Case Studies & Reports

Discover more about past projects and the success stories of Western Landcare NSW.

Vertebrate Pest Forums in the Western Region MEPAAW-WT-03

Vertebrate Pest Forums in the Western Region MEPAAW-WT-03

The Challenge Vertebrate pests are an ongoing issue in the Western Region of New South Wales. Research shows that the dingo population is spreading, and the predation of both dingoes and feral pigs are listed as Key Threatening Processes by the NSW DPI. Despite being...

Combating the spread of Deer in Western NSW MEPAAW–WT-02

Combating the spread of Deer in Western NSW MEPAAW–WT-02

The Challenge Feral deer can have major impacts on the environment as they have the potential to foul waterholes, cause soil erosion, spread weeds, transmit diseases and  destroy the native vegetation through trampling, over grazing and ringbarking young trees....

Keeping Vertebrate Pest Numbers at Bay MEPAAW–WT-01

Keeping Vertebrate Pest Numbers at Bay MEPAAW–WT-01

The Challenge One of the biggest challenges faced in the Western Region of NSW is controlling vertebrate pests such as wild dogs, foxes, rabbits and feral cats. These vertebrate pest animals cause significant impacts on both livestock production and native animal...

Building Bridges LLCI023-038

Building Bridges LLCI023-038

The Challenge In the Western District management of vertebrate pest animals requires collaboration between landholders and other organisations. However, there is a perceived lack of vertebrate animal control in local National Parks has caused a great deal of...

EMU in the Western Region LLCI023-037

EMU in the Western Region LLCI023-037

The Challenge The Western Division of New South Wales is made up of mostly arid and semi-arid land. Soil type and unreliable rainfall means that this area is mostly unsuitable to any form of intensive agricultural practice, especially once coupled with the prolonged...

Healthy Soils, Healthy Farms Education Program LLCI023-036

Healthy Soils, Healthy Farms Education Program LLCI023-036

The Challenge A healthy landscape starts from the soil up, but who looks after the soil and what do you need to ensure that soil remains healthy often remains a mystery to school children. Approximately, 61% of the Australian land mass is cared for by farmers, meaning...

Revitalising Landcare in Broken Hill LLCI023-035

Revitalising Landcare in Broken Hill LLCI023-035

The Challenge Landcare Broken Hill was formed in 2008 by a group of dedicated volunteers who wanted to support the local Regeneration Reserves. The group also worked to help increase their community’s awareness and understanding of the needs and benefits of local...

Drought Time Monitoring LLCI023-034

Drought Time Monitoring LLCI023-034

The Challenge Rabbits seem to appear in abundance after a good rainfall event, out of nowhere. As the drought hold tightens on vast areas of NSW, there often appears to be no rabbits around and feels like rabbits have not been seen in a very long time. It often also...

Merry Landcare Christmas LLCI023-033

Merry Landcare Christmas LLCI023-033

The Challenge Drought tends to have a domino affect on communities. Farmers are hit since they can't produce stock or crops at even close to their full capacity. This creates an economic burden on the community on top of the environmental burden that scars the...

Youth Speak Up LLCI023-032

Youth Speak Up LLCI023-032

The Challenge It’s rare to see young people given a platform to share their views and ideas, even more rare for rural and remote youth. Those below the voting age have few opportunities to be recognised despite being directly impacted by the decisions being made by...

Pictures Worth 1000 Words LLCI023-031

Pictures Worth 1000 Words LLCI023-031

The Challenge Often referred to as a ‘dust bowl’ the image of the Western Region of NSW is sometimes perceived as a dry, barren wasteland by those far from its borders. With agriculture being one of the primary industries of this region, the perception of ‘outsiders’...

Geomorphology in the Arid Rangelands LLCI023-030

Geomorphology in the Arid Rangelands LLCI023-030

The Challenge As the impacts of a changing climate become more and more intense it is necessary for land managers to adapt their practices, however, it can be difficult to know how to read the land under extreme conditions and to feel empowered to be proactive in the...

