Active Land Management to Benefit All
Dave's land has been in the family since his parents bought the property in 1927. What was once 250 acres of grassy woodland has now deteriorated considerably due to non-native noxious weeds growing uncontrolled in the area.
Restrictions enforced by the current native vegetation act prevented Dave from taking early action to manage the weeds, which now dominate the land's undergrowth. As a result, production is no longer possible in the scrub and a devastating environmental effect is being seen across the area. The noxious weeds are driving out the native wildlife. Species such as the Wedge-tailed eagle are abandoning the area; because parasites growing uncontrolled, such as Sandalwood, are suffocating and killing the trees they would usually nest in.
"Without the grassy undergrowth everything else falls apart, it is the building block of biodiversity in the area and we no longer have it here. Just by being trusted to be responsible for our own land, NSW farmers could clear up the parasites and return our scrubs to what they used to be. We could rebalance the environment and the biodiversity."
Tree-pear is a non-native plant that has followed the roads down to NSW from Queensland. Due to the current legislative restrictions, the Tree-pear has been left unmanaged and has reached a point where the uncontrolled regrowth now prevents Dave from even being able to access his scrub. Dave's concern is that parasites like these could eventually kill the old native trees - such as eucalyptus - if they are left unmanaged for much longer.
"We want to be here for generations, so we run our land sustainably because we don't want to ruin the country and we want to keep as much native flora and fauna as we can while making a living."