Grate­ful for sup­port

AgLife - - News -

Moys­ton farmer Michael Over­ing­ton is keen to spread the word about fund­ing avail­able through Wim­mera Catch­ment Man­age­ment Author­ity.

He is un­der­tak­ing sev­eral projects that in­volve fenc­ing and reveg­e­tat­ing ar­eas around his creeks, which flow into Salt Creek and then the Wim­mera River.

“A lot of peo­ple ask me if projects like this are worth do­ing,” he said.

“I can say whole-heart­edly, any farmer or landowner who has the abil­ity to take up an op­por­tu­nity like this, grab it 100 per­cent. It will im­prove the en­vi­ron­ment plus im­prove your farm. I rec­om­mend it.

“The whole process for me has been a joint part­ner­ship where ev­ery­one is in­volved.

“It is also adding value to the property, no doubt about it.”

Mr Over­ing­ton’s property, which he man­ages with his brother Wal, has been in his fam­ily since the 1850s.

They ex­pe­ri­enced sig­nif­i­cant dam­age dur­ing the Jan­uary 2015 Moys­ton fires and had to re­build most of their boundary fences to keep their sheep in.

But Mr Over­ing­ton was also con­cerned about con­trol­ling ero­sion and salin­ity. He got in touch with Project Platy­pus, which had helped him with ero­sion con­trol work sev­eral years ear­lier.

Project Platy­pus re­ferred Mr Over­ing­ton to Wim­mera CMA and he put in an ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est for fund­ing.

Wim­mera CMA helped Mr Over­ing­ton de­velop a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion plan for two sites, in­volv­ing 3.5 kilo­me­tres of fenc­ing and about 4000 plants over 9.5 hectares.

“With­out the sup­port of a joint part­ner­ship with Wim­mera CMA, this project would not have gone ahead,” Mr Over­ing­ton said.

“The area was rav­aged by fire and with all the ex­ter­nal fences lost, we had to fo­cus on that first. We could not have at­tempted this project for sev­eral years.”

The tim­ing co­in­cided with the Wim­mera drought em­ploy­ment pro­gram, part of the State Gov­ern­ment’s Drought Re­sponse Pack­age, and crews were able to help Mr Over­ing­ton with his fenc­ing.

“For the CMA crews to come in and fence off the gul­lies and eroded ar­eas, it’s al­lowed me to keep things run­ning and keep stock in,” he said.

“If it was up to me to do the gul­lies, I don’t know when I would have been able to find not only the money, but the labour re­sources.”

Wim­mera CMA will have in­for­ma­tion about fund­ing avail­able for rivers, creeks and wet­land projects, na­tive vegetation and salt­bush at the Wim­mera Machin­ery Field Days.

Drop into site D1-4 op­po­site the Coun­try Life­style Square.

THANK­FUL: Moys­ton farmer Michael Over­ing­ton has been able to com­plete sev­eral project on his land with sup­port from Wim­mera Catch­ment Man­age­ment Author­ity.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.