Thriving Communities Start in Backyards
Living out of town means a place to escape the hustle and bustle for Kevin and Kay Barker of Black River. They knew that an infestation of weeds was taking over their 100 hectare lifestyle block, but controlling it was a different story.
“I was… just looking at it,” Kevin said. “I was scratching my head saying, ‘What am I going to do with this stuff?’”
The Barkers’ property was home to five of Queensland’s worst weeds. Situated within significant wildlife corridors with several threatened species, the weeds were taking over native plants, killing habitat for native animals and posing a poison risk for neighbours’ stock.
NQ Dry Tropics’ Healthy Habitat program helped hundreds of landholders just like Kevin and Kay. Thanks to funding from the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country program, Healthy Habitat provided tools, knowledge, funding, support and channels of communication to encourage semi-rural landholders in the Burdekin Dry Tropics to manage their properties independently. The program has frequently saved landholders time, money and improved their property’s value.
With the help of an individualised property plan, a $2000 grant and almost triple that amount of their own contribution, the Barkers now have a long-term strategy and are managing their property for their children and the greater health of the region.
Following this success, NQ Dry Tropics released a series of self-help tools to assist more landholders to do the same. View the online information hub: Search Healthy Habitat at www.wiki.nqdrytropics.com.au
- More than 300 landholders engaged
- 24,000 hectares managed
- 160 weed species managed, including Weeds of National Significance
- More than $1.5 million invested by the Australian Government over five years
- Almost a quarter of a million dollars in grants awarded to semi rural landholders
- At least 50% of investment matched by landholders