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Current Projects

Bush Stone Curlew Shelter

Community arts project will see an artist in residence sculptural project to plan, design and construct a visitor space and shelter at Meldanda in the Community Bushgardens at Cambrai. This will involve two artists working with various groups in our local community, in workshops ranging through several creative skill areas.
This visitor space will be themed on the endangered Bush Stone-Curlew, (Indig: Weeloo/
The proposed space will take on the appearance of a giant Bush Stone-curlew and her young, through simple sculptural techniques and using materials from the local

Revegetation & Vegetation Guidelines

These guidelines provide landholders with the opportunity to make sound decisions for revegetation and vegetation management

Marginal to Mainstream

The Mid Murray Local Action Planning Committee Inc. has been supporting a component of the Natural Resources SA MDB ‘Marginal to Mainstream’ project run by Dr Elisa Sparrow. This project is exploring the concept of pasture cropping. Pasture cropping is a technique developed by Colin Seis and Daryl Cluff in 1993 which involves sowing crops into living perennial pastures and growing them symbiotically. In a mixed farm enterprise it seeks to combine cropping and grazing into one land management method where each one benefits the other. This type of farming avoids the need for all vegetation to be killed prior to sowing, groundcover is maintained at all times so that erosion by wind and water is avoided, soil structure is not destroyed by cultivation and chemical input. ‘No till’ cropping, also minimises soil disturbance, often with direct drilling of seed, however it is not performed in combination with a perennial pasture, but more usually into the stubble of previous crops. Sowing a crop using the pasture cropping method also stimulates perennial grass seedlings to grow in numbers and diversity. This then produces more stock feed after the crop is harvested and totally eliminates the need to re-sow pastures (Source: Case Study 12- Winona NSW

The site where pasture cropping is being trialled is in Cambrai, with an average annual rainfall of 320mm, the 13ha paddock is relatively flat and has been previously cropped. The site is currently dominated by patches of couch, annual weeds and some colonising native species, this project aims to establish a native perennial pasture with an annual cereal crop in combination with sheep grazing. The native species mix that will be used is produced by local distributors and includes Wallaby grass, Windmill grass, Brushwire grass and Weeping rice grass. Permanent quadrats have been established across the site that will be monitored throughout the project. In addition to this trial a native grass seed orchard will be established to provide seed for other projects in the region.

Marginal to Mainstream Project Fact Sheet

Defending Dodonaea at Devon Downs

A successful 25th Anniversary Landcare Grant will enable the Mid Murray LAP to map and protect an endangered plant population of Dodonaea subglandulifera at Devon Downs

Fire Retardant Plant display Garden

This project is currently being developed to showcase some options people could use in their house garden using local native plants that have low flammability characteristics


Roadside Vegetation Management Plan

The Mid Murray LAP was successful with a grant from DEWNR to support the development of a RVMP for the Mid Murray Council area. The plan was adopted by the Native Vegetation Council on 10/09/14 and will be reviewed in 2019, please see pdf below


Turtle Decline

Serious concern about declines in populations of turtles in the River Murray has led to a new project to map the distribution and abundance of turtles and identify places where they breed in South Australia.
Australian turtles live in all sorts of aquatic environments. The Murray in South Australia has three species of turtles, the Murray short-necked turtle (Emydura macquarii), the Eastern long-necked turtle (Chelodina longicollis) and the broad-shelled turtle (Chelodina expansa). The short and long-necked turtles are widespread and common, whereas the broad-shelled turtle is much less common.
The biomass of turtles in the River Murray ecosystem is (or was) enormous, with estimates of up to 100,000 tonnes of turtles in the Murray in the 1980s and early 1990s (Thompson 1993). Turtles are major consumers of invertebrate prey, small fishes, aquatic plants and importantly, carrion, making them integral to ecosystem health in the Murray, and ultimately to water quality, through their part in the decomposition chain.
For many decades, predation on the eggs of turtles by foxes has been considered a potential problem for the health of turtle populations (Thompson 1983) and more recently direct predation of nesting female turtles by foxes has been recognized as critical (Spencer and Thompson, 2005). It has become a citizen science project and we need your help to record any observations of turtles nesting, nest predation, live or dead turtles through

Turtle Information Pack
Turtle Information Pack
Record a nest
Record a sighting
Turtle Project
Turtle SAT
Turtle Facebook

Regent Parrots

The Mid Murray LAP is part of the Regent Parrot Recovery Team who meet on a regular basis and implement on ground projects to help protect the declining Regent Parrot and raise awareness about its plight.For more information or to register a sighting please refer to the Regent Parrot Website see link below

Regent parrot news Jan 2016
Regent Parrots: perched on the brink of extinction

Community Bat Monitoring

The Mid Murray LAP supports a community bat monitoring project which allows the public to borrow bat detecting equipment, the data is then analysed by trained staff at the LAP and feedback provided on detected species. Please contact the LAP if you would like more information or to borrow equipment.

How bat friendly is your property
Bats of SA's Murray Region
Bat Poster
Bat Box Template
Making Friends With Backyard Bats
Bat Builders Handbook
ABC Riverland Radio interview

Meldanda Community Bushgardens

The Meldanda Bush Gardens is a joint project between the Meldanda Community group and the Mid Murray Local Action Planning Committee. The project location is on the Meldanda Farm property, located on Bundilla Rd, Cambrai. The project aim is to establish a native garden representing different Mallee communities. The bushgarden will also provide an educational resource for schools and community on the role native plants play in our ecosystems as well as a seed orchard for the propagation of Mallee species. Part of the long term plan will be to have a nursery located on the property to propagate native seedlings for revegetation projects in the region as well as another educational resource.

Meldanda Booklet
Meldanda Campsite Brochure

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