View our videos highlighting the work of our local legends. Beef farmer Peter Longworth, dairy farmer Julian Biega and oyster farmer Ian Crisp - are making positive changes to support their farm productivity and the water quality of our waterways.
Some of the work undertaken by individual community members - on their farms, on the rivers and lakes, and in our towns - is truly inspirational and we are happy to share their stories with you over the coming month, in the lead up to the release of the Report Card.
The partnerships we have with our 'local legends' who look after our waterways are very important - it's often their actions and efforts that contribute directly to the 'score' a waterway receives on the Report Card.
Ian Crisp, Oyster Farmer
Ian Crisp is a local oyster farmer. From his start in the industry in the mid-1980s, he has been an outspoken advocate for water quality. Ian understands that water quality affects the oyster industry and the vital importance of good management practices upstream of the estuary to ensure his oysters thrive in the lower estuary. Ian’s history is a tapestry of lobbying, supporting rigorous testing, and establishing best management land practices in the Manning River. He has seen improvements in estuary health, proven by the data collection he has undertaken as part of his industry, through the management of acid sulfate soils and effluent on farms. Ian’s ongoing support, strong voice and recognition has improved estuary health through the coordinated work of upstream and downstream land managers and exemplifies true leadership in the Manning. Learn more about Ian's efforts here:
Julian Biega - Dairy Farmer
Julian Biega is a dairy farmer in the Manning River Catchment. "I need to be accountable to the land and to the environment" he says, and has taken an innovative new approach to managing the effluent issue on his land and improve water quality. Julian has installed a new system that allows the effluent to be captured, stored and irrigated on his paddocks as he deems necessary. This has proven to be very effective with immediate changes in productivity on the irrigated paddocks and the reestablishment of a salt marsh in a nearby wetland that is also reaping the benefits of reduced effluent discharge. Watch his video here:
Peter Longworth - Grazier
Peter Longworth descends from a long lineage of farmers. He lives on the same farm and works the same land as his grandfather, and this connection has left a legacy with Peter which he is now passing on to his children. Maybe it’s that sense of place or connection but this land has made a mark on Peter. He is a self-confessed biological farmer and manages the land based on what is good for the land and what is good for his family. His mindset and management techniques for drainage have ensured that best practice really is undertaken. For Peter it is a mixture of advice from experts, mixed in with hands on real life experience that has shown him the way to find a balance between reducing surface water and maximizing groundwater levels.
In this video, Peter shares with us the actions he takes on his farm to manage acid sulfate soils: