Introducing our 5 Conference Field Tours
TOUR 1: BANK AUSTRALIA CONSERVATION HERITAGE
Join this bus tour from Bordertown to Kaniva, Minimay and Frances to explore stunning areas of diverse stringy bark, grey box and bull oak bushland. The two main stops on this trip will showcase habitat restoration at the Bank Australia Nature Reserve and Eagle Hawk Waterhole. Points of interest for this tour include; exploring significantly different funding models for restoration work including corporate investment, the connection to broader landscape scale and visiting a unique series of gilgai wetlands.
TOUR 2: CARBON NEUTRAL RED MEAT
This tour will include a stop at the Teys Australia meat processing site at Naracoorte where a Covered Anaerobic Lagoon (CAL) has been set up to capture methane-rich biogas to generate renewable energy. This energy source will replace coal and natural gas to power the site.
Peel Pastoral at Wrattonbully is a family business with a strong focus on regenerative farming and soil conservation. The business works to increase soil biology and carbon and has an agreement with the Federal Government to be paid for increases made in soil carbon levels.
TOUR 3: PORT MACDONNELL
Port Macdonnell Landcare Group was established in 1973 and is the oldest Landcare Group in South Australia. This tour will be hosted by Port Macdonell Landcare Group members and showcase some of their greatest achievements to date. Stops will include:
Port Germein Reserve, a 55 Ha site that was heavily grazed for 100 years before being fenced off in 1979. After significant regeneration it now contains a large stand of rare Dingley Dell Gum.
Due to the distance to Port Macdonnell, this tour is long day. It will leave Bordertown at 7:30 am and return at 4:30 pm. It is possible to join the bus along the way at Penola, Naracoorte or Mount Gambier.
TOUR 4: BUTCHER’S GAP – Cockies Helping Cockies
Zoos SA’s “Cockies Helping Cockies” project started in 2009 with the transformation of 5.6Ha of ex-pine into Stringybark habitat for the South Eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo. With less than 1400 of these birds remaining in the wild, creating more feeding habitat has been a recovery priority for this Endangered species. Over 600ha has been revegetated or protected through the project, and a huge milestone was achieved in 2018 when SERTBC were found feeding in the first demonstration site. This tour will visit some of the revegetation sites, and discuss the unique approach undertaken, including engaging landholders in conservation work, what it means to go from seed to feed in 9 years and how food highways are being built across the landscape with on-ground work delivered on over 100 sites.
TOUR 5: POOCHER AND MUNDULLA SWAMPS
Visit beautiful Poocher and Mundulla Swamps to see Red Gums, SA Blue Gum, Grey Box, Peppermint Box, Buloke, and Runaway holes – a local phenomenon that literally makes water disappear. A feature of this talk will be the distinctive old trees that appear in hundred-year-old photographs and are still standing today. Learn about their scars and the stories behind them.
The tour will touch on Mundulla Yellows, a disease affecting Eucalypts and other native plants, its impacts and treatments.
At Mundulla Swamp and Jimmy’s waterhole There will be an opportunity to view the area from the perspective of a local who has known and loved the site since a very early age.
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