Page last updated: 2/06/16

We've changed our name to LOXTON DISTRICT LANDCARE as from April 2016


This page provides details on the latest news from LBLAP as well as relevant events coming up in the region

  • April 2016 - Prickly Pear Lock 4 to Loxton project completed

  • February 2016 - First round of herbicide treatment of Prickly Pear adjacent to river between Loxton and Lock 4, completed - A Federal Govt 'National Landcare Program' funded project

  • January 2016 - Set up 2 MDBA pumps to pump 400 ML into Riversleigh floodplain

  • 26 November 2015 - Set up pump to deliver e water adjacent Waikerie Punt

  • October 2015 - 'Birdwatching Routes - Loxton and the Riverland' brochure published - see Publications and Reports - Brochures - A SAMDBNRMB funded NRM Volunteer Small Grant

  • October 2015 - 'Irrigation Drainage Reuse' Project Report Finalised - see Publications & Reports - Other Reports

  • 15 October 2015 - Set up pump to deliver e water to creek off Devlin's Pound Road, Taylorville

  • 27 October 2015 - LBLAP AGM

  • 20 October 2015 - BL4EA AGM

  • 12-16 October 2015 - Innovation Trail Week - Joint Riverland LAP project with SADBNRMB 'Sustainable Ag'  funding.

  • 7-8 October 2015 - Work with NFSA to run an Environmental Water Workshop at Loxton Research Centre

  • 29 September 2015 - Commence to deliver e water in to Lyrup Forest Reserve - video - video

  • 28 September 2015- Commence to deliver e water at Westbrook's Sandbar

  • 13 September 2015 - Open Yatco South Lagoon - Finally possible after completion of Irrigator Offtake Relocation Project

  • 31 July 2015 - Relocation of Yatco Irrigator Offtake Project ($5 mill) completed - Proper implementation of Yatco Wetland Management Plan now possible

  • 26 August 2015 - Start up sprinklers at Rilli Reserve Boat Ramp area, to deliver e water

  • 29 April 2015 - 2 SAMDBNRMB NRM Volunteer Small Grants won
    Brochure detailing Bird Walking Trails                                                                                           $1,000
    Reveg materials for Loxton Golf Club to reveg a degraded site with bird attracting plants $1,000

  • 21 April 2015 - Minister Ian Hill Officially Opens New Regulators at Yatco

  • 13 April 2015 - Yatco Embankment Regulators opened - video

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    8 December 2014 - LBLAP secures $14,000 Landcare 25th Anniversary Grant to control Prickly Pear between Lock 4 and Loxton

  • 17 December 2014 - SAMDBNRMB Volunteer Small Grant Variation - Originally for a Walking Trail at Thiele's Sandbar,because of circumstances extending the project beyond final deadline, variation sought and granted to purchase binoculars for birdwarching purposes instead

  • 14 December - 12 noon - Lock 4 Community Christmas Party - Lock 4 Grounds

  • 12 November 2014 - BL4EA/LBLAP win $4,000 for a project to monitor returns from mature Date Palms watered with the drainage water from an adjacent fruit property

  • 3 December 2014 - Loxton Town Floodplain Irrigation Reservoir deliberately overfilled to deliver e water to the floodplain lagoons. Another Nature Foundation SA 'Water for Nature' project, dleivering Commonwealth Environmental Water

  • 11 November 2014 - Steve Clark and Di Chigros elected as Joint Chairs of BL4EA to replace Jason Size

  • 4 November 2014 - LBLAP assists NFSA and Calperum staff to set up 2 pumps at Calperum to deliver Commonwealth e water.  Another Nature Foundation SA 'Water for Nature' project, dleivering Commonwealth Environmental Water

  • 4 November 2014 - Jason Size elected as Chair of LBLAP to replace Andrew Biele. Max Gray elected as Deputy Chair to replace John Kelly

  • November 2014 - Irrigation of seedlings and flooding of 2 creeks at Stanitski's recommenced.  Another Nature Foundation SA 'Water for Nature' project, dleivering Commonwealth Environmental Water

  • 16 October 2014 - BL4EA AGM - Brand's Shed, Lock 4, 6:00pm start.  BBQ to follow

  • 7 October 2014 - LBLAP AGM - 1908 Room Loxton Hotel 7:00pm start.  Guest Speaker Peta Brittig 'An Update on Proposed Amendments to the River Murray WAP'.  Refreshments and chinwag to follow

  • 25 September 2014 - Start up irrigation of seedlings on Loxton Town floodplain (between Caravan Park and Historical Village). Another Nature Foundation SA 'Water for Nature' project, dleivering Commonwealth Environmental Water.

