DELWP Grant 2014MG00254
This image is an example of the problem that confronted the landholders of Pigeon HIll.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning came to our rescue with funding of $50,000 to a consortium of Pigeon Hill landholders under their Communities for Nature grant program. We called ourselves the Pigeon Hill Land Management Group and the project was called Stopping the Spread of a Prickly Triffid. We were supported in applying for this grant by Max Schlachter from Connecting Country and sponsored by Ian Grenda from the Tarrengower Cactus Control Group. We needed this money badly. Now, a year later, the effect is evident and rewarding.
Below is a map of the properties, marking the inaccessible areas with dense infestations of the weed
The first focus of the work was to employ a contractor to deal with these most problematic areas. The work the contractor did was invaluable. At the start of the grant we took photographs of points that displayed the problem. A year later, at the end of the grant, we took photographs from the same positions to show the difference.
Monitoring Point 1
Monitoring Point 2
Monitoring Point 3
Monitoring Point 4
Monitoring Point 5
Monitoring Point 6
Monitoring Point 7
Owner Monitoring Points
As a condition of the grant we had to guarantee that the landholders would also be making their contributions in the infested paddocks below and around Pigeon Hill. These were also monitored with Before-After photographs.
The project also served as a focus for community engagement, supplementing what the landholders were doing. The Tarrengower Cactus Control Group conducted field days, bringing their enthusiastic volunteers to help us. They also organised further contributions from the Green Army. Our grateful thanks to everyone who lent a hand!