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Centralian Land Management Association (CLMA) manages largest Landcare group by area in Australia

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article image The CLMA's Landcare group represents about 300,000km (30 million ha) of land under pastoral lease
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Founded in 1988 by a group of local pastoralists, the Centralian Land Management Association (CLMA) is the pastoral industry's Landcare group in central Australia.

Since its formation, the Association has developed into the largest Landcare group by area in Australia, extending from Tennant Creek to south of the NT/SA border. The area represents about 300,000km (30 million ha) of land under pastoral lease.

The primary enterprise in the region is beef cattle, with most cattle stations being family-run properties in remote locations. Of the 80 properties in the area, close to 60% are members of the CLMA. The average size of cattle stations in central Australia is over 3,000km (300,000ha).

The aim of the group is "to promote land management practices that will ensure the sustainable and productive use of pastoral lands."

One way the CLMA achieves this is by employing technical and scientific staff to provide credible and scientifically sound services to its members, supporting and assisting the pastoral industry with sustainable natural resource management.

The CLMA lists a number of key initiatives as of prime importance. These include:

  • provision of natural resource management advice to members
  • networking at local/regional/national levels (Govt. departments, community organisations, research agencies, NRM stakeholder groups)
  • attendance at forums and committees (e.g. Drought policy reviews, Parks and Conservation Master plan)
  • advocacy for members
  • maintenance of office and communication networks with pastoral community
  • maintenance of vehicles, weed spraying equipment etc.; and
  • representation on the Regional Weeds Advisory Board.

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