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 Auteuil Field Day was a great success!

Last Friday, landholders in the northeast of the Desert Channels region were treated to the very latest in sustainable production techniques at our field day at Auteuil, near Aramac.

Drone pilot, Simon Wiggins, explains the finer points of remote weed control to visitors.

More than 50 people heard and saw the successes of our new weed control program and how it links with the Area Management Plan that DCQ developed and had endorsed by the State Government.

DCQ’s Area Management Plan enables landholders to clear native vegetation when carrying out weed control operations under the guidance of an approved five year weed plan.

Leanne Kohler, our CEO, said the recent weed control work undertaken on Auteuil and neighbouring properties provided some clear lessons. “To have seen these Prickly Acacia infestations before work commenced, and to now compare the results of concerted control work, certainly shows that the proof of the pudding is in the eating,” she said.

“Where there were thickets and no grass, there are now dead prickle trees and grass beginning to come back.”

Auteuil was the first property to work with DCQ to form a cluster group with adjoining properties to develop five year plans. The plans provide a blueprint for landscape scale management of weeds and ferals, including guidance on stock movement, all aimed at improving grazing land productivity.

Attendees were also given expert presentations on how banks value a property with and without weeds, the Climate Champion Program, feral pig control, an update on the wild dog barrier fence, and a very practical exercise in land condition assessments.

There was also an opportunity to provide input to our new regional natural resource management plan, as well as an update on all things Landcare in the region..

“It was a big day with something for everyone," said Leanne.

Yamaha Rmax remotely spraying an ultra dense infestation of Prickly Acacia.




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Gidgee Control Area Management Plan Information - Under the heading "Existing AMPs" are the "Desert Channels AMP" and "Desert Channels map" links. Also on this page is the link to the notification form (for clearing) under the heading "How do landholders or organisations clear under an approved AMP?"

Click here to download a spreadsheet for calculating the number of immature gidgee trees to be retained during thinning operations