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Leigh Davison’s Story

Leigh Davison’s Story

By on Jul 1, 2013 in Dharmananda | 0 comments

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Conservation land

There’s also a conservation covenant on 42% of the property. That includes all that country that I told you on the north-west corner that came back very quickly. And a lot of other stuff as well and so we’re getting quite a bit of work done on some of that. Yeah doing it ourselves and Envite have got a team coming in and Georgia Bayer from the Conservation Trust just emailed me yesterday saying they want to run a workshop up here sometime. To encourage people to regenerate and so on. I can show you all that if we go around. I’ve got a little thing you can stand on the back like a charioteer.

And with the conservation covenant, was that up to you guys to decide the boundary or did you get assistance?

More or less. We said ‘Oh yeah roughly all this good stuff up the back,’ and it has to be surveyed of course. So the more survey points you need the more expensive it is. That sort of cut out a bit but yeah, 42% of the property. But we’re regenerating 85% so that’s only half of what we’re regenerating or preserving. So only 15% is agricultural and then I put the cows on two neighbouring properties as well that we use. Some of the cows are over next door at the moment. So managing other paddocks because of this phenomenon of people buying land but not really having the interest or the resources to manage, so it works – it’s very much a win, win. Works for them, works for us.

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