A state Landcare award has been handed to Clover Hills Cluster Group and puts them in the running for the Australian Government Innovation in Agriculture and Land Management Award.
The group consists of five properties – The Patrick, Lara, Clover Hills, Gregory Park and Trent. More then 33,545ha south of Barcaldine has been fenced by the group.
Group representative, Ben Chandler says the cluster is very humbled by the award.
“We are excited by the prospect of reintroducing sheep and wool production, with much stronger control of vertebrate pests, and husbandry outcomes.”
Landcare Spokesman Doug Allpass says the Award is recognition of the good work being undertaken by the 10 active Landcare groups in the Desert Channels Queensland catchment area.
“This is no different to any of the other cluster groups in the west – they are an example of them all and private landholders are just the same – they’re all looking after their land. They know, the more you look after it, the more it looks after you.”
Mr Allpass says any fencing cluster group should look to become a Landcare group and apply for funding for projects such as fencing off weed-infested creeks.