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Joint approach to erosion control

‘Sunnyvale’ at Barrengarry has been in the Lidbetter family for over 100 years.

Originally a dairy, the 110ha property has recently turned to grazing cattle. In 2015 Geoff Lidbetter approached South East Local Land Services regarding severe bed and bank erosion occurring within the property along a tributary of Barrengarry Creek.

These gully headcuts were progressively moving upstream and had already removed one crossing and were actively moving upwards toward Barrengarry Road (the major road joining Moss Vale and Kangaroo Valley).

South East Local Land Services were able to assist Geoff with technical advice and design, as well as construction of the erosion control works.

The works involved the construction of three concrete flumes, one rock ramp and 400 metres of new fencing to manage stock movement around the new structures. Still to be completed is the planting of native species along the watercourse, which will assist in stabilising the banks.

The planting is planned to occur in spring this year.

Funding for the works was provided for by the Rural Landscape Program (RLP) and a financial contribution from Geoff. This Program is a joint initiative between South East Local Land Services and WaterNSW.

The RLP is aimed at protecting and improving water quality within targeted Sydney drinking water catchment areas. This is achieved by providing funding assistance to landholders for a range of land and water management practices.

Geoff has entered into a 10 year management agreement with South East Local Land Services and has agreed to carry out certain activities such as management of stock movement in the area, maintenance of native vegetation established by South East Local Land Services as well as maintenance of new fencing.

Geoff is very grateful for the support:

“The project stopped the erosion which was going to isolate a large section of our farm, and the works have taken the energy out of the water. We can now access the northern section of our property to maintain productivity.”

If you are interested in funding through the RLP please contact either Adam Hook or Jacqueline Holland on 0427 203 919.