Natural Resouce Management

In Boorowa NSW, the Lachlan Catchment is our natural Resource Management they help our environment by:

Conservation Farming (Cropping): adopting conservation farming will have the outcomes of improved soil health and ensure farming practices are being used within the land capability limitations. Good soil health is achieved when the physcial, chemical and biological properties are optimised withint the limitations of the soil resource. Research has shown that sustained soil health will in the long term achieve production and environmental benefits.

Conservation Grazing: conservation grazing encompasses grazing encompasses grazing systems which maintain high groundcover levels throughout the year to help address the salinity threat and improve soil health. Research and farmer experience has shown that this can be readily achieved when good grazing management is combined with increased native and/or introduced perennial grass diversity. Landscape Rehabilitation to address sediment movement – treating large erosion gullies, and salt and sodic scalds with strategic earthworks, flumes, fencing and revegetation.

Water and Aquatic Ecosystems: the Lachlan CMA recognises the complexities of balancing environmental needs with resource access (water supply to irrgation, town and stock&domestic). Our goal is to take environmental, social and productive expectations into consideration when investing in programs aimed at improving resource condition. This ‘Working Rivers’ philosophy understands that our rivers will not be able to revert to a pristine condition through restoration efforts but along a different trajectory to an alternate state. This altered state is underpinned by stable healthy ecological condition whilst still providing the community access to the water resource.

Young Farming and Eco Champion

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Melissa shared her story and knowledge about the sheep industry to inspire the Boorowa Central School Archibull project.

As a young girl, Melissa grew up in Richmond, Sydney. And surprisingly not a farming family. Though she always had an interest in the agrciulture industry. As shown in her University degress. She has a Bachelor of Animal Science, Bachelor of Science (Honours) and Graduate Certificate in Agricultural consulting. Now, while working in Boorowa as the ‘Lachlan Catchment Management Authority’, she is part of committees that contribute to the sustainable conservation of the community of Boorowa.

Waste – Why so much?

‘4 million tonnes of food is wasted in Australia each year’

Why is it wasted?

  • We cook too much food
  • Food is mistakely thrown out before the use-by/best before date
  • We forget about leftovers in the fridge/freezer
  • We don’t know how to use leftovers
  • We buy too much because we don’t stick to a shopping list
  • We often shop when we’re hungry so we buy more food that we need
  • We don’t check the cupboard or fridge before going shopping
  • We are not planing our meals and menus as much as we could
  • Buying takeaways at the last minute instead of cooking the food we have in/family members changing plans

 

What can we do to stop this?

  • Write a list and stick to it
  • Buy what you need
  • Use up your leftovers
  • Serve smaller amounts
  • Composting teh things that you don’t eat
  • Freezing things can help to preserve them
  • Check the dates

Australians waste up to 20% of the food they purchase

Australians throw out $8 billion worth of edible food every year

Households throw away $1, 036 worth of edible food each year

In NSW, a 2007-08 audit in Sydney found food made up 40.3 per cent of bin waste. That was based on audits of 51 households.

Up to 40% of the average households bin is food waste

 

105, 000 people are currently homeless, do if that many people are homeless thats aournf the same amount of people that are hungry. Places like food bank help donate food to the people who can’t buy it.

Challenges for Farmers in Australia

‘Farming is an economically and culturally important part of life in Australia’

‘Water availability and drought management were, and still are, key challenges for farmers throughout most of Australia’

 

    • Loss of lifestock: check livestock daily
    • Not enough money: always have spare money and don’t waste it all
    • Flood: always have a reserve paddock to move your animals to
    • Drought: ensure  that the dams on your property are positioned appropriate to reach the peak of water supplies i.e. rivers and rain
    • Fires: you need to back burn and contact with the local fire brigade
    • Locusts: keep up to date with chemicals
    • Wind/sand & dirt storms: plant trees as a wind break
    • Feral animals: access to baits and traps to catch them
    • Thistles: keep up to date with chemicals