Camel and Buffel grass management receives a boost

The Alinytjara Wilurara Landscape Board has shared in funding from the inaugural round of the state government's Landscape Priorities Fund.

The board's proposal for camel and buffel grass management in the Aangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands has received an allocation of $742,512 and was one of nine projects across the state selected for the $4.2 million in funding to address priority landscape management issues.

The project aims to protect water resources, sustainable agriculture and threatened species, which are under pressure from overgrazing by camels and the widespread distribution of buffel grass across the region.

"We have an established reputation for managing humane and effective aerial culling operations of large feral herbivores," Alinytjara Wilurara's program manager James Thiessen said.

"Undertaken at the request of the region's Traditional Owners they protect pastoral infrastructure and environmental assets.

"Buffel grass is a highly invasive species and as such can change the ecology of infested areas to the extent that it critically impacts on native species."

He said this funding would support their work with the APY Lands' Anangu people to manage high-density buffel grass areas to protect important water sites - including rock holes - and vital native habitat at relocation sites for the threatened black-footed rock wallaby in the region.

"The AW Landscape Board works in partnership with organisations and individuals including Aboriginal community groups to ensure the best results for the land and people of the region in managing these significant threats" Mr Thiessen said.

Chairperson of the APY Land's executive Bernard Singer said he was pleased as the project would not only improve the APY Lands on an environmental level, but would also create opportunities for Aboriginal employment.

Environment Minister David Speirs said the projects would see landscape boards work with local communities to improve environmental outcomes.

Landscape SA is about building partnerships, rolling up your sleeves and working together to support our landscapes to thrive leading to healthy and resilient communities, sustainable production, prosperous businesses and flourishing ecosystems, he said.

While the projects will be delivered by South Australian regional landscape boards, importantly they will work closely with other organisations and individuals, like Aboriginal community groups, local councils, conservation groups, businesses and landowners."

Projects will commence this month.