The Carbon Farming Awareness Project was a State-wide project funded by the Government of Western Australia through its Royalties for Regions Program, from 2012/13 to 2015/16.
It was managed by Rangelands NRM, on behalf of the Department of Agriculture and Food WA (DAFWA) andSWCC, Wheatbelt NRM, South Coast NRM and Northern Agricultural Catchments Council were involved in the delivery. Perth NRM were also involved briefly, in coordinating steering committee meetings and reporting.
The aim of this project in the South West NRM Region was to raise the awareness of individuals and communities about carbon farming and the possible opportunities and risks that this presents.
The Carbon Farming Awareness project ran from 2014 to 2016 and as a result the landholders in the SWCCNRM Region are much better informed about the risks and opportunities of carbon farming.
Over the course of the two years of the project, there were some significant achievements. The Project Manager attended seven regional events, held four field days and one workshop, and established three demonstration sites, from Walpole to Harvey and from Vasse to Katanning. The events included ‘Get the Dirt on Soil Biology’ in Balingup and ‘Growing Sandalwood and Carbon in the WA Wheatbelt’ in Katanning, the 2016 Wagin Woolorama and the 2016 Balingup Small Farm field Day. A total of 1,106 Project Fact Sheets were taken at these events.
One case study, two fact sheets, one trial report, six tailor-made handouts and one event write-up were also produced, and all project materials are accessible via the SWCC website.
“Growing sandalwood on the periphery of land with acacia is a ‘no brainer’ for wool and Wheatbelt farmers.”
Participant at the ‘Growing Sandalwood and Carbon in the WA Wheatbelt’ field day.
This project was completed in 2015/16 and at this point had either achieved, or over-achieved all deliverables.
A further case study has also been initiated on a property with an avocado orchard that is running a trial with biochar to test its efficacy in enhancing productivity. Prof Stephen Joseph (University of New South Wales) will build on an earlier study to see if biochar under these conditions can sequester carbon and contribute towards the internationally accredited methodologies for storing carbon. This will be finalised and produced in December 2016.
- University of Western Australia
If a tree grower was to participate in the Emissions Reduction Fund through an aggregation project, they could expect total net returns over 10 years of $200 to $500/ha for block plantings and higher returns for belt plantings.
1 field day held
2 field days held
1 demonstration site
3 demonstration sites