LAP workshops provided a forum for information exchange and identification of management techniques. Two groups undertook catchment planning for the development of LAP’s, representing 60 landholders across the project area.
- Implement on ground activities in priority order in subcatchments. 15 individual projects have been implemented across the project area. This resulted in the protection of 442 ha of remnant vegetation and the revegetation of a total of 509 ha. 49% of the revegetated area linked to remnant vegetation and 34% of the revegetation works were for the revegetation of waterways. $35,832 of NHT funding was spent on on-ground works accounting for 39% of the costs of the on ground works. This was matched by $56,924 of landholder funds (61% of on ground works).
LAP workshops had a strategic focus, drawing on the experience of landholders to identify key catchment priorities to address in the future. The two main groups involved in the catchment planning phase were Miling LCD and the Moora Miling Pasture Improvement Group. The Moore Catchment Council was happy to establish stronger links with these groups which will not only assist MCC to implement strategies as discussed in “Getting Moore to the Point” but also assist NACC in the development of their regional strategy.