Contour Banks

Broad-based banks are used on farming country to intercept runoff that is flowing down paddocks to prevent significant soil movement before it starts. Their low profile allows the entire bank to be farmed, and does not restrict access around the paddock. The banks are slightly graded to carry the flow to a stable outlet. This is either a natural watercourse or a constructed, grassed waterway.

Controlling runoff to prevent soil erosion, safely storing and distributing water, and rehabilitating eroded or disturbed areas are key elements in the sustainable management of properties and catchments. Well designed and constructed earthworks have proven to be a cost-effective and reliable measure for soil and water conservation. These works are a sound, long-term investment for private landholders and the community who are concerned about protecting their land assets.


For more information please contact your local Soil Conservation Service representative, or email

Page last updated/reviewed: 31 Mar 2014