What we’re doing
The sheep are gone from this former sheep station, but there are still areas where erosion needs to be controlled or repaired.
Almost the entire catchment of Lake Puckridge is nestled within Bon Bon, which enables us to protect and manage the tributaries and wetlands that feed into the lake.
Fire can be very damaging to the Mulga and Myall woodlands, so we're establishing strategic fire breaks and being 'fire-ready'.
Buffel grass is an emerging invasive weed that has the potential to significantly alter the landscape here. To prevent this happening, we're trying hard to contain and minimise its spread.
Feral predators and rabbits are an ever-present threat needing management, particularly after high rainfall.
How does a big-bodied, hungry vegetarian with an aversion to hot weather survive in one of the hottest and driest places on earth?
Day-to-day life for Southern Hairy-nosed Wombats throws up many challenges. First, the heat. During the day they rest in cool, humid burrows and only emerge at night once temperatures have dropped.
Next job, food. These wombats occupy low-rainfall areas that support nutrient-poor grasses. To combat this, they have very low metabolic rates to save energy.
And then, finding a mate. This is a job for the girls, who leave home to search for mates while the blokes laze around waiting for a growl at the burrow entrance. Burrows, however, are valuable real-estate, so it's an attractive offer to a prospective mate if you can provide shelter and a home.
History and cultural values
The traditional owners of this land are the Antakirinja Matu-Yankunytjatjara people and cultural heritage surveys have turned up Aboriginal tools and flakes.
The buildings and infrastructure on the reserve hark back to Bon Bon's 130-year history as a sheep station, when it was home to a large community of station owners, overseers, stockmen and Aboriginal families.
To ensure the Indigenous and European cultural heritage of Bon Bon is conserved, we're planning to undertake a more comprehensive Indigenous cultural heritage survey, and are working with the South Australian Museum to archive a number of important historical documents found on the property.