The Far South Coast Conservation Management Network (CMN) supports private landholders in the Bega Valley Shire to recover and manage native vegetation on their properties.
The CMN aims to inspire and motivate landholders, increase knowledge about native vegetation management and develop the skills to do this work. The coordinator manages the CMN website, produces regular e-newsletters with links to stories, local events and information, organises workshops and field days, and responds to email and phone enquiries from landholders.
The network is coordinated by Alison Rodway, local resident, former Landcare Coordinator for the Far South Coast and founding member of the Bega River and Wetlands Landcare Group.
The CMN is supported by South East Local Land Services through funding from the Australian Government and Bega Valley Shire Council.
People have different reasons for wanting to manage their native vegetation. CMN members range from those with small but important patches of vegetation to large tracts of bushland.
They may be managing the vegetation to reduce erosion on the banks of creeks or rivers, provide habitat for native fauna or look after an endangered ecological community. Some have formal conservation agreements protecting their vegetation and are supported by the CMN to improve and maintain these areas.
Many members who are primary producers manage their native vegetation to improve livestock health and production outcomes and to ensure the longer term sustainability of their farms.
Some members have received financial support and entered into management contracts with organisations such as Local Land Services, Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority, Bega Valley Shire Council or NSW National Parks and Wildlife service. The CMN supports them to implement on ground works with practical workshops, best practice information and advice. It also keeps members informed of future funding opportunities.