  • 14 September 2014 - Start up irrigation of seedlings at Thiele's Sandbar via layflat, poly and large sprinklers.  Another Nature Foundation SA 'Water for Nature' project, delivering Commonwealth Environmental Water.

  • Early July 2014 - Relocation of Irrigator offtake from floodplain to main river commences at Yatco

  • 1 July 2014 - Radio Interview re upcoming projects and withdrawal of state NRM Community Grant funding program - Audio

  • 6 June 2014 - 3 SAMDBNRMB Volunteer Small Grants won

    $1,000 - To upgrade a walking trail on Thiele's Flat

    $1,000 - To purchase 1/2 of Communications Trailer
    $1,000 - Walking Trail Thiele's Sandbar

  • 1 February 2014 - LBLAP Office relocated to Loxton Waikerie Council Building - Lot 954 Coral Street, Loxton (old soccer clubrooms) map w/- office location
  • 23 January 2014 - Start up irrigation of seedlings on Stanitski's floodplain via aluminium pipes.  Another Nature Foundation SA 'Water for Nature' project.

  • 19 December 2013 - Flooding of 2 floodrunner creeks at Stanitski's (downstream of Lock 4) commenced - To water Black Box and Red Gum seedlings - With LBLAP acting as a facilitator on behalf of Nature Foundation SA, worked with landholder (Nick Stanitski) to deliver Commonwealth Environmental Water to creeks normally dry at pool level Photo

  • 13 December 2013 - Irrigation of Black Box seedlings at Ramco Lagoon commenced - With LBLAP acting as a facilitator on behalf of Nature Foundation SA, worked with Loxton Waikerie Council, Riverland West LAP, NFSA volunteers to deliver Commonwealth Environmental Water Photo

  • 10 December 2013 - 58 ML Environmental Water delivered to Johnsons Waterhole north of Renmark - With LBLAP acting as a facilitator on behalf of Nature Foundation SA, worked with Renmark Paringa Council, Renmark Irrigation Trust, Renmark to Border LAP, SAMDBNRMB, DEWNR and local landholders to deliver Commonwealth Environmental Water Photo

  • 24 November 2013 - BL4EA Christmas Party at Lock 4

  • 21 November 2013 - LBLAP office relocated to Loxton - Temporary accomodation within Loxton Engineering Works offices until office space becomes available within Loxton Waikerie Council NRM Building early 2014

  • 6 November 2013 - BL4EA AGM - Clark's Shed Lock 4

  • 29 October 2013 - LBLAP AGM - Loxton Hotel 7:00pm - Guest Speaker - Jason Size Nuffield Scholar 2013

  • September 2013 - SA Life TV Story features Loxton Hotel and produce sourced from the Loxton North Aquaponics Site - youtube link-

  • 24 May 2013 - $9,900 'Caring for Our Country' Landcare Community Action Grant won to deliver pest animal control in the Pyap Kingston region and also the Browns Well Landcare Group area - about 90,000 ha all up

  • 23 May 2013 - Second Round of Aquaponics Hands-on Training Commences at Loxton North Site - 14 participants

  • 10 May 2013 - Three SAMDBNRMB NRM Volunteer Small Grants won
    $1,000 - To purchase and trial fox traps as a means of pest control in areas where houses are in close proximity
         $   900 - Sponsoring BL4EA to undertake structured monitoring and testing of water quality within Ajax Achilles Lagoons
         $1,000 - Sponsoring Loxton Recreation Grounds Trust and Loxton Men's Shed to manufacture and install bat and bird boxes in the Loxton area

  • 4 December 2012 - SA Water, in concert with Nature Foundation SA, BL4EA and LBLAP, install temporary irrigation infrastructure to delivery donated environmental water to seedlings on Clarks Floodplain - ypoutube link -

