Five exciting tours have been planned for Monday 28th October preceding the two-day conference. All tours will leave from Bordertown. Tour summaries are listed below and can be booked when registering for the conference at https://www.tickettailor.com/events/landcaresa.
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.
Bordertown to Naracoorte and Wrattonbully
Teys Naracoorte – Covered Anaerobic Lagoon (CAL) to capture methane rich biogas to generate renewable energy for the meat processing site and replace natural gas and coal in site boilers and a Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR) system designed to treat the plants processed waste water to a higher quality.
Peel Pastoral at Wrattonbully – 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.
Lunch will be held at Bellwether Wines at Coonawarra with the opportunity to hear from some industry-related speakers.
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:
• Established revegetation planted in the 1980s on the cone of Mount Schank.
• Pic’s Swamp, a reclaimed wetland that has been transformed from a cleared and drained farm to a diverse and valuable Ramsar site
• Dingley Dell – home of Adam Lindsay Gordon
• 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.
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.
Visit beautiful Poocher and Mundulla Swamps to see Red Gums, SA Blue Gum, Grey Box, Peppermint Box, Buloke, and Runaway holes. Time Lapse Comparisons from photos taken 100 years ago, talk about ageing trees. Mundulla Yellow – impacts and treatments, plaited tree – branches knitted together when young. Does it signify a meeting place, provision shade and shelter?
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