The value of a farm or property plan will be explained to landowners in the Richmond catchment area at a special seminar coming up in March and in a special TAFE course sponsored by Richmond Landcare Inc (RLI), they will be able to prepare their own.

The Value of a Property Plan Seminar will be held on Tuesday March 27 at Wollongbar Agricultural Institute, and the TAFE course supported by RLI will begin on April 2.

“There are many advantages in having a property plan, whether you have a working farm or a lifestyle property and even if it is only a few hectares,” says Communications Officer for Richmond Landcare Inc, Neville Sloss.

“A property plan can make it more productive, more sustainable and contribute to the biodiversity of your region. The development of a land management or whole farm plan is an ideal way to identify issues, set priorities and plan how to address them on the property.”

In addition, a property plan can greatly assist in gaining funding for projects that will enhance your property.

“There are some funding opportunities at State and Federal levels which require a plan, while a plan will definitely help even if it is not required. These days the competition for funding is very competitive, so a plan is a very worthwhile initiative,” Neville said.

Many factors are combined in the planning of farm management and future developments, including paddock subdivision, access, crops, shelter, water supply, habitat, pest/weed control, fire protection, livestock needs, soil conservation, land degradation and water quality.

For lifestyle property owners, biodiversity, land management to improve water and soil quality are some of the issues to consider.

The seminar on March 27 will introduce people to the process of producing a plan and what factors need to be considered.

Local farmers and property owners who have developed their own plans will be speaking, along with Simon Proust from the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority, an experienced property planning facilitator.

In conjunction with TAFE, Richmond Landcare Inc is conducting a Whole of Property Plan course beginning on April 2 at Wollongbar TAFE.

This course is suited to those who are not familiar with the concept and over the weeks will help participants develop a plan for their farm or property.

It will cover auditing the natural resources of the property; any legal requirements impacting on the management of the property; management strategies to address the key natural resource management issues of water, soils, vegetation and wildlife; integrate business or lifestyle objectives and production plans with sustainable land management.

The course cost is $231 and this will be refunded by Richmond Landcare Inc once participants have completed the course. The subsidy is offered to anyone who is a member of a Landcare group across the Richmond River catchment and places are limited.

For any landowners who would like more information, Richmond Landcare Inc will have a stand at the Soilcare Expo at Wollongbar Agricultural Institute on Saturday, March 10. Anyone seeking more information can phone RLI on 66191582 or email cso@richmondlandcare.org

Richmond Landcare Inc provides support services to the community for natural resource management on behalf of the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority (NRCMA) in the Lismore and Ballina local government areas.

Richmond Landcare Inc now has around 100 member groups across the whole Richmond River catchment.