  • 22 November 2012 - Open Day and Official Opening of Aquaponics Centre - Loxton North - link to Murray Pioneer Story

  • 20 November 2012 - Governor of SA, Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce, and his wife visit Aquaponics Centre - link to Loxton News Story

  • 9 November 2012 - BL4EA Christmas Party

  • 7 November 2012 - BL4EA AGM

  • 6 November 2012 - LBLAP AGM - Guest Speaker - Dave Reilly, Nuffield Scholar 2012

  • September 2012 - In concert with Nature Foundation SA, delivered a Bird Monitoring Training Day for volunteers

  • 13 August 2012 - State NRM Community Grant Won
    $7,630 - Propagation Infrastructure to facilitate the 'native plant propagation program' at Loxton High School

  • June 2012 - Hands on Aquaponics Training Sessions delivered over 5 half days - 22 participants

  • 24 May 2012 - 3 SAMDBNRMB NRM Volunteer Small Grants Won
    $1,000 - Tree Markers for Tree Arboretum on Loxton Town Floodplain - New stormwater collection site
    $1,000 - Community Monitoring Training - In concert with BL4EA and Nature Foundation SA
    $   750 - 3 GPS Units to Assist In-field Monitoring - In concert with Yatco Wetland Landcare Group

  • 18 May 2012 - Aquaponics Training Project gets Infrastructure on Ground - The Fish Tank Shed and Hydroponic Hothouse have been constructed on site at Balfour Ogilvy Road, Loxton North - Many thanks to the volunteers involved in the construct, particularly Lindsay Dowley, Matt Dowley, Steve Eckermann, Dominic Smith and Jacob Otto

  • 11 May 2012 - In concert with Nature Foundation SA, delivered a Tree Monitoring Training Day for volunteers

  • March 2012 - Partnership project with Nature Foundation SA and BL4EA - To gather water donations and irrigation equipment to water floodplain redgum and box seedlings deferred because of high river

  • 20 March 2012 - Yatco South reconnected due to high river - Yatco Riverine Recovery Project again put on hold

  • December 2011 - Plans made to partner with Nature Foundation SA and BL4EA - To gather water donations and irrigation equipment to water the significant number of floodplain redgum and box seedlings that grew as a result of tghe 2010-11 high river.

  • December 2011 - Yatco South Lagoon disconnected from North Lagoon - To commence the drydown of the lagoon to facilitate the long awaited installation of pipe to remove irrigator offtake from the floodplain to the main river.

  • 18 September 2011 - $150,000 of Federal Govt Caring for Our Country funding secured for Aquaponics Project - To install a functional Aquaponics system in the Riverland and involve a group of Riverland landholders in the installation process and then trainiing in the ongoing day-to-day operation of the system.  Builds on earlier State Govt NRM Community Grant funded project.

  • 17 May 2011 - Three SAMDBNRMB Volunteer Small Grants announced - $1,000 to part fund a Sighting Scope for BL4EA to assist monitoring the birdlife on Ajax Achilles wetland.  $1,000 to part fund a Salinity Meter for Yatco Wetland Landcare Group and $750 to fund some lifejackets for the Loxton Apex Club "Community Boat".

  • 29 April 2011 - LBLAP entry to the Register of Environmental Organisations - Donated Gift Recipient (DGR) status attained

  • 11 March 2011 - $ 15,400 secured from State Govt NRM Community Grants Pgm - To run a $35,800 Aquaponics training pgm.

  • 1 March 2011 - $29,700 secured  from State Govt NRM Community Grants Pgm - To benchmark irrigation performance and management post-drought in the BL4EA district in a $42,300 project

  • 4 February 2011 - Water now flowing through southern half of Tortoise Crossing as well as Echidna Crossing and into Gurra Lakes.

  • 6 December 2010 - Water now flowing from Gurra Lakes into main river at downstream end.

  • 1 December 2010 - Water flow at Salt Creek end of Gurra Lakes system appears static - Flow (as a result of evaporation and irrigation use) would normally be from main river, through salt creek and into Gurra Lakes.

  • 27 November 2010 - Water flowing into Gurra Lakes from Upstream Connection Adjacent to Lyrup Township and via northern half of Tortoise Crossing - As a result of greatly increased river levels and flows, the earthworks that were undertaken in September, finally came into full use today as water flowed from the upstream connection into Gurra Gurra Lakes.

