Projects and programs

The following projects and programs are currently running. To be updated as new projects or funding is announced, you can sign up to our newsletter.

The below projects are currently run by Riverina Local Land Services, through funding from Catchment Action NSW and/or the NSW Environmental Trust.

Each project is unique and eligibility for landholders to take part will depend largely on location.

Our Project Officers welcome any questions and are always open to discussing projects with you so please get in touch if you'd like further information.

Carbon + Biodiversity Pilot in the Riverina

The Australian Government is running the Carbon + Biodiversity Pilot in our region. The Pilot is a key part of the Australian Government’s $66.1 million Agriculture Biodiversity Stewardship Package and will reward farmers for the stewardship of their land, storing carbon and improving Australia’s biodiversity.

Read more about the pilot.

Bringing Back the Bunyip Bird Australasian Bittern Summit 2022

The Bringing Back the Bunyip Bird Australasian Bittern Summit 2022 is a unique opportunity to connect with scientists, conservationists, wetland managers, birdwatchers and farmers who share a passion about the iconic Australasian Bittern.

Hosted by Riverina Local Land Services, the Summit will be held in Leeton NSW and from 1-4 February 2022.

The Bringing Back the Bunyip Bird – Australasian Bittern Summit is the first time such a conference has been held and will be an amazing opportunity to see and hear about all things Bittern!

Find out more.

Consultation on new proposed Riverina TSR management pilot

Riverina Local Land Services is seeking feedback from the public on proposed changes to management of travelling stock reserves (TSRs) in the central and eastern portions of the Riverina region.

The initiative proposes to create seven defined grazing regions made up of travelling stock reserves, routes and the council roads. These regions will be made available for grazing through a tender application process.

Read more.

The magic of Wiradjuri Country - Photography competition

The Magic of Wiradjuri Country is a competition that will bring together amateur photographers from across the Riverina to capture what they see as the magic of the land we live on. This competition will be open to school children in 2021.

There’s no right or wrong focus for the photograph - to some, a landmark, an animal, a person, or even the landscape itself may be what catches their eye.

In 2019, Riverina Local Land Services ran their inaugural artwork competition which saw high schools from across the Riverina paint artworks with the theme of “Together We Can”. This year, we asked you to put down the paint brush and pick up the camera.

Check out the winners and runners up here. PDF, 756.68 KB

Saving Swift Parrots and Threatened Woodland Species

Swift Parrots (Lathamus discolor) are one of Australia’s rare species of parrot and are listed as critically endangered under Australian Government legislation. It is estimated that less than 2,000 birds live in the wild. Without conservation efforts, this iconic species could be extinct in as little as 16 years.

This project aims to improve the long-term viability of nationally endangered Swift Parrot’s and co-occurring threatened species through the planting of habitat and protection of mature feed trees.

Incentives are on offer to support landholders to protect, restore and establish Swift Parrot habitat within identified priority areas in the mid and eastern Riverina region.

Find out more in the project factsheet.

If you are a landholder that is interested, please contact Project Officer Annie Horton (6923 6350) or

Adjungbilly Creek Catchment - Save Our Species Project

The Adjungbilly Creek is a unique catchment in the Riverina Local Land Services region due to it’s populations of a number of endangered plants and animals. The catchment is home to Macquarie Perch, the Booroolong Frog, White Box, Yellow Box, Blakelys Red Gum, Grassy Woodlands, Coolac-Tumut Serpentinite and Shrubby Woodland. Over the past five years, Riverina Local Land Services (LLS) has worked with Landcare, landholders and researchers to gain an understanding of the extent of the population of these endangered species as well as undertaking targeted works to assist their recovery. Through this ongoing project, we have improved habitat for endangered species and ecological communities through the protection and restoration of 333 hectares of the catchment by revegetating gullies to improve water quality, protected areas of native vegetation by installing 46 kilometres of fencing and re-established corridors of native vegetation by planting 30,000 native trees and shrubs.

Incentives are on offer to landholders to continue important works, which will support the recovery of these iconic species and communities.

If you are a landholder that is interested, please contact Project Officer Cherie White (0427 407 126).

Safeguarding The Serpentinite

Riverina Local Land Services is working with landholders in the Coolac-Tumut region to help conserve a rare woodland.The Coolac-Tumut Serpentinite Shrubby Woodland is a highly restricted woodland found only in the South West slopes. This woodland is home to a rare assemblage of native plants and animals and has recently been listed as an endangered ecological community (EEC). The Coolac-Tumut Serpentinite Shrubby Woodland is associated with soils from the Coolac Serpentinite geology. These soils are relatively rich in magnesium and iron and poor in calcium and potassium, inhibiting the growth of some plant species. Many of the plant species found in this woodland are highly susceptible to grazing especially when immature. Continual grazing by livestock are preventing these species from naturally regenerating causing the woodland to further decline. Riverina Local Land Services is working with landholders to take positive actions to protect and restore this unique woodland.

Incentives are on offer to landholders to assist with overstorey revegetation and improved grazing management.

If you are a landholder that is interested, please contact Project Officer Cherie White (0427 407 126).

National Landcare Program

We also have four projects in the Riverina region funded by the Australian Government's National Landcare Program. Click here to read about those.

Bushfire erosion video series

To help land managers deal with erosion after fires, Murray and Riverina Local Land Services have collaborated with Soil Conservation Service, North East Catchment Management Authority and Agriculture Victoria to prepare three short, informative videos. Click here for the videos and helpful resources.

For further information on any of the projects or programs listed contact your nearest office on 1300 795 299.

Reconnecting River Country Program

Local Land Services, in partnership with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s Water Infrastructure NSW and Environment, Energy and Science will work with landholders and communities across the southern Basin to implement the Reconnecting River Country Program (the program).

Read more about the Reconnecting River Country Program.