Unlike traditional grant programs, Refreshing Rivers helps you create a profile capturing your on-farm natural capital, providing opportunities for you to improve waterway stewardship.
Our innovative program helps you create a toolbox to capture your on-farm natural capital, providing opportunities for you to improve waterway stewardship. Understand the financial rewards that are currently available, as well as new rewards being made available in this ever-evolving space.
Environmental Markets are a new area we are all learning about. Here are some helpful terms.
Natural capital is the world's stock of natural assets and includes the rocks and soil beneath our feet, our streams, rivers and oceans, the air, and all living things that provide a flow of benefits or ecosystem services to people.
For more information about Natural Capital:
The benefits delivered by nature, for example carbon sequestration, biodiversity, water quality improvement, flood mitigation.
Helpful resource: Riparian Ecosystem Services fact sheet from the Water Victoria
A tool for measuring environmental metrics on-farm. Different types of accounting measure different metrics, for example:
Provided to land managers who meet its environmental standards, environmental certification includes a recognised logo that enables land managers to access premium markets and consumers to differentiate commodities based on their environmental attributes.
Our Project Officers are seeking eligible landholders within our three Target Areas who would like to have a Natural Capital Profile assessment of their farm. This assessment will provide information for landholders to access opportunities and emerging markets.
Your profile may include topics such as:
Once landholders have created a Natural Capital Profile, our program will support landholders to move down an appropriate pathway, and provide assistance to access to financial rewards through environmental markets. Unlike a traditional grant program providing funding for trees and fencing, we can instead equip eligible landholders with the following opportunities:
In the words of a landholder we are working with:
Improving waterway health is an important part of improving environmental condition and ecological health in farming landscapes. These environmental benefits are significant because they support better ecosystem services, which in turn support agricultural productivity.
Ecosystem services are the benefits that people (and our livestock and crops) gain from plants, animals and micro-organisms in nature interacting together as a self-sustaining ecological system, or ecosystem. Biodiversity – the variety of different species of plants, animals and micro-organisms – is particularly important to ecosystem services.
These ecosystem services include nutrient cycling, carbon sequestration, erosion control, pollination, water quality improvement, pest management and flood control, all of which can provide a significant contribution to agricultural productivity on your farm.
For example, a fenced waterway that supports healthy and biodiverse vegetation both in and along the waterway will be better able to filter a sudden influx of sediment off a burnt paddock further upstream. This filtration service minimises damage to the waterbody, which could have had serious impacts on water extracted for livestock, domestic use or town water supplies further downstream.
Our Project Officers are seeking eligible landholders within our three Target Areas who would like to have a Natural Capital Profile assessment of their farm. If you are interested, please get in touch.
"What I enjoy most about my role is meeting people and being out in the field. I have a passion for agriculture, environment and community, which I carry with me into this role. I think the value of the Refreshing Rivers Program will be seen in action through listening and learning from our community."
Favourite plant or animal: Murray-Darling Rainbow Fish (Melanotaenia fluviatilis)
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"We have one of the last populations of Southern Pygmy Perch in the Murray catchment and it has been teetering for the last 10 years. Getting the whole community involved and keeping our creeks and waterways functioning and resilient as our natural and production systems adapt to climate changes, can give these struggling species the fighting chance they need."
Favourite plant or animal: Shield Shrimp (Triops australiensis)
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"There are not too many jobs where you can physically see the difference you have made. I enjoy working with landholders to design their projects and I love going back and revisiting sites to see how these projects are making a difference to the way landholders manage their land."
Favourite plant or animal: Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)
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