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Council continues links with landowners to improve rural conditions

Published: 23 June 2015

Council continues links with landowners to improve rural conditions
Mayor Pam Parker, Tony McKew from SEQ Catchments, Environment and Sustainability Committee Chairperson, Councillor Trevina Schwarz, and Council staff Barnaby Resch and Donald Mackenzie with the award.

The second stage of a project to improve the conditions of rural land across the City of Logan will begin soon following the success of a pilot project at Chambers Flat and Stockleigh last year.

The Logan Rural Landholder Engagement Project was endorsed at today's Ordinary Council meeting and Parks, Health, Environment and Sustainability Committee Chairperson, Councillor Trevina Schwarz (Division 11) said the majority of Logan's waterways, ecological corridors and significant habitat areas were located within the rural and semi‐rural parts of Logan.

"These parts cover about 70 per cent of the city and the health and resilience of our waterways and corridor connections are significantly impacted by how rural land in the catchment is managed," she said.

"Poor land management practices impact on these waterways and can cause the loss of productive land through bank erosion.

"A healthy river system is ultimately critical to sustaining established rural-based industries, as well as protecting and retaining good quality agricultural land and supporting new and diverse enterprise."

As part of the Logan's Rivers and Wetland Recovery Plan 2014 ‐ 2024, rural land management was identified as a key component for improving the health and resilience of Logan's rivers, Cr Schwarz said.

"The pilot Logan River Landholder Engagement Project, which focused on the Chambers Flat/Stockleigh area, was a highly successful model in engaging landholders, raising awareness of the importance of land management and the connection to healthy river systems, and providing landholders with access to information and services on how to manage their land effectively," she said.
"This success was further proven on Friday night at the 2015 Healthy Waterways Awards, with Council being awarded the 2015 Government Stewardship Award for the project.

"Phase 2 will build on the learnings and feedback received from key stakeholders and is proposed to have a city‐wide reach.
"This component will include a series of land management workshops/demonstration days rolled out across the city that are open to all Logan's residents.
"The educational series, in partnership with community and industry groups, will provide practical advice and up‐to‐date information on best practice weed, pasture, and grazing management strategies and techniques and will cater for differing rural audiences and industry needs.
"These workshops, demonstration days and site tours provide key networking opportunities, which was seen as a major outcome from the pilot project."
Cr Schwarz said Council would create a dedicated landholder engagement webpage as a central portal for land management communication throughout Logan.
"This will provide information on upcoming workshops and provide links to external community and industry initiatives as well as fact sheets and links to support property management planning," she said.
The project will start in July.
Contact Logan City Council's Environment and Sustainability branch for more information.