  • 17 November 2010 - $19,400 secured from Caring for Our Country Community Grants for the Yatco Wetlands Landcare Group, for an Moorook Irrigator Educational Program in relation to the Yatco Lagoon.  Appl'n submitted by RiverSmart Australia Ltd, supported by LBLAP

  • 17 November 2010 - $14,400 secured from Caring for Our Country Community Grants for an 18 month program to reduce the impact of invasive species and aid protection of native wildlife in the Pyap to Kingston Land & Water Management Planning area

  • 17 November 2010 - DAFF Climate Change Project Meeting for Pyap Kingston Land & Water Managment area growers - 6:30pm Moorook Bowling Club

  • 16 November 2010 - DAFF Climate Change Project Meeting for Bookpurnong Lock 4 Land & Water Management area growers - 6:30pm -1908 Room, Loxton Hotel

  • 15 November 2010 - Water flows from main river over concrete road crossings adjacent to Lyrup township, on way to Lyrup Forest - Earthworks were also undertaken at this end of the system, to facilitate inflows into Gurra Lakes in time of flood.

  • 9 November 2010 - LBLAP AGM - 7:00 pm - Upstairs, Loxton Hotel - Guest Speakers, Karlene Maywald, State Govt Murray Darling Basin Plan Steering Committee Chairperson and Robyn Cain, Director - Riverland Futures Taskforce

  • 13 October 2010 - Bookpurnong Lock 4 Environmental Association AGM - 6:00 pm - Baulderstone's residence, Lock 4

  • 20 September 2010 - Earthworks completed at Tortoise and Echidna Crossings (hopefully in time to take advantage of increased pool levels due as a result of interstate floods and resultant unregulated flows). Cost overruns met out of LBLAP Committee funds.

  • 15 July 2010 - Callie Nickolai announced as winner of the Jane Gillooly Award. Callie (LBLAP Mgt C'tee Member and SAMDBNRMB Wetland Monitoring Officer) will use the Award to conduct a three week study tour of the Murray-Darling Basin, from the mouth of the Murray to the headwaters at the Snowy Mountains and also to Charleville in Queensland.

  • 23 June 2010 - $10,000 secured via the State NRM Community Grants to undertake earthworks at Tortoise and Echidna Crossings on Gurra Gurra Road.  Those earthworks will remove a significant barrier to flood flow that was left in place ever since the $750,000 project to create those crossings (under-road culverts) over 10 years ago.

  • 16 May 2010 - Katfish Reach Family Day - 'A Day on the Kat' - Breakfast then Canoe/walk a 4 km course, with information stops along the way.

  • 5 March 2010 - Bookpurnong Lock 4 Land & Water Management Plan released to public

  • 2 February 2010 - Andrew Biele elected Chairperson to replace Dave Reilly who is retiring because of work committments.  Dave remains as a valuable member of the Management Committee

  • 25 November 2009 - 7.00 pm Brand's Shed - Bookpurnong Lock 4 PUBLIC MEETING re Management of the Ajax Achilles Wetland - All interested persons invited to attend.

  • 3 November 2009 - LBLAP Annual General Meeting - 7:30pm Loxton Research Centre - inc presentation by Dave Reilly on "The Suitability of Date Palms as a Crop in the Riverland"

  • 19 October 2009 - Fish Screens - Main Yatco Regulator - Work began this week to retrofit some native fish friendly fish screens to the regulator in the main embankment at Yatco.  These will be vertical bar screens that wil be able to be fitted to either end of the regulator in order to enable easier cleaning, regardless of direction of flow.

  • 2 October 2009 - LWMO Departs for Greener Pastures - Lauren Burdett has ceased employ with LBLAP and has moved to the Mid North to pursue her interest in Pest Plant & Animal Control.  We wish her well and hope to see her back in the Riverland some time in the future.

  • 12 September 2009 - BL4EA AGM - Details available from Office on request.

