ADAPT NSW TALK: by Robert Lee

  • We have changed our enterprise structure to enable us to destock and restock with great flexibility. This has been quite a long process.
  • Laid kilometres of pipe and dozens of troughs to improve stock water delivery.
  • Decreased the size of many paddocks and increased mob size to enable longer rest periods for pastures after grazing.
  • Built drought lots so as to remove sheep from the pasture altogether when necessary and when they are not lambing. This was done with assistance of the CTLLS, much appreciated. They also provided training as part of that program which was worthwhile.
  • Planting thousands of trees, although it has been difficult at times keeping them alive. This is to keep me sane as the dust roils in over the horizon and to provide shade and shelter for livestock as well as unknown benefits to other creatures. Landcare funding has helped with much of this, dating back to the late 1990’s
  • Run a rigorous business to ensure that our financial position does not deteriorate. This has been very important.
  • Although not directly related to climate change, we have recently contracted with The Biodiversity Conservation Trust to manage 160 Ha of grass box woodland and some rocky outcrops in a manner to try and preserve the biodiversity. This means basically that on the grazing land we only graze for 30 days a year and only in winter. They pay us a small stipend for this effort in perpetuity. I think this sort of thing could become more common if we can ever develop a viable market for carbon sequestration services.

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Tom Lee

Tom Lee

Technology, landscape, narrative, poetics, design. Senior lecturer in Design at UTS, author of Coach Fitz. https://giramondopublishing.com/product/coach-fitz/