Gwydir Shire Council – NSW
Together, the Gwydir Shire Council and its local Landcare group, Northern Slopes Landcare Association, have transformed 150 hectares of degraded land on the edge of town into a state-of-the-art learning centre, showcasing regenerative agriculture and next-generation farming systems. The Living Classroom gives students a chance to test land management techniques, and acts as a purpose-built site for Northern Slopes Landcare Association, North West Local Land Services and other local Landcare groups to demonstrate natural resource management practices. Council has also recently partnered with the Carbon Farm Group, providing the Group with the ideal venue on which to demonstrate carbon-farming principles. Due to Gwydir Shire Council’s awareness-raising, many producers in the Shire are now starting to implement rotational grazing, multi-species cropping, biological weed controls pasture treatments and tree planting.