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Billabong Yanco Project

Billabong Yanco Creek

The Billabong Yanco Project is a partnership between Murray Local Land Services and communities within the Billabong Yanco region.

The Billabong Creek and its tributaries deliver water for agricultural production and town water supplies, provide important areas for recreation and cultural values and support important ecological areas including wetlands, riparian vegetation and populations of threatened fish.

The project focuses on the communities, production and environments supported by the Billabong Creek between Walbundrie and Moulamein, and the tributaries in that area, in particular the major tributaries of the Yanco, Colombo and Urangeline Creeks.

Map of the area covered by the Billabong Yanco project.

The project aims to promote ‘a resilient, productive Billabong Yanco system, with healthy ecosystems and communities.’

It aims to do this through:

  • Improving the condition, diversity and connectivity of the ecological aspects of the system.
  • Increasing community cohesion and diversity, and
  • Improving the region's economic productivity and diversity,

The project assumes that the social, economic and ecological aspects of the system are interconnected and equally important, and that working on one aspect in isolation from the others is not effective or efficient. All activities implemented by the project have been developed with the aim of integration and multiple benefits in mind.

Partners

The strategic direction of the project is determined by a Steering Committee with representatives of key stakeholders in the region. These include Yanco Creek and Tributaries Advisory Council (YACTAC), Murrumbidgee (formerly Jerilderie), Federation (formerly Urana) and Edward River (formerly Conargo) Councils, North Conargo Land Managers, Jerilderie, Urana and Conargo community members, Indigenous community representatives, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, NSW DPI Fisheries and Riverina LLS.

Achievements to date

  • Brought together community members, Government agency staff, community groups and Local Councils to collaborate on issues affecting the region, including management of water flows in the creeks.
  • Trialling innovative techniques for controlling African boxthorn control in riparian areas.
  • Supported  events to bring communities together and increase knowledge and appreciation of the region’s environment
  • Identified and prioritised weeds having significant environmental, economic and social impacts in the region
  • Assisted local Councils with upgrades to infrastructure to improve opportunities for community members and tourists to appreciate the area’s environmental values
  • Assisted local Councils with upgrades to infrastructure to improve opportunities for community members and tourists to appreciate the area’s environmental values
  • Undertaken surveys of native vegetation and fish along the Billabong, Yanco and Colombo Creeks, including detailed studies of a population of endangered trout cod in the Yanco Creek.
  • Supporting trials to improve agricultural productivity including subsoil manuring to improve yields in irrigated cropping and innovative virtual fencing technology for cattle management.

Planned activities

Over the final year of the project we will be undertaking a range of activities:

Water management and wetlands

Communities

Weed control

Developing an integrated plan to improve water management in the system for social, economic and ecological values.Collaborating with local communities to compile and publish information on the region’s Indigenous and post-European settlement cultural values.Conducting field days and workshops on best practice management of priority weeds such as African boxthorn, Sagittaria and Horehound

Identifying and monitoring key wetlands in the region, in particular their flora, fauna and carbon storage capacity.

Supporting local initiatives for improving and demonstrating the community’s connection to nature, in particular the creeks and wetlands of the region.Developing materials on innovative techniques for control of priority weeds.
Delivering an education program to schools in the region about the waterways and wetlands of the region.

Throughout the coming year the project will continue to work with the community and key partners to ensure the Billabong Yanco region continues to support thriving ecological communities, agricultural enterprises and rural towns.

For more information, please contact:

Elisa Tack

Phone: 02 6051 2233

elisa.tack@lls.nsw.gov.au

Further information:

Project profile on Riverspace

Logos of Murray Local Land Services, Australian Government and National Landcare Programme The Billabong Yanco Creek System Project is funded by Catchment Action NSW and the Australian Government's National Landcare Programme.