Silcocks Hill

Just outside of Toora is Silcocks Hill this was once a piece of degraded farm land. Runoff from this land was affecting waterways flowing into Corner Inlet. We are working with the landholders to reduce nutrient loads entering the Ramsar listed Corner Inlet marine and coastal park.

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Need

National parks, waterways, landscape and coast – the area surrounding the Ramsar listed Corner Inlet is a place of natural beauty with internationally recognised environmental values. Located in a high rainfall area a lot of sediment and debris from Silcocks Hill was making its way into local waterways and Corner Inlet. This sediment covers estuarine and marine vegetation and can ruin fish feeding and breeding grounds. It also has an impact on water quality and agricultural productivity.

Looking up to Silcocks Hill

Planning

As part of the Corner Inlet Connections program a Reducing the Loads project was created. We worked with other agencies and the landowners to identify areas of steep unproductive land using a Soil Erosion Management Plan (SEMP). This plan helps to

  • stabilise landslips
  • reduce the amount of nutrient and sediment leaving the property and entering local waterways
  • increase biodiversity on the property
  • improve soil health and farm productivity
  • improve water quality on and off farm.
Silcocks Hill, trees ready to plant

Works

We began works in 2012 and, to date, over 20,000 native trees have been planted in the gullies on 15 hectares of land. These work have helped to

  • build community partnerships
  • improve water quality and biodiversity
  • improve on farm productivity
  • reduce nutrient and sediment entering Corner Inlet
  • improve habitat for plants and animals
  • create more resilient soils
  • increase knowledge/extension with participating landholders.
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Outcomes

The land will begin to resemble a forest growing down the valley over the coming years. Many individuals, landholders and community groups worked in partnership with government agencies to make on-farm improvements that improve soil health, biodiversity and water quality.

A short drive to the Silcocks Hill lookout is worth the trip as the views out over Corner Inlet are spectacular and the on grounds works are thriving.


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