Manning farmers consulted as catchment management plan is developed

Harrington dairy farmer Julian Biega. With the help of MidCoast Council's environmental experts, Julian is using innovative water re-use, storage and fertilisation techniques that have contributed to a fantastic outcome for everyone.
Harrington dairy farmer Julian Biega. With the help of MidCoast Council's environmental experts, Julian is using innovative water re-use, storage and fertilisation techniques that have contributed to a fantastic outcome for everyone.

A team of scientists are on the ground in the Manning River catchment throughout August to learn more about the Manning River.

Together with the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, MidCoast Council is undertaking assessments of watercourses to study riparian characteristics such as native vegetation, erosion, land-use and water quality.

This is part of a community-wide undertaking called 'Our Manning River', which will see developed the Manning River and Estuary Catchment Management Plan (CMP) and which will invite input from a range of community groups with close connections to the river.

Farming makes a major contribution to the Manning's economy. Council wants to learn more about the successes, motivators and challenges faced by farmers managing their land.

Harrington dairy farmer Julian Biega

"We are keen to hear from dairy and beef farmers from the Gloucester, Wingham and Taree districts about how they're managing their land and the challenges they face," council's catchment coordinator, Louise Duff said.

Farming consultant Nick Bullock will undertake meetings with interested farmers to gather information that will contribute to the Manning River CMP. Farmers can get involved by registering online at midcoast.nsw.gov.au/ourmanningriver, or contacting council on 6591 7222, before Friday, August 23.

"The community recognises that the Manning River is one of our greatest natural assets. From the World Heritage Barrington Tops to the coastal playground, the Manning is a valuable part of our community life," Ms Duff said. "We're planning to sustain the health of the river into the future."

For more information about the Our Manning River project, visit midcoast.nsw.gov.au/ourmanningriver.