Wooleen Station, Outback WA needs support

Submitted: Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 15:45
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I have seen the stories on TV and have been very impressed with the work and strategies David and Francis are putting in place at the station. They have done some remarkable work in restoring the land to the natural habitat for fauna and flora. I am not one for running out and signing any petition that comes along, but I do believe that this one is worth it.

http://www.savewooleen.com.au/

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Reply By: Phil B (WA) - Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 15:54

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 15:54
Done
Hopefully more stations will also have a rehabilitation opportunity.


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Reply By: Member - John - Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 17:30

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Kerry, thanks for the heads up, I have signed the petition and also adopted an acre, hopefully some others can also become part of the rehabilition process.
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Reply By: HKB Electronics - Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 17:42

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 17:42
Thanks again Kerry,

I also believe this is a good cause and have adopted an acre and signed the petiton.

As written above hopefully more ExploreOz members will jump on board.

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Reply By: Member - Taxi Driver - Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 21:36

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 21:36
I have signed up on the petition as well. I think they are doing a great job which is so applicable across all grazing and pastoral country. Wishing them well with their efforts and hopefully the government will recognise their efforts and change the lease conditions to allow them to continue with this excellent research and outcomes
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Reply By: Neil & Pauline - Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014 at 06:16

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014 at 06:16
It was always a crazy way the leases worked on these stations. The Gov. set a minimum stock numbers that had to be maintained on the land as a condition of lease. Most station owners new this was too high and fudged figures to comply. Now the number of stock is set to a maximum, so low, which makes the whole exercise unviable. Without people on the stations the country will be decimated by goats, camels and donkeys. Some I know muster the goats to sell which is now the main income source. Farming generally is hard work but these station guys I take my hat to.

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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014 at 08:08

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014 at 08:08
Across the country historically the conditions set on many leases were a recipe for disaster of one kind of another. Much environmental damage was caused by requirements either directly or indirectly for total or near total clearing of "scrub", removing all fallen timber (= loss of habitat for many small animals), while prescriptive stocking rates and so on worked against financial viability. While those practices might have been understandable during the first wave of European landuse, it is simply unbelievable that it is still happening. Have we learned and remembered nothing in 2 centuries or a we just chronic slow learners - or simply stupid?

I do hope that that courageous young couple can make a go of it, and that the WA Govt can come up with lease arrangements that reflect what we have learned about rangelands management.

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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014 at 13:21

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014 at 13:21
Interesting discussion this just sparked here.... one view presented is farming land is designated by government to ensure that we have areas set aside for food production which is a critical issue for our growing world population and important to Australia as a primary producer. Perhaps in the Government's eyes, they don't wish for farmers to choose a more cost effective operation from land set aside for food production, eg. tourism as then that is a commercial business and valuable farming land should not be used for that. The flip side to this however is that if the land is already over-grazed and of poor soil quality for food production, then its going to take a lot of pesticides and fertilizers etc to improve the soil which means the food produced her will take up these chemicals into our food chain and that's not desirable in a food market that is more and more pushing for organic.
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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014 at 15:23

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014 at 15:23
It's protein production, a subset of food production. It's a costly way of feeding people on several levels.
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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014 at 17:14

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014 at 17:14
Hi Michelle,
I think what we are seeing in these leasing arrangements is just a remnant of earlier times when seasons may have been going through wetter times and before years of overgrazing not just by sheep or cattle but by feral animals too. A real trap for the early farmers and graziers was to see land in good seasons and extrapolate from that year to thinking the seasons will always be good. The SA Goyder line is a classic story in that regard.

Also the rangelands are overall suited to grazing rather than agriculture ie growing crops. So the parcels of land are very large compared to land in better watered places. Too large for fertiliser and herbicide applications to be viable either practically or financially. I agree with what is being tried at Wooleen - reducing grazing pressure to give the native ecosystems a chance to get back into some kind of balance. Tourism is the obvious income generator while that is happening, as many outback properties have already discovered.
I would love to see the day when beauraucracies could come up with such a rational way of looking at things as you propose. I wont be holding my breath though.
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Follow Up By: Bazooka - Thursday, Nov 27, 2014 at 14:13

Thursday, Nov 27, 2014 at 14:13
Hoofed belching protein at that Sigmund.
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Follow Up By: Bazooka - Thursday, Nov 27, 2014 at 14:16

Thursday, Nov 27, 2014 at 14:16
Should have added that there's plenty of far more valuable crop land being "resumed" by miners and others on the east coast. Money talks.
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Follow Up By: Kilcowera Station Stay - Thursday, Nov 27, 2014 at 14:21

Thursday, Nov 27, 2014 at 14:21
And there is absolutely no reason why grazing and tourism can't operate together on the same place. They compliment each other beautifully.
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Reply By: Sigmund - Thursday, Nov 27, 2014 at 16:08

Thursday, Nov 27, 2014 at 16:08
Their work will have an important demonstration effect & I'm happy to support it.

However I can't get further than the Submit button when trying to adopt an acre. Tried 2 browsers. Any suggestions?
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Follow Up By: Member - There Yet - Thursday, Nov 27, 2014 at 17:48

Thursday, Nov 27, 2014 at 17:48
Hi Sigmund,

I had the same problem and I have just received an email from Wooleen. They have identified a problem and suggested copying and pasting the following URL address.

http://wooleen.com.au/home/acres/

Hope this works. Haven't tried this one as I've just got the email.

Cheers Kerry
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