Finalist: Sustainable Agriculture Award
In December 2016, Samantha and her family purchased a 70-acre property on the outskirts of Ipswich which included a 1km section of Purga Creek. Their Purga Conservation Project has been the focus of developing a plan to implement key tasks that aims to restore the creekbank and the previously run-down cattle property by creating a natural balance between running livestock and regenerating native flora and fauna. As a family, the Einams are working to create an ideal habitat for koalas by installing 250 koala-friendly plants and fences throughout their property, and have signed a Koala Conservation Agreement with Ipswich City Council.
While the project is still in its infancy, the Einams have planted over 500 native trees, managed invasive weeds and pests, achieved improvements in soil health and developed off-stream watering points and a mini-wetland ecosystem.