Graeme and Ryan Taylor were successful in receiving a State Government Natural Resource Management Community Action Grant to fund the fencing of 67 hectares of pristine remnant vegetation stretching across 3 bush sites on the property owned by Ron and Mal Taggart of Mandurah.
The remnant bush was initially inspected and as it had been stock free for many years, it was classified as being in near pristine condition.
The three sites had a variety of natural vegetation consisting of tall timbers with understorey, a breakaway area with dense shrub land. The third site consisted of mixed sands and gravels with the corresponding vegetation types and a large area of Mallet. 5.6 kilometres of stock proof fence has been constructed around the 3 sites which will keep it preserved for the life of the fence.
Due to an area thick with sheoak, prickly Dryandra and other low growing shrubs, a nest box was erected on a sheoak tree to entice a Red-Tailed Phascogale (RTP) to make a nest within. Less than 12 months from erection of the box there was evidence an RTP had made a nest in the box. This was a highlight of the bush walk for the property owners, their family and friends from Mandurah having the opportunity to see evidence of “marsupial activity” in the bush. They would have preferred to catch sight of the RTP, but phascogales are very shy and quick moving and are hard to spot in the bush. The recipients of the grant thank and acknowledge the State NRM Office and the Shire of Dumbleyung for the opportunity to preserve this bush.
Pictured below left: Bush walkers checking out a Red Tailed Phascogale Box
Pictured below right: A nest made in a nest box
Dryland salinity has been developing since large scale clearing began. It is estimated to affect between 1 and 2 million hectares (up to 10% of total land) in the agricultural regions of the South West, and cost $519 million per annum in lost agricultural production. Salinity also damages infrastructure, adding further costs, impacts on water resources and reduces biodiversity.
Predictions are that, without some level of intervention, the area of land affected by salinity could more than double over the next 50 to 100 years. Intervention on such a scale is a huge task and needs to be balanced against the possible cost, which could also be large.
Managing dryland salinity is a shared responsibility, with shared benefits, and experience to date indicates that effectiveness relies on coordinated local action. It also relies on all landholders taking appropriate action to protect their land. But, in the absence of strategic direction, agencies have focused on protecting individual assets, and there has been little coordination of efforts between agencies, landholders and stakeholders.
If you wish to discuss your salinity issue with the view of implementing a cost effective remedy, please email email@example.com with the details and I will endeavour to recommend a practical solution for you.
Landcare Zone General Meeting
Date: Thursday July 26, 2018
Location: Dumbleyung Shire Chambers
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