Katanning Landcare meeting a first

JOE CASSIDYGreat Southern Herald

Landcare heavyweights discussed hot conservation topics, including the protection of endangered species and issues with salinity, during their visit to Katanning recently.

More than a dozen Landcare Council members from across the country joined Katanning District Landcare Council for one of two meetings.

Acting chairman of the Landcare Council of Australia Dennis Mutton said it was the first time the meeting had been held in Katanning and he highlighted how it was a chance to get to the heart of the region and find out how the organisation could further assist landholders.

“The first day we spent in the field, catching up with farmers who have been working on a whole- farm plan,” he said.

“We also spoke about the protection of endangered species, in particular the red-tailed phascogale.”

The group were a diverse mix, including Landcare officials, sustainability groups and region-specific groups.

Australian Landcare Council member and Katanning resident Ella Maesepp, who helped co-ordinate the visit, said the trip provided a chance to have positive conversation with conservation stakeholders that would see some tangible benefits.

“By having the chance to come to Katanning these groups are getting an understanding of our systems, how things work in this neck of the woods, and what challenges we face,” she said.

“They can then provide this information to the federal Minster for Agriculture and we can help inform positive policy in our region.”

Ms Maesepp said some of the issues discussed included salinity, which had dropped off the national radar recently, productive farming systems and how to assist small landholders to help them achieve positive outcomes in revegetation, pests, weeds and soil health.

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