Hunter Valley miners work with landowners to increase soil productivity
July 18, 2012

Aiming to increase productivity and profitability for farmers in the region, Bengalla’s four year project will explore methods to increase the amount of carbon stored in the soil – a process called carbon sequestration. 

This practice should improve soil fertility to both increase agricultural yields and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

And by trading sequestered carbon under the federal government’s Carbon Farming Initiative, the project could potentially provide landowners with additional income.


Back Row (L-R): John Lawrie (GSS Environmental), Dr Brian Murphy, Dr Tony O’Hara (HHM Projects), Chris Masters (HHM Projects,) Priscilla Tremain (PhD UoN Student).
Front Row (L-R): Shane Curry (HHM Projects), Amy Harburg (Bengalla), Andrew Regan (PhD Student UoN / GSS Environmental).


"We are expecting a number of benefits including increased nutrient and water holding capacity of the soil which will lead to increases in productivity," said Amy Harburg, Bengalla’s Environmental Specialist. "The research has the potential to deliver some really positive land-use outcomes for the region.”

The project is part of a partnership between the University of Newcastle, HHM Projects and Hunter-Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority (CMA), and will involve up to 20 landowners in the region.

"A critical element is the involvement of local landholders and farmers in the development of the process and to encourage ownership and take up of the outcomes,” said Ms. Harburg.

The project is just one of many efforts by NSW Miners to benefit all residents of the region, though this is the first program aimed at increasing carbon storage in the soil.  

"Bengalla is forward thinking in its positioning with its agricultural neighbours," said Shane Curry, HHM Projects Project Manager.

"This project has the potential to increase the carbon content of soil while improving grazing and cropping. It's a win-win situation for farmers through increases to productivity and profitability."

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