FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR NATURAL RESOURCE PROJECTS ON-FARM
Landholders looking at ways to improve the management of natural resources on their farm are encouraged to contact Northern Tablelands Local Land Services who have funding available for on-farm projects.
Local Land Services is working to boost environmental outcomes on farm by connecting native vegetation patches and improving the health of our waterways and adjacent land, as well as improving conditions for threatened species and threatened ecological communities.
An Expression of Interest process is now open for projects that achieve improved natural resource management on farms.
The Northern Tablelands Local Land Services team can help identify opportunities and work through project ideas with landholders. Projects are to be delivered by December 2019.
Examples of eligible projects include protecting and improving waterways; providing alternate water points where stock are excluded from water sources; planting shelter belts or wind breaks with native trees and shrubs; improving habitat for threatened species like woodland birds and koalas and protecting and managing existing native vegetation.
Leith Hawkins, Environment Team Leader at Northern Tablelands Local Land Services, recognises the invaluable possibilities presented by the program.
“With the current conditions proving extremely challenging for the majority of landholders, the program also provides an opportunity for forward planning and preparation for future drought conditions.
“I encourage landholders interested in improving the natural resources on their farm to apply. You are welcome to contact us to discuss your project ideas,” Leith said.
Expressions of Interest will be assessed against a set of criteria including funding availability, landholder contribution, NSW and Australian Government priorities and value for money.
Further information is available at: www.northerntablelands.lls.nsw.gov.au/our-region/grants-and-funding or contact Leith Hawkins on 0408 912 447.
While Leith understands that many landholders’ priorities are currently being directed elsewhere, he believes it is worthwhile taking advantage of the program that will deliver substantial benefits in the long run.
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