Productivity through biodiverse rangelands

The ILSC’s agribusinesses operate in a diverse range of ecosystems and works to manage its environmental impact.

Productivity through biodiverse rangelands

The ILSC aims to achieve positive environmental impact and uses best-practice techniques, while remaining commercially successful and providing employment and training benefits for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


The ILSC supports sustainable land management, and is exploring the use of a Natural Capital Accounting system as part of demonstrating sustainability in land use and collecting data that could be used to support the development of payments for ecosystems services markets. 

Property Management Planning

The ILSC undertakes property management planning that aims to enhance productive grazing capacity and protect areas of high cultural and ecological significance. This incorporates cultural and ecological values and science on landscape processes, land systems, land condition, climate and biodiversity.

Endangered Species Management

In conjunction with Indigenous land owners, the ILSC is managing key threatened species habitats, including the Golden Shouldered Parrot, Swift Parrot, Forty Spotted Pardalote, Eastern Quoll, and Gouldian Finch. Some of these management activities include:

  • collaboration with leading ecological research institutions
  • habitat renewal by planting key tree species
  • installation of nest boxes
  • species sensitive grazing management, and
  • prescriptive fire management.

Rivers, waterholes and wetlands

The ILSC aims to protect environmental values in riparian zones using a number of techniques, including:

  • strategic stock exclusion
  • establishing off-river water points
  • riparian monitoring, and
  • re-establishment of natural flows where possible.

Brolgas enjoy the natural wetlands on Roebuck Plains Station, where the ILSC grazes 15,000 head of cattle. Land owners have declared an Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) over much of the property – the first IPA over a commercial cattle station. The collaboration with Nyamba Buru Yawuru to manage multiple values demonstrates the ILSC’s commitment to enhancing cultural, environmental and economic outcomes for Indigenous people.

Weeds Management

The ILSC has adopted a strategic approach to weeds management, aligned with national strategies for Weeds of National Significance and state-based approaches, to ensure cost-effective protection of natural ecosystems.

Grazing Management

ILSC pastoral managers and senior Indigenous staff undertake grazing land managment training to enhance their ability to maintain land condition, productive capacity and biodiversity, matching stock numbers to current carrying capacity. Pastoral managers have undertaken training in Grazing Land Management.