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Paying nature back on the upper Turon

Bathurst Landholder, Stan Kowalski, is paying back his dues to nature on his property, Talara, in the Upper Turon region.

After years of running livestock Stan has removed the sheep and cattle and has decided to dedicate his entire 1100 acre property to biodiversity.

“We reduced stocking rates when we first bought the property in 1993. This led to an immediate improvement in native grasses, shrubs and trees,” said Stan.

Stan is now accelerating the natural regeneration process with the planting of 3000 locally endemic tree and shrub species along a four kilometre reach of McKinnon’s Oakey Creek.

Central Tablelands Local Land Services is funding the stream protection and enhancement project to improve aquatic biodiversity and ecological function at the site which covers a riparian area of more than 15 hectares.

“We used to run sheep and they helped to pay for the property, but we’ve done well out of the place and now I’m retired and I want to put something back into the land.”

“It’s marginal grazing land that has probably been over grazed in the past. When we took over this farm we reduced stocking rates and we hope that when we’re finished here, the country will be in better condition than when we first bought the place.”

“The property has always been a haven for native animals, and since the stock numbers have been reduced the quantity of small wildlife has certainly increased. The shrub dwelling birds have been the main beneficiaries so far.”

Stan will collect seed for the project from native species growing on the property and propagate the seedlings himself. The new plantings along the creek will eventually create a corridor linking remnant bushland on the property to large areas of native vegetation on the eastern boundary.

Bruce Christie from Central Tablelands Local Land Services has worked with Stan Kowalski to plan the stream protection project.

“Stan has an amazing knowledge of his property, and the plants and animals that live there,” said Bruce.

“It’s inspiring to watch this project evolve and Local Land Services is very pleased to be able to provide some financial assistance to Stan as he gets on with the hard work involved in increasing and enhancing the biodiversity of this site.”
The Talara project is supported by Central Tablelands Local Land Services through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

For more information about how Local Land Services can help landholders increase biodiversity on farm, while also enhancing agricultural production, contact Senior Land Service Officer Bruce Christie at the Mudgee office of Central Tablelands Local Land Services on 02 6378 1712 or email

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