Economic Modelling of Barrier Ranges Sustainable Wildlife Enterprise Trial

This project was part of the FATE program initiated by the University of New South Wales.

The aim of this project was to determine the combination of income from conservation management, kangaroo harvesting and other sources (such as carbon credit payments) that would make the Enterprise Based Conservation (EBC) land-use option more economically attractive to landholders in the Western CMA.  The major task was to calculate the net farm income that would be received, and its variability, from the different proposed models of kangaroo harvesting.  Five models were investigated. For each of the proposed models, the net farm incomes of participating landholders were determined.  Each of these were assessed to determine whether this income offsets any reduction in income resulting from reduced stocking rates to allow for conservation objectives.  This method allows for the ranking of the kangaroo harvesting models in terms of their economic desirability to landholders.

Completed in 2009

Funded by: Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation

Contact: Richard Stayner