Funding available to help support our natural environments

South East Local Land Services has funding available, from the NSW Government under the Marine Estate Management Strategy and Catchment Action program, to eligible land managers from the Illawarra to the Shoalhaven, wanting to manage their land in a sustainable way for long term biodiversity, improved water quality and animal health.

“Much of the South Coast was affected by the southern fires and is in need of support” said South East Local Land Services’ Greg Tedder.

“We have funding available for land managers who are willing to undertake fencing, revegetation and works that protect or enhance native vegetation and water quality along waterways or remnant patches of endangered native bushland.”

Michael and Jane McDonald working on their property in the Kangaroo Valley

Michael and Jane McDonald of Kangaroo Valley have been involved with Local Land Services incentive programs since they purchased their property in 2017. The McDonald’s have made their property more resilient by removing weeds and revegetating key areas to protect gullies from erosion, build biodiversity on farm, improve water retention and provide cleaner water downstream.

“The grant program supported our goals of doing work that will be long lasting for the farm and the environment generally.” Michael said.

“In a short period of time, I have witnessed the revegetation take hold and begin to grow.

“The erosion points are beginning to heal, and I am seeing new plants, even a threatened species, and animals.

“It is very satisfying and personally enriching.”

The McDonald’s are demonstrating best practice land management by establishing the green infrastructure on farm before introducing stock. This is a win-win situation for the environment, local wildlife and for livestock health.

It also leaves a beautiful environment for the family to enjoy.

How to apply for funding to improve your property

If you are interested in protecting a coastal or estuarine area, or enhancing endangered native vegetation communities (for example rainforest), in the 2020-2021 financial year, please contact Greg Tedder on (02) 4464 6021 or email: greg.tedder@lls.nsw.gov.au, or Leesa Kelly, South East Local Land Services on (02) 4464 6023 or email: leesa.kelly@lls.nsw.gov.au.

Land managers whose property has been affected by bushfire are particularly encouraged to apply. Land managers in non-priority catchments could also be considered for funding where environmental and water quality benefits are demonstrated.

ENDS

Media contact: Dave Michael, Local Land Services, 0418 513 880

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