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Goyder's Line: Building Drought Resilience into Transitional Country

The Goyder’s Line project seeks to increase the capacity of the region’s most vulnerable farmers to adapt to changing climatic conditions - progressively drier conditions and more frequent drought. The project will increase their understanding of landscape function, reinforce the links with productivity, provide a range of management options during dry times, and ensure they have the knowledge and skills to adjust their business operations.

Goyder's Line
The green line in the above map indicates Goyder's Line.

Project outcomes

The project will deliver a range of extension and on-ground activities aimed at increasing farmers' ability to manage their land, their stock and their businesses, through changing times.

The activities will be broad reaching to cut across all aspects of a farming operation; land resource management of soil, on-farm vegetation and biodiversity, climate change, finance and business. The project will:

  • Engage landholders via one-on-one discussions to communicate program goals.
  • Deliver extension courses and a range of engagement activities to increase awareness, build capacity and enable land managers to enact sustainable agricultural practices.
  • Develop and deliver on-ground works projects resulting from extension courses and workshops and property plan recommendations.
  • Create awareness and engagement via field extension activities; soil pits and a grassland management trial.

The project will deliver 15 property management plans, with a drought focus, in which landowners will enter into a 10-year land management agreement to support drought resilience. In addition, on-ground works will be delivered such as earthworks to reduce erosion and capture moisture, revegetation, shelter belts, stock containment areas, and relocating water points.

This project will also deliver a range of additional extension activities and on-ground works for the adoption of better land management practices and enable change, including;

  • Soil testing
  • Containment area construction
  • Revegetation
  • Workshops, courses and field days
  • Communication through fact sheets, videos, a podcast and social media


Containment Area Grants

This project has delivered grants up to $1000 per farm to establish livestock containment areas. The grants were open to properties in the vicinity of Goyder's Line and in increasing marginal country within the Northern and Yorke region.

Funding partners

Federal Government’s Future Drought Fund- Natural Resource Management Drought Resilience Program.

Programs are being delivered in accordance with the principles outlined in the Future Drought Fund’s 2020-24 Drought Resilience Funding Plan, including as far as practicable, a requirement of co-investment to maximise program outcomes.

Goyder's Line: Building Drought Resilience into Transitional Country

The Drought Resilience Podcast

Listen to honest accounts of the drought from farming families in Orroroo, Eudunda and Keyneton via The Drought Resilience Podcast. This podcast, produced in partnership with Talking Livestock and Voice it, features four South Australian sheep producers who have battled consecutive years of drought. Each interview reveals how they navigated their businesses and families through the financial and mental hardships, including practical coping strategies such as containment feeding. The Drought Resilience Podcast is supported by the Northern and Yorke Landscape Board, through funding from the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund and National Landcare Program.

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More information

Landscape Project Officer

Libby Duncan

0456 755 346