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Hay Trees on Plains

Annual General Meeting

3 Jun 2016 - 4:30pm

Booroorban Plant Identification Day 31st March 2016

On the 31st of March Riverina Local Land Services held a rangelands paddock walk with local Australian Network for Plant Conservation ecologist and Conargo property owner Martin Driver was the principal speaker.  The day started with the fifteen participants meeting at the Royal Mail Hotel at Booroorban. Annabel Lugsdin, the local Landcare Coordinator for Hay Rangelands was in attendance armed with her camera (see photos attached).

Livestock Production in the Rangelands

12 May 2016 - 8:30am

Livestock Production in the Rangelands


12th May 2016 8:30am-2:00pm


Shear Outback Shearing Shed, Hay NSW.


Program and speakers:

8.30am Registration, tea and coffee

9.00am Welcome

9.10 am Producing rams in the Rangelands, Stephen and Carol Huggins, Woodpark Poll Merino Stud, Hay

Hay wetlands public field day

25 Mar 2014 - 10:00am


Wetlands on the Hay Plain will be showcased during a Murrumbidgee Landcare field day on Tuesday March 25th. The field day is being run as part of the Why Wetlands? project, a community partnerships initiative with Riverina Local Land Services.  

Hay wetlands showcased



Farm Dam Blitz is a short film for landholders interested in enhancing wildlife habitat in their farm dams. Farmers from New South Wales and Victoria talk about what they've done to make wildlife more welcome on their properties.

Wah Wah landholders achieving wildlife wins!

Tank at 'Yurdyilla'


Tuesday 25th June 2013 saw almost 30 people get together to brave the chilly wind and visit recently completed works near Gunbar, where landholders are converting existing groun tanks into wetland habitat areas. These habitat areas will remain after the new Wah Wah Pipeline goes in and many of the tanks in the surrounding landscape are decommissioned.

More pictures from the field day are available in the Photo Gallery.

It is hoped that the sites visited at 'Sunrise' and 'Yurdyilla', along with the sites underway on several other properties in the district, will serve as an inspirational example to many landholders in the region who may have similar tanks or 'wet areas' on their properties that may be easily converted into wildlife refuges.

For more information about the 'Wah Wah: Water for Wildlife' project please visit the project page.

Hay Landcare Project Updates

Murrumbidgee Landcare is working with Hay Landcare, the Western Wah Wah Stock & Domestic Water Users Association and other organisations on two very exciting projects on the Hay plains at the moment: 'Water for Wildlife' and 'Why Wetlands?'.

In Safe Hands Toolkit for community groups now available


The “In Safe Hands” toolkit is now available to be downloaded free of charge until 30 June 2013.
The “In Safe Hands” tool kit is an Occupational Health and Safety tool kit for conservation volunteers.  It is now available on line at the Conservation Volunteers Australia Website.
In Safe Hands is a Safety Management System designed specifically for community engaged in practical conservation activities. In Safe Hands will assist such groups to eliminate or minimise risks to volunteer safety and to meet duties under Work Health and Safety legislation.
 The content and processes have been adapted from Conservation Volunteers Australia's own system and is based on our 30 years of knowledge and experience in managing volunteers in practical conservation.  Recent enhancements and access to this toolkit and workshop opportunities for Landcare and other community Groups has been made possible through funding from the Australian Government's Caring for our Country initiative.

Forum presentations and photos now online

The Re-valuing our Rangelands speaker presentations are now available for download.

Photos from the forum and associated field trip are also available to view.


Key speaker Dale Miles

Key speaker Dale Miles at the Re-valuing our Rangelands forum.


Wah Wah Water For Wildlife

Water for wildlife in the Riverina rangelandsMurrumbidgee Landcare Inc. has been successful in obtaining $90 000 Caring For Our Country funding from the Australian Government to begin trialling habitat mitigation options for the Wah Wah pipeline. Waterbirds, turtles, kangaroos, bats and frogs are among the groups likely to be impacted most when the system of open channels and tanks is upgraded. 

Matt Herring, an ecologist coordinating the trials, said the project is a fresh reminder of our enormous influence on wildlife occurrence across the landscape.
"It strikes to the core of key questions about which species we want to provide habitat for and how we want to distribute water for wildlife throughout landscapes." 
"We're very interested in hearing from as many landholders as possible. The more ideas we have, the bigger bang for our biodiversity buck we're likely to end up with. So far, we're looking at maintaining some of the most significant tanks and enhancing their habitat, as well as constructing new wetland areas. Central to productive wetland habitats are waterplants and shallows. Stock exclusion and earthworks can make a huge difference." 
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