Land Resources


LandResourcesSWCC’s overall objective is:

To contribute substantially to the conservation and management of targeted land resources in the South West NRM region so they remain healthy and productive, and are effectively co-managed.

The following Overall Outcome Indicators were developed to test whether or not this objective has been achieved:

  • By 2020, maintain and/or improve the productivity of the land on the majority of targeted agricultural holdings in the region.
  • By 2020, the majority of targeted agricultural holdings are implementing strategies to improve soil health (structure, biology and chemistry).
  • The proportion of agricultural land within the region on which production is constrained by dryland salinity and by acidity shows a downward trend between 2010 and 2020.
  • By 2020, no new invasive species capable of causing significant environmental harm as identified by the State government establish within the region.
  • By 2020, the majority of targeted agricultural landholders have implemented measures to improve and/or provide habitat on their remnant bushland blocks and along rivers and streams.
  • By 2020, the majority of targeted agricultural holdings are implementing strategies to improve soil health (structure, biology and chemistry).

In order to achieve the objective, SWCC and its partners will work towards achieving the following management outcome:

  • All land and water resources on targeted agricultural holdings in the SW are managed according to the best management practises available, specifically with regard to maintaining and/or improving soil health and productivity, reducing the impact of salinity and soil acidity, managing and/or controlling invasive species and maintaining, restoring or enhancing ecosystem services on-farm.

A range of indicators have been developed to test whether or not these management outcomes have been achieved. These are presented in the Project Planning Matrices (PPMs) which can be found here.

Priority sites for management action

For the purposes of SWCC’s strategy, a range of priority aquatic biodiversity assets have been identified that are subject to manageable high and/or low threat(s), as confirmed by technical experts consulted during the review.

If you think there are sites that should be included as priorities below, or that there are reasons for any of the sites below not to be included, we would love to hear your feedback. You can comment on each of the project pages by clicking on the thumbnail pictures below or provide general feedback here.

The working group also identified the key threats to these sites, which were confirmed through the community consultation process in 2011 (Christensen & MacMahon 2012) and again in 2014 (Thinkscape 2014). The most appropriate management actions to deal with these threats were also delineated (Christensen & MacMahon 2012). These are described in a state and transition model for the land resources theme area, found here.

Image by Peter Clifton.