The Woady Yaloak Catchment community has worked hard, through its on-ground works and productivity program, to make positive changes to its assets (people, business and natural resources). The Group believes that it is important to quantify the impact of this work, so every ten years, the Woady Yaloak Catchment Group undertakes a major audit of its economic, social and environmental progress.
The results of our latest audit can be found in the following documents.
- 20 year audit: Outcomes from landholder involvement and investment in landcare (2001 to 2013)
- Trends in soil condition in the Woady Yaloak Catchment (1992 to 2012)
- Trends in waterway condition in the Woady Yaloak Catchment (2004 to 2013)
- Woady Yaloak Bird Monitoring: results from 2014 / 2015
A snap shot of on ground activity and changes to farm productivity
In the past 20 years, landholders have undertaken more than $9.8 million worth of projects directly funded by the Woady Yaloak Catchment Group. The majority of these costs being borne by landholders (in excess of $5.8 million). However this is only a small part of what is invested in landcare throughout the catchment. The 20 year audit survey results show landholders are spending $16 on landcare type activities in 2013 for each $1 received in grants.
Key indicators against the four aims indicates progress is being made:
- Farm profit and farm equity, two important indicators of business sustainability, have increased in the past decade. Whilst the increases are not large (average profit increase of 9% and equity of 13%), the direction is positive, despite increases in area farmed, and the cash flow and liquidity challenges facing many farming operations around Australia.
- Over the twenty year history of Woady, 90% of farms have been involved in projects at some stage. The annual participation rate of farmers in the Project remains high, with the long term average at 58% of private land managed by Woady Group members.
- Improvements to the natural resources including:
- More than 11,000 ha of pasture improvement, equal to 11% of private land in the catchment. (Image folder: pasture project Mellingtons)
- Major changes in soil condition, with an estimated investment above maintenance of $23.3 million in fertiliser and $5.2 million in lime
- A net positive increase in stream condition in 2013 compared to 2004, with 73% of sites recording an increased score. (Image folder: Woady river 2)
- 900 ha or 73% of saline land in the catchment treated, with 240 ha sown to salt tolerant species.
- 3,000 hrs of erosion control work undertaken.
- 7,600 litres of chemical used to treat weed infestations, eg. gorse, spiny rush, serrated tussock.
- 28 on farm trials investigating responses to fertiliser, lime, biological products, herbicides and pasture species (Image folder: pasture trials)
- Improvements in flora and fauna including:
- Protection of 34 ha of native remnant vegetation (Image folder: flora and fauna Cookes)
- Revegetation with 800,000 trees, resulting in a doubling of the area of trees and shrubs on private land (Image folder: tree planting day Laffans)
- Management recommendations for 78 native vegetation sites on private land (613 ha).
Public and private investors have been a vital contributor to this activity, including contributions of more than $4 million dollars, with $900,000 over 15 years from Alcoa, $400,000 from private sponsors and industry bodies and $2.7 million for works and staffing from Federal, State and Local Government.