The Mulloon Institute is a leading research, education and advocacy organisation committed to building resilient rural and regional communities by supporting long-term, sustainable growth of Australian agriculture.
Staff from the National Drought and Flood Agency visited Mulloon Creek Natural Farms near Bungendore in NSW to see regenerative land management practices and drought-proofing innovations in action.
Coordinator-General Shane Stone and the Agency are strong supporters of the Institute and its vision of creating resilient, productive and profitable farms where agriculture and the environment are working in unison.
Mulloon’s innovative land management practices provide important lessons on getting the most out of natural water sources and increasing soil moisture levels, which helps to sustain the landscape in a drought.
On a recent visit, the Agency joined their Excellencies, the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, General the Honourable David Hurley and Mrs Linda Hurley on a tour of the Institute led by Mulloon Chairman Gary Nairn.
The group got a close-up look at ‘Peter’s Pond’, a regenerated creek which has been slowed using one of the Institute’s signature leaky weirs. Made with rocks, fallen trees and other natural debris, leaky weirs are used across Mulloon to slow the creek flow, raise the water level and reinvigorate the floodplain.
It is one of a several landscape regeneration and erosion control structures installed along Mulloon Creek, along with fencing to exclude stock and wildlife, and the planting of thousands of trees, shrubs, reeds and rushes.
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