Helping hand for local environment

Mac Crabb
Landcare’s Mark Webb (left) with Mac Crabb and vintage farm machinery at Mac’s Lower Light property, which has been extensively rehabilitated.

Mac and Christobel Crab working to rehabilitate land

District Council of Mallala  mayor, Duncan Kennington, and myself, recently were invited totake a tour of a large parcel of land owned by Mac and Cristobel Crabb.

Their property abuts the Light River system and I believe is one of our regions greatest natural environmental assets.

We were very fortunate we didn’t have to walk around the several thousand acres their property encompasses, as Mac drove us around in his 4WD.

Their property borders Highway 1 and takes in a number of differing landscapes including some unspoilt Mallee vegetation and Samphire coastal landscapes.

Mac was very proud of some of the projects he and Cristobel had implemented on their property – and so they should be, they have made some significant inroads when it comes to sustainable land management practices.

We saw some great examples of the rehabilitation projects that they have implemented; they collect all their own seed from their property and propagate plants for revegetation projects. Mac said if you planted the right plants “then nature would do the rest.”

Rehabilitation works they have implemented were a great example of his philosophy.

As a member for Landcare, former NRM group member and student studying Environmental Management and Sustainability at UniSA, I have visited many properties within our region, and it is reassuring to see how some land managers are making a positive impact upon our landscapes.

Large landholders can play a pivotal role in the management of landscapes and we can all support them to do this.

Roads within the district transect many landholders’ properties – even yours– and this is why I believe we should plant native indigenous plants within our own properties and create revegetation corridors along our roads.

Roadside vegetation is a way of creating connectivity between your property, school gardens, coastal and community landcare projects and farming enterprises.

Working together, we can all be involved in the protection of our valuable landscapes and build resilience of these landscapes for future generations.

•  I also attended the Anzac Day dawn service at Mallala. As always, it was a very stirring occasion.

I saw one of the many helpers of the RSL handing out programs for proceedings of the service, when I noticed a young lad about 6-7 years old ask the lady if he could help.

She said yes and gave him some to hand out. What I am saying is we can all support each other, no matter what our endeavours might be.

Create your ‘paradise’

• A project initiated through the Urban Biodiversity Unit of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, (DENR) with support from Gawler Environment and Heritage Association (GEHA) and Gawler Regional NRC, is to grow thousands of indigenous understorey plants from locally collected seed.

This project offers an opportunity for residents to help increase biodiversity within our region and create your own piece of paradise, a wildlife friendly backyard with food and shelter for our native birds, butterflies and lizards

Plants will be available to purchase in boxes of 20 for $20.

For more information contact Emily on 8523 7715 or email

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