Working the Dogs at Anabranch LLCI023-029

Working the Dogs at Anabranch LLCI023-029

The Challenge With the onset on the drought farmers in the Lower Anabranch noticed a dramatic increase in the number of kangaroos that were travelling south towards the Murray River in search of water. Kangaroo populations are at unsustainable levels and so the Lower...

Euston Community Learns to Save Lives LLCI023-028

Euston Community Learns to Save Lives LLCI023-028

The Challenge Euston Regional Landcare formed in November 2017 to address the needs of its rural members in training, education, large scale sustainable agriculture projects and coordination of pest management. Since its inaugral meeting in 2017 the group have found...

Pigs Stopped in the Tracks by Landcare Group LLCI023-027

Pigs Stopped in the Tracks by Landcare Group LLCI023-027

The Challenge Euston Regional Landcare Inc and its members reside in the rangelands of southern far west NSW. This area has experienced serious to severe rainfall deficiencies between 01/01/18 and 30/06/18 with rainfall still being below average. With the current...

Euston Landcare Gets Started LLCI023-026

Euston Landcare Gets Started LLCI023-026

The Challenge With the old Euston Landcare Group revived as Euston Regional Landcare Inc the group needed a project to bring members together and assure them that the group is active and worth their time and member fees. The problem was that the group consisted of...

Bourke Ain’t Caught Nuffin’ Fishing Club LLCI023-024

Bourke Ain’t Caught Nuffin’ Fishing Club LLCI023-024

The Challenge A key challenge facing the Bourke Ain't caught Nuffin' Fishing Club has been the introduction of Carp to River systems across Australia. Carp have become a key threat to ecological communities as there feeding behaviours have led to increased turbidity...

Bringing South Western NSW into the Landcare Network LLCI023-023

Bringing South Western NSW into the Landcare Network LLCI023-023

The Challenge Western Landcare NSW is a Landcare Network that provides landcare support and representation for an area that takes up 40% of NSW. The target area of Western Landcare NSW is so large that it is split into three communities: West, North and South. Western...

Healthy Landscapes – Healthy Food LLCI023-022

Healthy Landscapes – Healthy Food LLCI023-022

The Challenge In the rangelands, stock are grazed on mostly intact natural systems of native pastures, and increasing perennial pastures enables farmers to produce more food. It’s a win-win situation where, if done well, food production can work in harmony with the...

Connecting to Culture LLCI023-021

Connecting to Culture LLCI023-021

The Challenge Throughout history the Darling River has had significant cultural value to the Aboriginal tribes that inhabited its banks. However following colonisation the river became subject to a range of adverse environmental impacts including the removal of snags,...

BBQing New Life into Landcare LLCI023-020

The Challenge The Murray Darling Junction Landcare Group have been an active group in the Wentworth area for many years and have always laid down projects that make their town a more sustainable and beautiful place to live. In recent years the group has struggled to...

Euston Landcare Group Rehabilitation LLCI023-019

Euston Landcare Group Rehabilitation LLCI023-019

The Challenge The threat of wild dogs that prey on wildlife and farmers livestock is becoming increasingly more real for farmers in south western NSW. At the center of south western NSW, just south of Mungo National Park, lives a group of farmers with growing concerns...

Empowering Future Landcarers LLCI023-018

Empowering Future Landcarers LLCI023-018

The Challenge Attracting young people into agriculture and natural resource management is challenging in Western NSW due to the lack of training opportunities and geographic isolation. Shortages of labor for on ground farm work as well as shortages in young, local...

Growing Youth Engagement LLCI023-017

Growing Youth Engagement LLCI023-017

The Challenge In the Broken Hill area there were limited opportunities for young people to participate in natural resource management and environmental activities. Broken Hill Landcare was also struggling to attract younger people into the group. The Solution Broken...

