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Newsletter, Decenber 2014
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DEPARTMENT OF PRIMARY INDUSTRY AND FISHERIES BARKLY BEEF | page 9 www.dpif.nt.gov.au Barkly Landcare & Conservation Association Update Kate Christianson, Regional Landcare Facilitator, Barkly Tablelands After a brief hiatus, things are moving along once again at Barkly Landcare & Conservation Association in Tennant Creek. Kate Christianson was appointed as the new Barkly Landcare Facilitator in July, bringing with her a broad range of project management and facilitation experience within the environmental and catchment management sector. Kate has begun to settle in and is working towards keeping the good work of her predecessors in motion. Within the Barkly, work is continuing on the two-year Beetaloo Rotational Grazing Pilot with a very successful field day held in September. Attendees came from all over Australia and from as far away as Tasmania! This pilot is a joint project between Barkly Landcare & Conservation Association, the Dunnicliff and Armstrong families of Beetaloo and Mungabroom Stations, the NT Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries and Desert Wildlife Services. The project is evaluating an alternative approach to grazing land management in the Barkly Tablelands region through the implementation of a long-term intensive rotational grazing system. The station owners are seeking to address the uneven utilisation of pastures, a problem typically seen on cattle properties, as well as enhance local biodiversity. Rotational grazing practices of this scale and intensity are new to the Mitchell grass downs of the Barkly.\ NT Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries staff completed the second round of pasture sampling for this year in October and the fifth comprehensive flora and fauna survey was undertaken by Desert Wildlife Services over the course of two weeks in November. In addition to this, cattle weight performance data is collected biannually by Beetaloo Station. This demonstration is gathering scientific evidence of what the pastures and biodiversity were like in the initial stages of the development and grazing program and how they change over time. The aim is to measure the potential for sustainably and profitability intensifying production through grazing practices that give greater control of livestock distribution, grazing pressure and pasture utilisation. Also this year in the Barkly, work is has commenced for regions in both the Tarrabool Lake and Lake Sylvester catchments. This work will entail spraying for Parkinsonia and Prickly Acacia, both weeds of national significance. Both ephemeral Lakes are recognised as High Conservation Value Aquatic Ecosystems within the Northern Territory. Opportunities- Non-pastoral Use Activities Annette Duncan, Department of Land Resource Management, Palmerston On 1 January 2014 amendments to the non-pastoral use (NPU) provisions of the Pastoral Land Act were enacted. The NPU amendments enable the Pastoral Land Board (PLB) to issue permits for NPU activities on pastoral land for a term of up to thirty years and to register the permit to the lease, allowing transfer with change of ownership. NPUs promote opportunities to diversify activities on pastoral properties. Additional fact sheets with more information will be released in future editions of Barkly Beef. In this issue you will find information on Where are the opportunities then over the coming issues will be Land Suitability, Pastoral Business Development, NPU & Native Title, Pastoral Land Act, Amendments and Frequently Asked Questions. If you want further information or any of these fact sheets before future editions please contact the Department of Land Resource Management, Director Pastoral Lease Administration and Board Annette Duncan on 0400576418 email: Annette.firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website www.lrm.nt.gov.au/npu.