Note: Use the links above to access asset data for the Murchison.
45 assets are currently on the Murchison Asset Register, added either through the desktop study (undertaken in preparation for this plan) or the workshops. Assets are categorised as Umbrella, Significant or Notable according to their scale, complexity and the number of smaller-scale assets they incorprate. Umbrella assets are very large, very complex and comprise may small-scale assets, e.g. the Murchison River, while Notable assets are at the other end of the spectrum and are small scale, less complex assets, such as Mt Luke Creek. See the Asset Categories page for a more detailed explanation.
The relative significance of assets, in the context of the whole of the Rangelands were scored using the categories of Exceptional, Very High, High and Moderate. The level of threat against them, considering all threats, was assessed as either Very High, High, Moderate or Low.
Once technical feasibility, landholder adoption and adoption by other organisations (such as state agencies) was assessed, a short list was created of assets that look like solid candidates for further investigation (i.e. those that have high significance, high threat and meet the other filtering criteria). This list is called the ‘Potential projects list’.
Murchison Potential Projects list:
|M019||Banded Ironstone Formation – Mt Forrest and Ida Valley Reserve|
|M085||Murchison River – Sills and filters|
|M004||Wooleen Lake – Entire|
|M007||Lake Nallan and Nallan creek|
|M125||Bulga Downs Station bottomlands – Ram paddock|
Notes: The links in the table above will take you to new pages providing information regarding the relevant asset. Assets in the Asset Register that were ‘nominated’ through the desktop study have not yet been filtered. Projects in the Potential Projects list are not listed in any particular order.
Using the links above, you can access the Murchison Asset Register in several different formats. The ‘Asset Regsiter’ contains descriptive information about each asset, while the links that include the words ‘with scored criteria’ will take you to a spreadsheet showing the criteria scores for each asset.
From this list, in conjunction with the local community, Rangelands NRM is currently developing projects for Lake Nallan and Wooleen Lake. Once finalised, funding will be sought to enable these projects to be implemented. In 2014 in the Wiluna area and specifically at the Lorna Glen and Eraheedy reserves, Rangelands NRM are funding the conservation of the Great Desert Skink, Crest-tailed Mulgara, Mallee Fowl and Greater Bilby, all of which are threatened species, while in the Murchison catchment, sustainable pastoralism is being funded. For more information on these and other projects, visit the Rangelands NRM main website. Funds for these projects have come from the regional core funding allocation under the Commonwealth Government’s Caring For Our Country (CFoC) program. CFoC project proposals needed to be completed before the Potential Project asset lists were finalised, and as such not all 2014 funded projects directly align with the Potential Projects as identified in the regional planning process.
Sustainable pastoralism is a priority across the Rangelands, irrespective of the priority projects or assets. The pastoral
value of land systems is based on their capacity to carry stock. Rangelands NRM aims to prioritise activities that protect, enhance or rehabilitate areas with the highest pastoral potential. To
read more about sustainable pastoralism projects in the Rangelands, visit the Sustainable pastoralism page on the Rangelands NRM website.
It should be noted that the implementation of projects is reliant on funding and that projects on the Potential Projects list are not guaranteed to be funded.