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A vast, semi-arid landscape characterised by extensive native chenopod shrublands and grasslands.

This subregion is well adapted to drought and 'boom and bust' cycles but sensitive to disturbance. The natural shrublands and grasslands provide fodder for sheep and cattle grazing, supporting multi-generational pastoral enterprises, as well as significant biodiversity values.

This page provides an overview of the things people value about the landscapes, livelihoods and lifestyles of the Pastroal subregion, what is driving change, and what needs to be worked on to ensure the values supported by natural resources persist for the future.

What makes this subregion special

Some of the features we value in the Pastoral subregion that are supported by natural resources include:

  • Aboriginal cultural values
  • livelihoods based on pastoral enterprises; grazing of sheep and goats in rangelands
  • permanent water sources (surface and underground) provide drought refuges, and are highly valued for grazing and conservation
  • ‘Lifestyle’ values; vast and scenic landscape, multi-generational farms, bush blocks and rural living
  • biodiversity conservation values associated with extensive areas of chenopod shrublands and grasslands, including threatened species.

Drivers of change

The main drivers of change to natural resources identified in the Pastoral subregion are:

  • access to markets and commodity prices for meat, wool, and organic produce
  • declining population
  • climate and climate change
  • policy settings regarding opportunities for sequestration  (Emissions Reduction Fund, links to markets) reduced grazing, increased biomass
  • high cost of transport due to distance from markets.

Impacts of climate change

Potential natural resource impacts of climate change projections in the Pastoral subregion include:

  • decline in winter rainfall, increase in daily mean, minimum and maximum temperatures and increase in frequency of heatwaves affecting production from pastoral zone, soil cover and erosion risk
  • changes in presence and distribution of weed species due to changed soil conditions or seasonality of rainfall.

What we need to work on

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