Farmer’s work in reveg­e­ta­tion, soil health hon­oured

Midwest Times - - NEWS - Ge­off Vi­vian NRM Lead­er­ship Award fi­nal­ists Stu­art McAlpine and Bren­don Haeusler with spon­sor Jody Beven.

Car­namah farmer Bren­don Haeusler has been recog­nised with the NRM Lead­er­ship Award for his work with reveg­e­ta­tion and soil health at a func­tion hosted by the North­ern Agri­cul­tural Catch­ments Coun­cil on Mon­day.

Ac­cord­ing to judges’ notes, he was also recog­nised as North­ern Agri­cul­tural Re­gion Soil Health Cham­pion this year, and elected vice-pres­i­dent of the rein­vig­o­rated Car­namah Land­care Group.

“Bren­don has been run­ning a num­ber of farm tri­als over re­cent years, fo­cused on re­gen­er­a­tive agri­cul­ture, tri­alling na­tive bush species for fod­der, and bring­ing salt lands back into pro­duc­tion,” judges said.

Mr Haeusler said there were many other good peo­ple work­ing in this area.

“I am lucky be­ing in Car­namah where there have been huge amounts of reveg­e­ta­tion over the last 40 years,” he said.

“Car­namah is seen as a re­li­able agri­cul­tural area, I won­der if it has some­thing to do with this?” Mr Haeusler said he was con­vinced that veg­e­tated ar­eas would at­tract more rain­fall than over-cleared dis­tricts.

There were two other cat­e­gories in the awards, which were hosted for the third con­sec­u­tive year to recog­nise out­stand­ing nat­u­ral re­source man­age­ment in WA’s North­ern Agri­cul­tural Re­gion.

Lean­ing Tree Steiner School won the In­spir­ing Ju­nior NRM Lead­er­ship Award.

The Abo­rig­i­nal NRM Com­mu­nity Group Lead­er­ship Award went to Malleefowl Mon­i­tor­ing Masters.

Moore Catch­ment Coun­cil won the Out­stand­ing Com­mu­nity Group Award.

Sev­eral peo­ple were also recog­nised for pro­vid­ing sig­nif­i­cant ser­vice or con­tri­bu­tion to nat­u­ral re­source man­age­ment over a num­ber of years with a place on the hon­our roll.

They were Alan Howitt, Ian Pul­brook, Marieke Jansen, Mic Payne, Peter Wit­twer, Richard McLel­lan, Wally Kerkhof and Wendy Payne.

Pic­ture: NACC

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