Does the Soil Conservation Service work under a Quality Management System?
Yes – the Soil Conservation Service operates an externally accredited integrated management system for Quality (ISO9001:2008), OH&S (AS4801:2001), and Environment (AS/NZS ISO 14001:2004). Implementation of standard procedures ensures consistent quality services and products are provided to our clients, as well as providing SCS with a competitive advantage when bidding for projects, particularly government agencies.
Does the Soil Conservation Service do property inspections and advise on soil erosion control?
Yes, we do. But in line with Government policy this service is now done on a fee for service basis. Charges may apply on the initial inspection depending on the extent of the information required.
What types of work do you do?
Anything to do with erosion, drainage, revegetation, landscaping, tree planting, excavation, dam and bank construction, erosion and sediment control, river bank stabilisation.
I have just purchased a property and would like some advice on how best to manage it?
The Soil Conservation Service can prepare a property plan that will help you utilise your property in a sustainable way. A property plan includes:
- A map of the property locating all existing and recommended infrastructure such as roads, maps, power lines, buildings, yards etc.
- The map will also identify land capability, dams, creeks, vegetation types, soil types and erosion problems.
An accompanying report will outline recommended commercial uses of the property. Issues that can be advised on include paddock rotations, recommended pasture species, fertiliser rates and stocking rates. Results of soil samples collected and tested as part of the package will be presented and discussed. A section on drought proofing will advise on dam size and locations and possible uses and locations of troughs. Information on tree planting (species and locations) can be incorporated, the aim being to improving the aesthetics and therefore the dollar value of the property in the long term as well as improving habitat for native fauna. An approximate cost for implementing recommended works can be included in the report.
My dam leaks. What can I do about it?
The Soil Conservation Service has over 70 years experience in farm dam design and construction. A number of options can be considered to seal your dam, depending on the situation. These can be as simple as clay lining or lining with Bentonite to the use of a full commercial liner. The most relevant option should be discussed with your local Soil Conservation Service officer who can also price and implement the work.