Living with less water adaptation strategies for the new dryland
Loddon Shire Council
About the project
The Loddon Shire Council is the lead Recipient for a consortium of Councils covering the regions of Loddon, Campaspe and Gannawarra.
This project will develop a strategic transition implementation plan in response to community objectives to match land-use to land capability, to achieve positive agricultural and environmental outcomes, to assist agricultural producers and to help communities adapt to reduced water availability. The project will identify landholder land-use and management options for the new dryland to ensure good land-use transition decisions based on quality information and local knowledge.
Driven by local government, the consortium will work to deliver the following objectives:
- determine the extent of dependency of local communities and industries on current water availability in order to identify sustainability risks;
- build on identified management actions to achieve viable and sustainable outcomes for local communities and industries;
- ensure good land-use transition decisions based on quality information and local knowledge;
- match land-use to land capability;
- achieve positive agricultural and environmental outcomes;
- assist agricultural producers and communities to adapt to reduced water availability; and
- develop a regional implementation plan to support farmers and land owners to strategically transition to 'new dryland' farming.
This project was completed in January 2013 and resulted in the development of the Innovative Farming Implementation Plan. This plan enhances and clarifies the understanding of regional futures under climate change, increasingly scarce water, changing values and scientific evidence, and identifies opportunities to adapt to a future with less available water.
Further information on this project may be obtained by contacting the Loddon Shire Council directly on 03 5494 1200.
The Strengthening Basin Communities program is funded by the Australian Government's Water for the Future initiative.