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Action and Effort - Adapt to increase farm production

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*Progress rating is an indictaive qualitative assessment, these wil be further refined through data analysis, stakeholder and community consultation.

Strategic priority: Manage risk to agricultural production

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Deliver surface and sub-surface drainage works across a modernised irrigation delivery system, including adaptive shallow groundwater management Create awareness of good practise e.g. forums/field days  Gecko CLaN are informing landholders at a number of events identifying good practice activities.
Support farm planning to consider climate variability   
The SoilCare program in conjunction with Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources staff are running Spring Stocktake workshops that assist farmers to measure their water holding capacity of thier dams. Gecko CLaN and other community orgnaisaitons are running similar events.
Dryland producers need to improve water storage in the face of climate change
 

Strategic priority: Establish sustainable agricultural practices

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Create awareness and acceptance of sustainable management practices to improve land and soil condition Promote and showcase land management methods and philosophies that demonstrate a whole-of-farm approach, where both biodiversity and production benefits can be realised 

Gecko CLaN is practising mosaic burning with Yorta Yorta 

The Seymour Secondary College have built an Indigenous garden showcasing Indigenous plants and art.

Identify the best methods including education campaigns, of addressing the threats (e.g. cultivation, over grazing and inappropriate grazing regimes and cropping) to high priority biodiversity assets. 
Promote practises to maintain and improve ground cover at critical times 

Gecko CLaN Pasture Cropping promotes ground cover and multi species planting.

The Goulburn Broken CMA SoilCare program promotes 100% ground cover all year round. 

Facilitate forums on how to make agricultural land more productive and how to identify suitable practises  The GB CMA SoilCare Program have run a series of forums highlighting the importance of organic matter in the soil, Composting and high level speakers promote whole of farm practices.

Strategic priority: Increace biodiversity in agricultural landuse

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Create awareness and acceptance of land management practices that protect and improve terrestrial and aquatic habitat Provide education opportunities through conservation groups such as Landcare and Conservation Management Networks 

The Pasture Cropping project has been a great success for the Gecko CLaN.

Gecko CLaN has an Indian Myna project in the Benalla region.

The Goulburn Broken revegeation guide is in the process of been updated.

Engagement with farming groups on benefits of changed management practice e.g. Gecko Clan’s Pasture Cropping project - farmers teaching farmers 
Work with landholders to manage Noisy Miners in patches of remnants. This should include information on how best to and assistance with approvals 
Update the Goulburn Broken Revegetation guide 
Identify environmental stewardship opportunities for land managers Accelerate and expand stewardship programs that target large-scale landscape restoration  Support projects like the Grey-crowned Babbler and Regent Honeyeater projects 
Establish or improve statutory measurements for environmental protection standards e.g. EU model   
Work with landholders to protect and improve biodiversity on private land and build understanding of its contribution to sustainable and profitable farming Implement a biodiversity incentives project that protects and enhances habitat (Regional Catchment Strategy) with follow up visits  Woodland Tender project has a goal of 1500Ha on private land .
  Improve riparian vegetation and in stream habitat condition   
  Better promote the win/win of improved production and biodiversity  The GB CMA SoilCare Program promotes soil management + better patures = equals stock for selling.