Rivers of Carbon – Source Water Linkages is an exciting new partnership between Rivers of Carbon and Water New South Wales to protect and restore river and riparian areas in Sydney’s water catchments.  This is a large area encompassing Braidwood, Goulburn and the Southern Highlands.  We are currently focusing on the Wollondilly and Mulwaree catchments, but are happy to talk to landholders outside these areas who might also be interested.  Over the next three years we will be seeking 60 landholders who are keen to manage their rivers, creeks, wetlands or ponds to reduce erosion, improve water quality, stabilise banks and boost biodiversity through revegetation.   Managing stock is central to our on-ground work, so fencing and off stream watering are also key strategies we develop with landholders.

What does Rivers of Carbon offer?

We will visit your property and work with you to develop a plan for your riparian area that may involve fencing, small-scale erosion works and revegetation.  Once we agree with you about what you want to achieve, and it fits within our Rivers of Carbon objectives, we will bring it together in a ten year Greening Australia Management Agreement that both parties sign.  These Agreements are straight forward, common sense and easy to follow.  We will then assist you in planning and undertaking the works.  We generally cover at least half of the costs involved in implementing the Management Agreement, with the landholder also contributing cash and in-kind support.

In addition to getting works done on your place, you become part of our Rivers of Carbon community with access to workshops, field days and our friendly team.  We believe that looking after our ‘social capital’ which is made up of people, relationships and networks, is just as important as our ‘natural capital’ which are the rivers, streams and wetlands we want to restore.

Landholder Margie Fitzpatrick explaining some of the works she has done on her place to reduce erosion. Margie is one of the many knowledgable farmers we enjoy working with. Photo Mary Bonet

 

Want to find out more?

We have a flyer you can download for more information, as well as an Expression of Interest form you are welcome to take a look at and complete.  You can also contact Lori Gould our On-ground Program Manager to have a chat, her details are below.  The map shows where we are currently focusing our attention but we are also happy to talk to landholders living in the blue shaded areas as you might still fit within our Water New South Wales region.

 

Source Water Linkages Flyer – click to download

EOI Form – click to download

You are welcome to give Lori a call before completing the Expression of Interest form to ask any questions you might have and to check that what you are interested in matches up with our goals.  Ben Hanrahan from Greening Australia is also working on this project and you can reach him on 02 6253 3035 or bhanrahan@greeningaustralia.org.au.

What if I don’t have internet access or email?

Give Lori a call and she will post an Expression of Interest form out to you.
Lori phone: 0439 030 058
Lori email: lori.gould@arrc.com.au
Lori postal address: 37 Mullan St, Fadden, ACT 2904.

Our work in the Wollondilly and Mulwaree Catchments is being funded through our new partnership with Water New South Wales.  You can find out more about our partnerships here.  We also work closely with South-east Local Land Services who offer support for broader landscape and erosion issues – you can find out more by following this link http://southeast.lls.nsw.gov.au/our-region/grants-and-funding/rural-landscape-program