Local Land Stewards Program

South East Local Land Services is offering incentives of approximately $10,000 to land managers for sustainable grazing management projects that increase groundcover and pasture biomass in the Hilltops (Boorowa), Upper Lachlan and Yass Valley Local Government Areas.

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The Local Land Stewards Program

The Local Land Stewards program will assist land managers increase their groundcover, herbage mass, pasture species diversity and percentage of perennial plants by improving their ability to manage their stock and rest pastures.

Increasing biomass, above and below ground leads to improvements in soil health, soil carbon and water infiltration. Many soil types in our area are highly erodible and prone to salinity. Increasing groundcover and deep rooted plants reduces these risks, protects our soils and waterways and prevents the need to remediate at a later date.

Giving pastures time to rest allows grasses to set seed and regenerate, increasing pasture species diversity. Increasing diversity increases resilience to changing weather and climate, can decrease weed invasion and provides a varied diet for livestock and wildlife including native birds.

Project requirements

Project site- We are looking to partner with land managers who have pastures in which they will significantly increase groundcover and biomass over the next 2 years. Local Land Services will offer a contribution to the cost of fencing materials and water infrastructure (with no more than 40% of LLS contribution to water infrastructure costs) to subdivide paddocks giving more control over grazing and the opportunity to rest pastures. The project site must not be improved to the detriment of the rest of the property.

Support - Participating land managers will be required to regularly attend and participate in a grazing group to discuss their own grazing management practices with peers and experts throughout the 2 year works period of the project.

Payments will be made in 2 installments; the first half of the LLS contribution will be paid upon signing of the contract. The second half will be paid 2 years later once managers have demonstrated that they have increased groundcover and biomass on the project site and have been participating in a grazing group.

More information and how to apply

Please note expressions of interest for 20/21 are now closed.

For more information contact Melissa Henry at melissa.henry@lls.nsw.gov.au (0438 452 109) or Miles Pendlebury at miles.pendlebury@lls.nsw.gov.au (0436 421 002).

This project is delivered by South East Local Land Services, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

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