  • 13 August 2009 - DAFF FarmReady Project to Investigate Possible Climate Change Mitigation Strategies About to Commence (see 20/05/09 announcement below)

    See Fact Sheet

  • 2 July 2009 - $100,000, 2 year program to control pest plant and animals on Katarapko Wetland

    In a joint project with Berri Barmera LAP, SAMDBNRMB personnel and LBLAP, funding has been secured from the latest round of 'Caring for Our Country' grants, to tackle invasive pest plant and animal species on Katarapko wetland and adjacent landholdings.

  • 15 June 2009 - $7,220 Funding Application for Gauge Boards at Yatco Successful

    The Minister for Environment and Conservation, Hon Jay Weatherill MP, has approved LBLAP funding application for a Community Grant to install Gauge Boards at Yatco to assist with regular monitoring undertaken at the site by the Yatco Wetland Landcare Group and SAMDBNRMB.

  • 2 June 2009 - Public Meeting - Review of LBLAP Flora, Fauna and Native Fish Strategies

    Discussion Points

    Publicity - LBLAP should make a greater effort to disseminate relevant environmental information into the community.  eg better promote the recent opening of the sluice gates at Yatco.

    Typha - becoming a real issue in wetlands - possible demonstration site at Little Duck to trial control measures - Discuss with SAMDBNRM and Pest Plant & Animal staff.  Brooke Turner is undertaking her thesis on the topic at the moment and may be a source of relevant information.  Suggestion made that Foundation SA may be a source of funding for typha investigations.

    Bird Hides - Installation of hides at various sites are potential projects for which to seek funding. Potential sites would need to have good public access - eg Yatco.

    Pyap Lagoon - Dean Fielke (landowner of part of Pyap floodplain) is keen to progress any actions to aid in reviving the condition of the Pyap wetland/floodplain.  Dean is also keen to undertake some monitoring and Sheridan suggested that there would be good community support for that type of activity.

    Locally based Consultant - Tony Sharley (ex Manager Banrock Station) is now consulting freelance and also working with Bill Phillips. - A good local resource.

    Cat Traps - are available from SAMDBNRM Pest Plant & Animal dept, but the feeling was that there are not enough traps available. Suggestion made that LBLAP verify the shortage of traps and, if correct, seek funding for traps and make them available to the public on loan.

  • 20 May 2009 - DAFF - $160,000 FarmReady Funding Application Successful

    The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, the Hon Tony Burke today announced that LBLAP had been one of the successful applicants for funding under the FarmReady Industry Grants Round 1, for a project to build the capacity of the Riverland to better manage potential variations that might arise as a result of Climate Change.

    CSIRO, SAMDBNRMB and LBLAP will be working collaboratively with the very active community groups of Bookpurnong Lock 4 Environmental Association and its associated Land & Water Management Planning group as well as the Pyap to Kingston-on-Murray Land & Water Management Planning Group on this 2 year, $160,000 project.

  • 18 March 2009 - Yatco Lagoon Rewet Commences

    Yatco is among several priority wetlands that are receiving some water from the environmental water account.  It is expected that the wetland will be filled to pool level and then disconnected from the river again.  It is expected that the environmental benefits that have occurred through the drying phase of the past year or so, will be significantly enhanced with the rewet.
  • November 2008 - Upgrade of Land & Water Management Plans

    The upgrades of the Bookpurnong Lock 4 and also the Pyap to Kingston LWMPs are almost complete

  • November 2008 - New LWMP Officer Appointed

    LBLAP reluctantly accepted the resignation of Leah Sullivan as LWMP Officer for the area.  She will be sorely missed.  However, when one door closes another opens and Lauren Burdett was appointed to take up from where Leah left off.  We wish Lauren well as she takes these initial steps within the career field she's chosen and trained for.  Lauren commences employment with us 1 December 2008.

  • November 2008 - Pump Relocation

    The relocation of irrigation pumps from the Yatco floodplain to the main river is an integral part of the disconnection of the Yatco wetland.  That disconnection is a process that was initiated by a local group (including the irrigators) to save water loss through evaporation during a time of very low water availability across the Murray Darling Basin.

    Funding for the relocation, while promised by several politicians of various persuasions, has been held up with the transition to a new federal government in late 2007.   However, the Yatco group are confident that relocation will occur in 2009, as a pilot project for relocations under the Murray Futures program.

    Irrigators pumping out of Ajax Achilles and the Gurra wetlands are also hopeful of accessing funding for pump relocation from that same source.


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