$200,000 fund to improve water for livestock & biodiversity

Grants of up to $10,000 available

Having access to good quality water for people and livestock on farms is critical at any time. By better managing farm water supplies like farm dams, producers can expect to see healthier livestock, an improved environment and higher farm productivity.

Murray Local Land Services has launched a $200,000 incentives program to help landholders carry out projects to improve water quality, security and biodiversity on their farms.

The program offers up to $10,000 per successful application through the Federal Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment’s Future Drought Fund program.

Murray Local Land Services Senior Land Services Officer, Adrian Smith, said the program’s primary focus is existing farm dams, not waterways.

“It will also include wetlands livestock use for drinking purposes and will cover things like the purchase of fencing materials, re-establishment of native plants, troughs, pipes and tanks,” he said.

Mr Smith said applications were now open and would be assessed on a range of factors, including the scale of the project, the anticipated improvements in water quality and biodiversity, links to existing native vegetation and/or waterways, value for money and innovative approaches.

“We’re looking for a spread of projects right across the Murray region,” he said.

“Obviously we have limited total funding, so depending on the number of applications we receive, we’ll need to be quite selective in choosing the successful projects.”

For more information on the program, and to apply, go to www.lls.nsw.gov.au/regions/murray/grants-and-funding, or call Adrian Smith on 0447 778 515.

Media contact: Matt Lane, Communications, 02 6051 2252, mob 0427 459 755

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