Our Approach to Projects
A key role of the Gascoyne Catchments Group is to deliver innovative and practical projects, relevant to the Gascoyne pastoral industry. We aim to involve members and stakeholders in the implementation of projects; and provide practical advice when reporting on the outcomes and findings of our work.
We welcome proposals from our members for potential future projects and will seek funding to support the implementation of projects that are aligned with our strategic goals.
Our Guiding Principles
When determining the suitability of a potential project, the Gascoyne Pastoral Group considers three long term goals and the potential for the project to contribute to these objectives.
Rangeland health is the single most important factor that impacts our businesses. It determines long-term productivity, profitability and risk.
Improving rangeland health will increase productive capacity through higher carrying capacity and greater capacity to cope with variable seasonal conditions, including drought.
Rangeland health is important to us because it also effects ‘ecosystem services’, such as biodiversity, soil and water quality. Furthermore, it is crucial that our land management choices stand up to public scrutiny.
Beef production in Australia has a range of new domestic and international markets emerging for our products and leveraging these is vital for our sector.
We work with pastoralists and others in the supply chain to take advantage of new markets and build lasting relationships with other members of the value chain.
Applied Research & Development
We are keen and active participants in applied research and development on production and sustainability. We are proactive in raising the profile of our industry and our region – telling our stories through our networks in addition to print and online media.
As a trusted and experienced body, we seek to influence policy and provide a united producer voice on local and regional issues, along with highlighting opportunities and key information to government agencies and other stakeholders.
Rangelands Monitoring Tool
2007 – current
Gascoyne Catchments Group has developed the Rangelands Monitoring Tool© as an industry driven and endorsed rangelands self-assessment and reporting tool. This tool was developed to maintain, emphasise and build on the information collected using existing Pasture Monitoring Sites, an initiative developed and established by the Department of Agriculture and Food WA in the early 1980s. Based on the plant species defined in the app, the tool is currently only relevant to Gascoyne and Pilbara pastoralists.
The Rangelands Monitoring Tool© is a process of rangeland assessment that provides:
- perennial shrub & grass trends to monitor pasture composition;
- perennial shrub & grass indicators to monitor trends in range condition;
- monitoring for soil health, stability, infiltration rates and nutrient cycling;
- a method to record and assess the type and severity of rangeland erosion;
- improved day to day management decisions on pastoral leases.
The evidence collected from this self-assessment tool is used to communicate with regulators, agricultural industries and conservation agencies. It also provides a credible basis on which to disseminate information to the general public on the condition and management of the Rangeland resources. Most importantly, it assists pastoral managers in adjusting management responses to specific land and vegetation indicators.
In 2019, the Gascoyne Catchment Group launched an iOS application to allow for easier use of the tool in the field.
The app cannot be downloaded on to your desktop computer. Please launch the App store from either your iPhone or iPad and download the app from there. To utilise the app, you need to obtain a username and password. To do so, contact us via email at email@example.com