Returning sustainability and resilience to the South Olary Plains

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The Living Landscapes Group comprised of many different organisations held a workshop last month at Calperum Station to discuss how they can conserve and manage an area that links the River Murray to the outback (South Olary Plains).

Posted 29 March 2021.

Some years ago, the Living Landscapes Group developed a conservation action plan that provided a shared vision and agreed on priorities to support the integrated conservation management of this significant landscape. This area includes Danggali Wilderness protection area.

Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board Ecology Team Leader Wendy Stubbs said this workshop in February was a critical next stage.

“The workshop helped participants to better understand what each other does and why,” she said.

“We found where we can work together to achieve more significant outcomes, identify gaps and help this area return to its wild state.

“We heard from participants about other current projects that fit into what the Living Landscapes Group is trying to achieve and how we can assist each other.

The groups’ vision is to work together to restore a self-sufficient, resilient, functioning, culturally rich ecosystem that is valued by all.

“The South Olary Plains is a special place that deserves to be conserved and restored.

“Occupying an area as great as Kangaroo Island, we would love to see threatened species like quolls, bilbies, black-eared miners and Malleefowl once more playing their part in a healthy ecosystem,” Ms Stubbs said.

The Living LandscapesGroup is made up of organisations and groups which include;

  • BirdLife Australia-Gluepot
  • Australian Landscape Trust–Calperum and Taylorville stations
  • Traditional owner–First Peoples of the River Murray and Mallee
  • Australian Wildlife Conservancy–Scotia Sanctuary
  • Federation University–Nanya station
  • NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service–Tarawi Nature Reserve
  • Local community members
  • Trees for Life
  • local Landcare groups
  • National Parks and Wildlife services, Riverland and Murraylands–Danggali, Chowilla, Pooginook and Cooltong
  • Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board
  • Zoos SA

The Living LandscapesGroup is a team of like-minded organisations and groups who manage for conservation more than 850,000 hectares of land north of Berri in South Australia, where the River Murray meets the outback-called the South Olary Plains Landscape.

The Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board Ecology Team are supported by the Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board through funding from landscape levies.

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