Another busy year for Gunning District Landcare! We have been delighted to continue the Coordinator position, filled by Sonya Duus. This has been partly possible by using GDLs own funds, but also successfully receiving a variety of grants. We feel strongly that a Coordinator position is critical to our endeavours.

A brief snap shot of key activities include;

Feral Fox Fighters – This long running coordinated baiting program continues to be well supported by the community and Local Land Services. It has significant impacts on local fox populations and is vitally important to reducing predation on native animals, domestic animals and stock and the spread of disease. This year we were able to further support the program by facilitating some free training for landholders and hosting a Free Fox Baiting Breakfast for group leaders and participants.

The School Holiday program – This very successful program continues. This year we delivered events on Ngunnawal Bush Tucker, Waterbugs, Butterfly and Bug Experience, and a Fishing Competition. We delight in the children’s learning and enjoyment as they grow their understanding and connection with the natural world.

Southern Pygmy Perch Project – Gunning District Landcare have been committed to implementing a variety of activities to support the survival of the endangered Southern Pygmy Perch (SPP). One example is our Refuge Dam Project supporting landholders to establish suitable habitat dams on their property as alternate refuges for the SPP. An Aquatic Plant Workshop hosted by GDL’s Janet Heffernan in August demonstrated the ‘get-in-there-and-have-a-go’ approach to establishing aquatic plants – which provide vital habitat for the SPP.

Community Information Evenings – These short evening seminars have proven popular with local landholders. In August we had Jason Moroney from Local Land Services (LLS) speak about pest animal management and the NSW Biosecurity Act.  In September we hosted Water Rights on Your Farm, which was an informative talk from LLS Officer Shane Laverty explaining concepts such as harvestable water rights, dam construction and approval and irrigation rights.