Nestled in the centre of Tasmania, the Derwent catchment is one of the state’s driest regions. The Derwent Catchment Project was set up to assist landholders to restore and maintain natural, agricultural landscapes and preserve a sustainable future for the area.
Funded through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program & NRM South, the project is working on a three year Pasture Network Program that will manage dryland pastures as effectively as possible and create resilience within the challenging landscape.
The team is working with farmers on demonstration sites looking at pasture persistence, grazing management and the establishment of deep-rooted salt bush shrubs on red, raw north-facing slopes.
The information gathered from the project is provided locally to farmers -through a farmer-to-farmer mentoring program, discussion groups, a pasture program and the demonstration sites.