Regional Area Management: We are pleased to announce Mrs Catherine Crowden, Project Officer, South West NRM as a session speaker at The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference; Participation and Progress will be held in Canberra on 5 – 6 September 2016.
Catherine Crowden will be speaking on ‘Who Fenced the Dogs Out? Collaborative Area Management: Working Together to Support the Grazing Industries of South West Queensland’ in the Regional environmental sustainability stream.
Regional Area Management: The Collaborative Area Management (CAM) project is a cost-efficient, pest exclusion and total grazing pressure management model developed by South West NRM, with funding support provided by the Australian and Queensland Governments. This innovative concept involves land managers working cooperatively to build and maintain an exclusion fence around a group of properties.
Through a collaborative approach that presents strong economies of scale, projects can be implemented with significantly less private and public investment. Following fence construction, land managers continue to work as a group to manage invasive pest animals inside the cluster. Outcomes of this project include a reduction in the environmental and economic impacts of pest animals and an improvement in livestock production and profitability. A decrease in predation allows land managers the choice to return to, or continue working in the sheep industry, a class of production closely correlated with the sustainability of rural townships. A decrease in total grazing pressure, through a reduction in pest animal numbers, enables land managers to implement pasture management practices resulting in improved pasture health.
Catherine Crowden is the Project Officer for the Collaborative Area Management Project through South West NRM where she has worked for the past two years. Catherine completed a Bachelor of Science in 2013 with Majors in Conservation and Wildlife Biology and Environmental Management through Murdoch University in Western Australia where she lived for seven years. Catherine is responsible for the on-ground monitoring and evaluation of the project, reporting to the QLD State Government and working closely with the land managers involved both inside and outside of the cluster groups.
Regional Area Management will be discussed at The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference; Participation and Progress to be held in Canberra on 5 – 6 September 2016 to register for the conference CLICK HERE.
With over 60 speakers and 7 keynote speakers, it is the Regional Development Conference to be sure to attend. To view the 2016 Conference Program CLICK HERE.