Jaclyne Scally aspires to be a leader in integrated catchment management by finding a solution to the conflict that exists between agriculture and the environment on estuarine floodplains in Victoria. This is an issue that is of concern to NRM agencies and landholders alike. Jaclyne has used her grant to engage with experts and public land managers across Australia and New Zealand to learn about innovative “win/win” solutions that provide good outcomes for conservation and landholders in floodplain environments. Through this experience, Jaclyne hopes to identify approaches which can be applied to estuarine environments in Victoria. So far, Jaclyne has:
- investigated management programs to address impacts on the Great Barrier Reef
- visited the Hexham Swamp Rehabilitation Project in New South Wales to learn about a legal buy-back of land allowing floodwaters to inundate private land
- conducted site-visits and meetings to learn from the NZ Living Water projects in three catchments
- presented on Victorian estuary management to the New Zealand Coastal Society.
Waikoriri Creek and Shearer Swamp on the west coast of the South Island, NZ. Everything here is magnified. The high rainfall and mountainous catchment has resulted in many diverse estuarine systems - there are 340 river outlets in 600km of coastline!
Checking out the estuaries of the Great Barrier Reef catchment with the Fitzroy Basin Association. Here, the focus is on working with landholders to reduce nutrient and sediment runoff to the GBR.
Visiting the estuaries on the west coast of the South Island, NZ with Don Neale (Department of Conservation). In this part of the world, rainfall is measured in metres with around 7m falling at sea level and up to 14m in the catchment.
Much of the land surrounding estuaries on the west coast of NZ's South Island is protected for conservation and development is sparse. This means that natural mobility and closure of the estuaries can occur with minimal intervention. Estuaries here are best explored from the water!
Photo courtesy Ed Sloane
Presenting to the West Coast branch of the NZ Coastal Society at Greymouth. A great opportunity to share insights and challenges in estuary management from across the Tasman.
At the Miranda Shorebird Sanctuary, North Island NZ. Private farmland has been purchased by the Department of Conservation to reinstate a more natural flooding regime and to expand critical habitat for migratory shorebirds that frequent the coastal lagoon.