The Weelhamby Soil & Reforestation Carbon Project receives government funding

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It’s full steam ahead for CFF’s Carbon Demonstration Project at Weelhamby after the CF-LRP has announced it will receive government funding  

On Thursday 13th January, the Western Australian State Government announced that the Weelhamby Carbon Project will receive funding under the State Government’s $15 million Carbon Farming and Land Restoration Program (CF-LRP). The CF-LRP  was established to support the development of carbon farming throughout WA, specifically carbon projects that deliver broader environmental, social, and economic co-benefits.  

Located in the north-east of Western Australia’s Wheatbelt, the Weelhamby Carbon Project is a soil and tree-based project which seeks to show the viability of carbon farming in a low rainfall area, while operating a profitable mixed-farming operation.

 

As one of the first carbon projects to receive funding under this government scheme, this announcement is huge news for the Weelhamby investor group, which includes the CFF as a key partner.

Putting the Carbon Projects Back in the Hands of Farmers   

 

As investors and strategic partners of the Weelhamby Carbon Project, the CFF has been heavily involved in the Weelhamby Carbon Project since day dot.

 

We are using the project to develop and demonstrate our DIY carbon farming model providing software, guidebooks, training, and support services to the Weelhamby farm management team. For example, we developed an easy-to-use DIY Mapping Guide to enable the Weelhamby team to precisely map out a strategic planting design to ensure carbon activity does not overlap, and productive areas are used efficiently. 

 

Weelhamby Project Agronomist, Ken Bailey says, “The CFF’s software and support provided the Weelhamby team with an easy way to map out an efficient farm layout and a high-yielding planting design which was best suited to the existing farm operation.” 

Initiating Positive Environmental Change  

 

The investment group behind the Weelhamby Carbon Project, led by David Martin, started the project to demonstrate how the agricultural sector can help combat climate change through the storing carbon in soils and vegetation.  

 

To restore local biodiversity, a richly biodiverse mix of local tree and shrub species will be strategically planted across Weelhamby in Winter 2022. This revegetation will link 1500 Ha of the remnant vegetation with three surrounding nature reserves and is expected to significantly enhance biodiversity outcomes in the area.  

Blazing the Industry Trail  

 

A primary aim of the Weelhamby Carbon Project is to demonstrate that through strategic planning and careful changes in management, carbon farming can generate real results without locking up productive farmland.  

 

As opposed to a standalone carbon project, the Weelhamby project features an innovative land management plan that focuses on using vegetation and soil sequestration to best enhance the overall property management. 

 

With the findings from this project soon to become publicly available, the Weelhamby Carbon Project will serve as a case study for Australian landowners who are looking to start their carbon farming journey. This project seeks to show that it is possible to build and maintain soil and reforestation carbon projects in low rainfall areas with the right agronomy and management practices. 

Keen to kick off your own carbon farming project and want to learn more about our DIY carbon farming model? Reach out at hello@carbonfarming.org.au or visit the website at https://carbonfarming.org.au/ to see how we can support you in your carbon farming journey!