We lead projects addressing a range of land management issues in peri-urban and rural landscapes, encompassing a range of themes embodied in recent projects.

Erosion control

Burra Creek Catchment Protection and Community Capacity Building Project 2016-18 grant funded from South East Local Land Services to work with landholders in the Burra Catchment, increase landholder understanding of erosional processes and demonstrate best management practice to address major gully erosion common to the area.

This was achieved through the running of 6 community workshops, a Burra Hydrogeological Landscapes mapping product and the creation of a Burra Creek Catchment Management Plan.

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Burra Demonstration site, before and after erosion control works

Burra erosion control field day
Burra Erosion control field day: building a log-vee structure with Cam Wilson

Burra Erosion control field day
Burra Erosion control field day: building a log-vee structure with Cam Wilson

Allan Nicholson explaining the science behind HGL
HGL workshop: Allan Nicholson explaining the science behind Hydrogeological Landscapes mapping

Integrated Landscape Management

Our Integrated Landscape Management (ILM) approach is an over-arching framework for all our land management work. It weaves Aboriginal caring for country with NRM science and rural productivity outcomes for landholders in the Capital region.

Through professional engagement with Aboriginal land councils and traditional custodians, on-ground workshops and integrated assessment tools for site visits, this framework deepens connections between landholders, traditional custodians and the land.

There is a widespread disconnect between present-day landholders in the Capital region and ‘country’. Nor is there a facilitated knowledge exchange to enable sustainable ‘caring for country’ on private property. This project fills this niche, providing an innovative method for assessing and managing landscapes and providing an opportunity to build links and understanding between landholders and Aboriginal custodians.

Growing demand for advice from landholders regarding traditional land management approaches and interest in adapting to changing environmental conditions also drives the need for this project.

The approach combines Ngunawal knowledge and ecology to provide advice on appropriate cool burning techniques, identifying and protecting potential and known cultural sites, and sustainable land management for protection of native vegetation and waterways. In doing so, the project establishes pathways in sustainable agriculture.

Weed control

Woody weed removal in upper Molonglo Captains Flat Project to treat large and out of control infestations of weeds of national significance (Blackberry, Scotch Broom, Cape Broom, Willows) along 5 km of the Upper Molonglo River near Captains Flat.

The project successfully reduced the density of target weeds to a density that is manageable for landholders to control and is now allowing natural regeneration of native riparian vegetation to occur.

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Before and after photos of weed treatment conducted along the upper Molonglo River

Aboriginal Cultural Land Management and Sustainable and Productive Rural Practice for the 21st Century

An early evening conversation with Bill Gammage and Bruce Pascoe
Facilitated by Peter Bridgewater (Chair Landcare ACT) and Ngunawal Elder Wally Bell




University of Canberra


Dark EmuThe 21st Century is a time for rural landholders, whether producers or custodians, to try something new and be open to change.

Imagine a society based on the inseparability of people, the land and water; a rural landscape that is shaped by the integration of the spirit of the land, its people, environmental and cultural heritage and economic decision-making. Consider also, agricultural practice based on heritage, change and adaptation – sustained by growing plants and working with animals using methods that evolved with the land and its conditions, not imposed.

We live in the remnants of land and water management practices of past peoples. People have shaped Australia to ensure continuity, balance, abundance and certainty - management by strategies that are being questioned. With doubt so fundamental and widespread, how can we confidently say we are managing our rural landscapes well?

Bruce Pascoe and Bill Gammage have done the research and have written the books. We’ve read their books, and we accept what they say. What do we do now?

Related programs
Community engagement

Ecological connectivity

Sustainable land management

Related projects
Aboriginal cool burning