Cam Wilson from The Mulloon Institute headed up to Sonoma Station, Collinsville in Queensland during August for the third in a series of Landscape Rehydration workshops being run by NQ Dry Tropics.
The aim of the workshops was to increase community understanding of cost effective gully remediation techniques and highlight the range of methods available to graziers.
Cam’s presentation looked at how graziers can retain moisture on their properties, and aimed to help them work out the most cost-effective way to fix erosion issues.
One activity included setting out a gully head diversion contour that will benefit a large floodplain area. When complimented with good grazing practice this site should become a good working example of reef sediment control with improved production outcomes.
Sonoma Station landholder Shane Watts, has carried out several measures on his property to remove water from sensitive areas and divert it back into the landscape in safe disposal areas to reduce active erosion. He also implements a complementary grazing management plan which he believes is key to treating erosion, improving system health and increasing productivity.
The field day was funded through the Australian Department of the Environment and Energy Reef Trust program under the Bowen, Broken, Bogie Point Source Sediment project.
[Photo credits - NQ Dry Tropics]