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Barry Cook - Winner
26 Jun 2007
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Narration - Barry Cook

I first moved to my block a few kilometres south west of Charters Towers around seven years ago. Soon after moving here, I decided to begin improving the land condition and management strategy of the block. During this time, we have implemented many significant improvements on and around the block. The most visible of these has been the removal of woody weeds from the block, specifically Chinee Apple and Rubbervine. In conjunction with this, we have worked hard to ensure that a solid pasture resources is established. In recent years, we have implemented a ripping and seeding programme to establish more drought tolerant grass species. Likewise, combined planting of these areas with legumes has also added value to the pasture resource on our block.

Since becoming involved with the SPIRAL project in 2006, we have significantly jumped forward with our improvements. The SPIRAL project assisted us in finalising our internal fencing, water infrastructure, and woody weed control. We now have the property divided into a number of fenced cells, each with their own watering point. Installation of these fences has significantly helped in the ongoing rejuvenation of pasture species on the block.

Additionally a series of GPS photo sites we implemented in late 2006 has significantly helped us to realise the improvement of overall land condition that we have been able to achieve. Our long term aim has always been to return to the block to its most natural state. Through careful planning and implementation, we have been able to successfully improve our block without significant damage to the native flora and fauna on our property.

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