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Year in review 2016-2017, Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association



Year in review 2016-2017, Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association


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Taking care of the NTs Natural Resources working together to sustain the Territory Territory Natural Resource Management (TNRM) is an independent not for profit organisation that works with landholders, community groups, industry, and government to plan for and support responsible management of natural resources. We have been operating since 2005 and our members include pastoral companies, industry bodies, Landcare and community groups, local government, indigenous organisations, and businesses. Sustainable primary industries are important to the longterm management of our natural resources, and are an essential component of a strong and healthy economy. In 2016 we supported a range of on-ground projects and capacity building activities that support natural resource management on pastoral lands including: Last major Prickly acacia infestation treated in the Barkly More than 45,000 hectares of land in the Barkly Tablelands was managed for Prickly Acacia, one of Australias worst weeds. TNRM partnered with NT Weeds Branch and Barkly pastoralists to treat the last large standing infestations of this invasive weed on the Barkly. Monitoring and follow-up control will occur where required help eradicate Prickly acacia from across the region. Supporting sustainable grazing TNRM ran a series of Grazing Fundamentals workshops as part of Meat and Livestock Australias suite of accredited training workshops. The Grazing Fundamentals workshops provided 29 participants with a broad understanding of the components of the grazing production system and the core, scientifically-backed principles behind maximising grazing land productivity. Saving soils Twenty-one participants from nine pastoral properties received practical advice on mitigating and managing soil erosion through workshops supported by TNRM and delivered by Victoria River District Conservation Association and Centralian land Management Association. Remote sensing and drone technologies used to monitor weeds in remote landscapes Where chemical control of Parkinsonia is not feasible, biological agents are providing new opportunities for management. TNRM supported a project demonstrating the broad-scale application of biocontrol techniques as part of an integrated Parkinsonia management program on the Barkly Lakes. AACO worked collaboratively with Barkly Landcare and other partners to use remote sensing and drone technologies to monitor weed management outcomes. As part of the project, five people were trained in how to use biological agents against Parkinsonia and drones to capture data. Territory Conservation Agreements Five years ago TNRM started a partnership program with landholders to protect sites of environmental value within their property in a way that helps maintain production and improve grazing management. Known as Territory Conservation Agreements or TCAs, this program has gone from strength to strength. More than 30 pastoralists have installed fencing around critical wetland habitats and added solar pumps and water points in alternative areas. Because of ongoing demand, TNRM continues to expand this voluntary program. To help establish TCAs TNRM provides participants with up to $50,000. Over the life of the 10-year agreement TNRM also provides ongoing advice and support. To find out how you can benefit from a TCA go to territorynrm.org.au/territoryconservationagreements A Plan to manage the NTs natural resources The Northern Territory Natural Resource Management Plan 2016-2020 promotes a shared vision for Territorians to work together to manage the unique natural resources across the NT. The plan includes guiding principles for a range of activities including managing fire, weeds, and feral animals. It promotes sustainable industries, development and economic activities based around managing natural resources. Key information about maintaining and improving water and soil resources, as well as cultural and other natural assets are included. As are details about the importance of sharing NRM knowledge and engaging with the community. The Plan is customised to address region-specific issues in the Top End, Gulf Savanna, Tablelands, Arid Lands and Territory-wide. To get your copy and see how the plan impacts you go to territorynrm.org.au/the-nrm-plan Lend a hand Help us look after the Territorys natural resources by making a tax-deductable donation to support pastoral Landcare activities. For more than a decade TNRM has worked with pastoralists and pastoral Landcare groups providing grants, carrying out strategic weed and feral animal management, facilitating workshops, field days and publications and providing training and support for courses in sustainable grazing, soil health and pastoral management. If youve had a good season, please consider giving back to help the land and resources you rely on. Please donate at territorynrm.org.au For further information or to find about project opportunities contact Territory Natural Resource Management. info@territorynrm.org.au www.territorynrm.org.au 08 8942 8300 Territory Natural Resource Management is supported through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Programme.