• Hannah Phillips

Funding to Stop Mallee Seeps

Mallee Sustainable Farming (MSF) have been funded $965,500 over the next four years to deliver a new project to manage and prevent Mallee Seeps across the region's low lying farm land.

The funding comes under the National Landcare Program’s Smart Farming initiative which aims to develop and implement the next generation of sustainable farming practices across the region.

Federal Member for Mallee, Andrew Broad MP said MSF will use the funding to create a holistic approach to seep management for preventing land degradation across our farming landscape.

“Mallee Seeps can be detrimental to our land, it causes salt incursions, and it is extremely difficult for vegetation to thrive – leaving the land unproductive," he said.

“I have always had a long-term belief in farming systems on Mallee sands and over the series of dryer years I continue to be impressed by the innovative and productive farming practices of our broad acre farmers.

"I look forward to seeing to project develop across our region.”

Mr Broad was at the Mallee Machinery Field Days and spoke to Flow FM about the funding.

Project partners over the next four years include the CSIRO, South Australian Murray Darling Basin Natural Resource Management Board, Mallee Catchment Management Authority, Insight Extension for Agriculture, AGRIvision, Coorong Tatiara Local Action Planning Association and University of Adelaide.

MSF Chairperson and Gol Gol farmer Daniel Linklater met with Mr Broad when he made the announcement, and explained the importance of being able to stop Mallee seeps in their tracks.

“A problem of this magnitude requires a significant investment and a collaborative approach.

"Our farmer members have been telling us they need solutions and we are looking forward to working with leading researchers and consultants to develop innovative management strategies that will benefit our farmers and the wider community”, Mr Linklater said.

The project will model seep formation in the landscape to identify high risk areas and seasonal indicators, develop an early detection system, trial novel plant species for their suitability in seep prevention and management and determine the best practices for old seep remediation.

In 2017 MSF conducted a survey of 80 Mallee farmers to investigate the extent of seeps in the region.

The findings showed that if left unmanaged, seeps could increase ten-fold in the next ten years leaving over 20,000 ha of land affected.

Image Source: Federal Member for Mallee, Andrew Broad MP and MSF Chairperson Daniel Linklater

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