Keeping it Local LLCI023-015

Keeping it Local LLCI023-015

The Challenge The Western NSW rangelands are a huge producer of healthy and sustainable meat. Produce from this region is highly sought after in many overseas markets and there is also local demand for it, however, it is really difficult to buy Western Region meat in...

Re-snagging the Darling LLCI023-014

Re-snagging the Darling LLCI023-014

The Challenge Native Fish populations in the Darling River are estimated to be at around 10% of pre European settlement levels. Bourke's Ain't Caught Nuffin' Fishing Club since its inception in 2013 has worked to increase the numbers of native fish in the Darling...

Going Where No Landcarer has Gone Before LLCI023-013

Going Where No Landcarer has Gone Before LLCI023-013

The Challenge When the new Local Landcare Coordinator started in March 2016 there were many blank patches identified in much of southwest New South Wales where no Landcare groups were operating. Included in these vast Landcareless rangelands was the Darling River and...

Greening Wentworth LLCI023-012

Greening Wentworth LLCI023-012

The Challenge The Murray Darling Junction Landcare Group recently reformed and had been waiting for months for a Management Plan to be approved before they were able to work on the area they wished to restore. The group were in need of a project that would motivate...

Linking Young People to the Land LLCI023-011

Linking Young People to the Land LLCI023-011

The Challenge Many youth fall through the cracks of our current education systems, especially in rural and remote areas where alternate schooling opportunities are lacking or inaccessible due to distance, transport or financial restrictions. In Far West NSW there are...

Landcare at the Farming Together Forum LLCI023-010

Landcare at the Farming Together Forum LLCI023-010

The Challenge The Western Local Land Services Region covers 40% of NSW and much of this land is farmed organically with innovative, sustainable grazing practices being implemented all the time. For this reason the Western Landcare Forum Committee decided in late 2016...

Collective Action Against Pests LLCI023-009

Collective Action Against Pests LLCI023-009

The Challenge The Pine Creek Area Rangecare Group (PCARG) consists of landholders and land managers in the area south of Broken Hill, NSW. For a long time this area has been actively engaged in Landcare activities, however, in recent years group action has been...

Buckwaroon School Day LLCI023-008

Buckwaroon School Day LLCI023-008

The Challenge Cobar is a remote town in Western NSW 700km from Sydney with a population falling just below 4000. The town is based mainly around the mining industry, although it also has a strong agriculture industry present. The Buckwaroon Landcare group identified...

Great Governance = Great Groups LLCI023-007

Great Governance = Great Groups LLCI023-007

The Challenge An issue that faces many organisations whose work is dependent on funding determined by higher powers is ‘what happens to everything we have developed when we are no longer here’. Western Landcare is no stranger to the issue and it is one that underpins...

National Tree Day LLCI023-006

National Tree Day LLCI023-006

The Challenge With the commencement of three new Landcare Coordinators in the Western region it was determined that a key focus of their role would be to promote Landcare across a range of mediums. Primary Schools were identified as a key target audience; however a...

Making an Ass of Wild Dogs LLCI023-005

Making an Ass of Wild Dogs LLCI023-005

The Challenge Wild dogs have become an increasingly prevalent issue across the Western region with some landholders losing astonishing numbers of livestock. Ben and Liarne Mannix of Gumbooka, a property 65 km North West of Bourke, are no strangers to the issue. Over...

Engaging With Man’s Best Friend LLCI023-004

Engaging With Man’s Best Friend LLCI023-004

The Challenge The Western region of NSW makes up 40% of the state with much of the country being utilised for agriculture. With such vast areas of land that are often run by small family businesses the challenges of managing the area can often be extreme. The Solution...

Reinvigorating Landcare Groups LLCI023-003

Reinvigorating Landcare Groups LLCI023-003

After 6 years of no activity the Fords Bridge Landcare Group has reinvigorated itself with the support of their Local Landcare Coordinator and determined a range of projects they hope to undertake in coming years

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