Sustainable Land Use

Also includes:

  • Learning how to achieve a sustainable natural environment
  • How can we best effect sustainable land use in the Region (given that the new LEP is due 2011)
  • Grazing Agriculture – the landscape and profits are threatened if grasses, trees and soils are not valued and included in an ETS

Working Group

Ross King
Chris Nadolny
Peter McNeill
Judi Earl
Robyn Bartel


Land use has consequences for

  • Biodiversity
  • Soil health
  • Energy use/waste
  • Healthy water/catchment

Engaged and interested and educated/informed and connected and responsible and respected community, schools, unis, decision makers and policy makers
Balanced acceptance of and recognition of contribution agriculture makes re sustainability and carbon, biodiversity
Opportunities and possibilities for all landholders to make contributions
Custodianship ethic for all landholders and dwelling residents/citizens
Recognising existing community capacity and knowledge
Growing awareness of individual role/impacts on others (human and environment)
Community attitude/commitment/capacity/change

Causes and/or Barriers to achieving sustainable land use – past, present and future:

Itself a barrier (Blame Game) – need to have acceptance and recognition of opportunities and what we have
Lack of appreciation of ecosystem function – native vegetation, connectivity, biodiversity, how nature works
Government, ETS, and LEP (State)
Proper and sustainable community/land managers engagement and involvement
'Bandaid' approach to problems
Short term thinking
Economy/Sustainability divide
Production/Productivity focus vs sustainability outcomes (using land for the most profitable use vs most appropriate use for sustainability and social)
Lack of interest


How can we involve the whole New England Region in building a sustainable future?

Sharing responsibility – community engagement, real and substantive community capacity building and input
Bring region together to share burden of responsibility
Input into NESAC Development Strategy (during draft stage) that has substantive community input re sustainability and also influence state government for sustainable LEPs and all influence State Government (media, public) for sustainable LEPs and all zoens to have sustainability outcomes required
ETS – widespread government recognition (media, public) of the positive contribution of NE Region agriculture to the carbon cycle (and potential)
Native products and native garden plants (mainstream rather than fringe)

What practical steps or projects can be undertaken to do that?

Learning what we already know and making it what we do

  • Educating 'upwards' educators and policy makers and consumers and buyers
  • Directing funding towards sustainable practices (and stopping funding and promotion/support of unsustainable practices) – eg introducing exotic pastures

Learning from leading land managers and leading land decision makers
Educating all land managers (including urban)
Influencing lawmakers

  • Using land for most appropriate use and sustainable outcome

Making sure that these all lead to sustainable outcomes for all land

  • Biodiversity and weeds, ETS, LEP 2011, TSR, Roadside Management

Preserve TSR for sustainability outcomes
Roadside vegetation management for native vegetation outcomes
Funding and resourcing

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