Desert Channels Group

  • landscape scale collaborative action
  • accurate mapping of weeds
  • identified priority action areas
  • eradication in areas of high public benefit
  • coordination with Govt agency investment


DCQ’s Positive Action Cluster Team (PACT) Program is engaging, educating and training landholders in collaborative landscape scale planning and action to equip them to manage NRM issues on a strategic, landscape scale.

This project develops and rolls out a ‘cluster’ planning and action model to PACT groups across the region. It’s designed to provide peer support on issues and actions that transcend property boundaries, while at the same time using peer pressure to encourage action from individuals. The program aims to have the productive landscapes of the region sustainably managed by self-perpetuating, landholder planning and action groups.

The process is underpinned by: the PACT agreement; approved weed plans; priority area mapping; and the WoNS AMP.

The PACT Agreement is between a grouping of landholders who have made commitments, to each other and to Desert Channels Group, to collaboratively undertake weed eradication and ongoing monitoring and management, across multiple properties.

DCQ approved weed plans include: spatial areas of weeds subject to control works; control techniques to be implemented; chemical and application rate; monitoring requirement; and requirement for ongoing control.

DCQ’s priority area mapping shows landholders, through time series satellite imagery, the areas where weeds are breaking out across the whole landscape, how their property fits in that landscape jigsaw, and how action away from their land will ultimately benefit them and protect their investment.
The DCQ-developed WoNS AMP (area management plan) for Western Queensland complements the PACT project by enabling approved weed control in association with native