Community invited to hear about salinity project findings

Community invited to hear about salinity project findings

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Left to Right: Tony McKew, Luke Finn, Jeremy Manders, Dr Roger Shaw, landholder Trevor Wenzel

Leading salinity specialist Dr Roger Shaw and local landholders will present to the community findings from the Roadvale salinity project at a Salinity Awareness field event in Roadvale on the 8th August.

The three year Roadvale salinity project, funded by Scenic Rim Regional Council and delivered in partnership with SEQ Catchments, the Bremer Catchment Association and local landholders, investigated opportunities to manage salinity in the area, including the implementation of a ‘dewatering trail’, designed to reduce watertable levels in the upper reaches of the Purga Creek catchment.

This project initially stems from local Council officers’ interest in salinity adversely affecting the sports oval at Roadvale School and the trial plantings undertaken on the grounds by local resident Kay Montgomery and members of the school’s Parents and Citizens’ Committee.

Roadvale landholders have enthusiastically welcomed the salinity investigations, by willingly participating in numerous information sharing workshops at Roadvale School, and receiving specialists onto their properties.

A number of landholders also took the opportunity last year to visit the eastern Darling Downs where a dairy farmer has substantially improved the productivity levels and condition of his salinity affected property through implementing a diversity of works.

This has included grazing management to maintain good ground cover, strategic planting of trees and improved overland flow management to direct water away from salt prone areas and into irrigation dams.

The Salinity Awareness field day will commence with a site visit to Les Draheim’s property at 10am, followed by a visit to Trevor Wenzel’s property, two landholders whom have been working closely with Dr Shaw and Lauren Eyre from the Queensland Government’s Department of Natural Resources and Mines.

Dr Shaw will demonstrate some of the equipment used in association with salinity investigations on the day, including the installation of salinity bores known as “piezometers” and land holders will speak about their experiences in managing salt affected paddocks.

To RSVP, please contact Jean Bray, 0409 004 832 or Jessica Walker, 0407 001 916.

MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Sibel Korhaliller (Communications Manager) of SEQ

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