Condamine Alliance

New approach to boost biodiversity in the Condamine

Condamine Alliance has adopted a new way to boost biodiversity in the Condamine catchment and initial results have proved promising.

The group has just released the first year report card in its biodiversity project, Enrich, which is supported through funding from the Australian Government’s Clean Energy Future Biodiversity Fund.

The five year project is working in targeted locations across the catchment which have been chosen for their special vegetation characteristics and possibility of maximum conservation gains.  Continue Reading…

Aboriginal Language Revival in the Condamine River Catchment

For the first time in the Condamine River catchment significant research has been undertaken to record and share Aboriginal language of the area.

The Condamine Alliance Languages Project is an initiative of Condamine Alliance through funding under the Australian Government’s Indigenous Language Support Program (formerly Maintenance of Indigenous Languages and Records). The project aims to support language revival in communities along the Condamine River.

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Spotting weeds in the Condamine catchment

Weeds cost Queensland an estimated $600 million annually and have significant impacts on primary industries, natural ecosystems, and human and animal health.

In the Condamine catchment three Weeds of National Significance are a threat: Chilean needle grass, parthenium and blackberry. These along with other weeds are not only a threat to agriculture but some like parthenium, are noxious to animals and dangerous to people’s health.

The community groups of the Condamine catchment are continuing to play their part in locating and identifying weeds in our region through the Weedspotters program, now in its second round. Their identification skills and reporting of infestations is contributing to the understanding of weed spread and consequent control in the catchment. Continue Reading…

382 football fields rubbish free

An area the size of 382 football fields has been cleared of rubbish since Condamine Alliance began its flood clean-up last year.

The figure was revealed in Condamine Alliance’s first Flood Recovery Report Card which was released today.

“This is a major achievement that was made possible due to wide-spread community involvement and support,” Condamine Alliance Chief Executive Officer Phil McCullough said.

The natural resource management group has been working with local councils, volunteers and community groups to remove tonnes of rubbish throughout the Condamine catchment as a result of the devastating floods in January 2011. Continue Reading…

The Sustainable Agriculture program – working together to improve and protect the land

The Condamine Alliance Sustainable Agriculture program is dedicated to improving and protecting agricultural land in the Condamine catchment.

It does this by helping farmers obtain and apply new skills, knowledge and practices to better manage soil carbon and groundcover.

Groundcover is one of the best ways to guard against erosion and keep soil safe.

Over the past year, the Sustainable Agriculture program has helped 150 cropping and grazing farmers apply improved practices across more than 20,000 hectares to manage soil carbon and reduce erosion risk.

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Specialist advice helps farmer tackle erosion disaster

When floodwaters in the Condamine catchment broke a creek bank in early 2011, one Darling Downs farmer lost an estimated 34,000 tonnes of soil as it washed away from his 35 hectare cropping paddock. With water 1 metre deep in some areas, up to 75 centimetres of soil was lost in the worst affected areas. Continue Reading…

Science leader takes a trip for sake of catchment

A Toowoomba scientist will use a travelling bursary to create a report card on the state of the Condamine catchment.

Condamine Alliance Science Leader Lucy Richardson accepted the 2011 Murray Darling Association Travelling Bursary award at the annual Murray Darling Association conference in Dalby on Thursday 8 September. Continue Reading…

Tomorrow’s farmers get expert advice today

A Condamine Alliance project, Leadership through the Ages, will link industry experts with enthusiastic young farmers to equip them with the knowledge and skills for the future.

The project will connect 20 young people with a network of active and semi-retired scientists across the disciplines of climate science, policy, teamwork and community engagement.

Young and emerging rural operators will benefit significantly from the network program, by learning strategies to adapt to climate variability and the potential effects of climate change that are anticipated over the next decade. Continue Reading…