Support for farmers to fix farm erosion

North Coast Local Land Services are inviting landholders to submit an expression of interest (EOI) to receive a plan on how to repair erosion sites that are impacting farm production as part of the Fixing Farm Erosion Project.

The severe flooding and wet weather of 2022 caused a wide range of erosion impacts throughout the North Coast with many landholders still needing support on how best to fix and prevent further damage to their properties.

The Fixing Farm Erosion Project will provide landholders with an opportunity to receive support from an experienced consultant who will visit their farm and provide one-on-one advice, which may include an initial design and estimate of costings for remediation works.

North Coast Local Land Services Officer, Harriet Brickhill said this is a great opportunity for landholders to access technical expertise and a clear plan on how to fix their farm erosion.

“Landholders are still recovering after last year’s flooding and storm events with erosion sites still reducing access to farm production areas and reducing the productivity of their land. A number of landholders have also experienced dam failure and threats to built infrastructure, such as sheds, yards and fences being undermined due to erosion” Harriet said.

“We know that for many landholders fixing erosion is not their business as usual and for some it’s hard to know where to start. Whilst the project won’t provide financial assistance to undertake the repair works, the project aims to provide landholders with a ‘next steps’ guide so they will feel confident on how best to undertake the works, either by themselves or using contractors,” said Harriet.

A series of workshops are also being planned throughout the North Coast which will discuss how to repair and prevent farm erosion. These workshops will be open to all landholders who register their interest in the project.

The EOI will now close COB Friday 4 August 2023. Farm visits are expected to occur from August to December 2023 and group workshops to be held from November 2023 to February 2024. Access the Fixing Farm EOI application form.

The Fixing Farm Erosion Project is funded by the NSW Government as part of the Early Needs Recovery Program which aims to support landholders after the severe storms and flooding events experienced in 2022 (AGRN 1012).

Local Land Services is delivering the Early Needs Recovery Program in collaboration with the Department of Regional NSW and the NSW Department of Primary Industries.

The program is part of the $150 million Primary Industry Support Package which is co-funded by the Australian and NSW governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

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