Rural landscape program

The rural landscape program is a joint initiative between South East Local Land Services and WaterNSW (formerly Sydney Catchment Authority).

The program is aimed at providing funding assistance to land managers for a range of land and water management practices. This is achieved by protecting and improving water quality within targeted Sydney drinking water catchment areas.

The program is funded by WaterNSW and Catchment Action NSW.

Erosion control practices

Funding is available for a range of on-ground works designed to control gully erosion and stream bed/bank erosion. Project activities may include soil conservation earthworks, streambed and bank protection works, fencing of vulnerable areas, and alternate stock water supply.

Works are generally complemented with the regeneration of existing native vegetation and revegetation. Projects will be subject to an on-site assessment to determine eligibility.

Read more about channel and gully erosion or download the Gully Erosion Guide.

Riparian management practices

Funding is available for the provision of fencing materials, native trees and shrubs, alternate stock water, stock crossings and minor erosion control activities which will result in the protection and enhancement of native riparian areas. To be eligible for funding all projects must include waterway fencing that controls stock access with a minimum setback average of 10 metres from the top of the bank (this may be varied to deal with geographic constraints).

Minimum numbers of stock are required for a project to be eligible for funding.

Grazing practices

Funding is available for the provision of permanent stock-proof fencing to manage land within its capability with the objective to maintain ground cover. Alternate stock water supplies will be funded where stock water access has been cut off. Each project must influence an area of at least 20 hectares of grazing land. Landholders must have demonstrated capacity to implement grazing management practices to promote long term pasture and soil health.

Eligibility for funding must be demonstrated by completion of training in courses such as LANDSCAN TM, PROGRAZE TM, or equivalent, or successful participation and achievement in past incentive programs relevant to these objectives.

Participants should also have a property management Plan or demonstrate their commitment to preparing such a plan. Properties which are not running stock are not eligible for funding.

Minimum numbers of stock are required for a project to be eligible for funding.

Further information

South East Local Land Services will provide support to landholders in project development. Landholders will be expected to enter into a 10 year management agreement and will be required to undertake agreed management activities relevant to the funding they receive. All works associated with the project must be completed within an 18 month period. Landowner co-contributions for Riparian and Grazing projects are expected to match the level of public investment through a cash or labour contribution.

Eligibility for incentive projects will be considered based on:

  1. the landholder’s ability to meet any matching criteria for funding provided
  2. any training completed and/or plans prepared that may assist the landholder in overall property management
  3. the landholder’s ability to complete necessary works within an agreed time frame
  4. the landholder’s willingness to maintain and monitor project sites
  5. the value of the projects compared to water quality priorities.

South East Local Land Services is committed to the protection of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage. All project applications are assessed to determine if a known (registered) Aboriginal site is in close proximity to the project site.  In the instances where this occurs, South East Land Services Aboriginal officer will inspect the project site to ensure that the proposed activities do not impact on Aboriginal Cultural Heritage.

Registration of interest

We are in receipt of a high number of Registrations of Interest for our Program, which appears to be in response to the extraordinary conditions experienced since November 2019 (bushfires, heavy rainfall and flooding). As a result of the high level of interest current Registrations of Interest will close from 3 September 2020.

New Registrations of Interest will be accepted and considered as part of Round 2 funding (subject to funding availability). To register your interest or to find out more please contact your area officer on the details below.


Palerang: Andy Taylor, 02 4842 2594

Goulburn/Southern Highlands: Jacqueline Holland, 02 4824 1911.

Post fire recovery

The following factsheets provide a summary of post fire recovery for small scale erosion control.

  1. Types of erosion and their impacts
  2. Erosion control techniques
  3. Ground cover management
  4. Monitoring
  5. Safety responsibilities and legislation.

The following videos, developed by our colleagues at Murray Local Land Services provide advice on managing post fire landscapes.

  1. Landscape scale erosion
  2. Farm scale erosion
  3. Small scale erosion.

A look back at a past project: