Fencing Northern Basin Riverbanks Program

The Fencing Northern Basin Riverbanks Program in NSW provides practical support for landholders to protect valuable ecological sites and improve native fish habitat across the northern Basin.

Other eligible activities under the program include off-stream stock watering points, control of exotic woody weeds, minor erosion control works, revegetation and river re-snagging to protect native fish and contribute to a healthier river system.

Funding is available for eligible landholders, community groups and Aboriginal land managers to implement on-ground projects.

Fencing Northern Basin Riverbanks


Submit your Expression of Interest

Round two expressions of interests close on 26 August 2022.

The program is being rolled out across five Local Land Services regions in the NSW northern Murray-Darling Basin:

  • Central Tablelands
  • Central West
  • Northern Tablelands
  • North West
  • Western.

Download and read the Project Guidelines PDF, 902.33 KB and factsheet PDF, 1475.86 KB for more information.

Complete your Round two expression of interest

Grants under the NSW Fencing Northern Riverbanks Program are assessed against the eligibility criteria in the order they are received.


About the Fencing Northern Basin Riverbanks Program

The Australian Government has committed up to $7.5 million for the delivery of the Fencing Northern Basin Riverbanks Program in NSW until June 2023. The program is being delivered by Local Land Services in collaboration with landholders and land managers along the Murray-Darling Basin to protect the sensitive environmental areas of our rivers, creeks and wetlands through incentives grants to deliver works such as fencing and minor erosion control to reduce the impact of livestock on these areas while also improving stock access to water supplies through installing troughs and tanks.

The northern Murray-Darling Basin is home to a network of rivers and wetlands that support a unique mix of ecosystems and Australian wildlife. These ecosystems have evolved over thousands of years in response to the seasonal rainfall and flow patterns that feed the creeks, rivers and wetlands of the region.

Healthy riparian zones support a high diversity of plant and animal life and are a key component of healthy ecosystems. They help maintain bank stability, increase productivity, and help reduce runoff from sedimentation and agricultural chemical into waterways which promotes cleaner water, helps to reduce water temperature and improves native fish outcomes.

Who is eligible to apply for a grant?

Grants under the Fencing Northern Basin Riverbanks program are available to land holders and land managers in northern Murray-Darling Basin including individuals, groups, Aboriginal organisations, non-government organisations, not for-profit organisations, and local government and state government agencies (excluding core functions of government agencies).

What can the incentive grant money be used for?

Funding under the Fencing Northern Basin Riverbanks Program in NSW is available for on-ground projects that help to protect the sensitive environmental areas in riparian zones which will help us to improve native fish habitat.

Eligible activities may include fencing of riparian zones (including the development of a grazing management plan), off-stream stock watering points if required to compensate for loss of access to stock water supplies from the river, exotic woody weed control, revegetation works, and minor erosion control.

NSW Fencing Northern Basin Riverbanks Program Target River Reaches.


Contact your local team

For more information on the Fencing Northern Basin Riverbanks project or to discuss your expression of interest, contact your regional team.

Central Tablelands

Tim Nalder, Land Services Officer NRM
M: 0438 224 536    
E: tim.nalder@lls.nsw.gov.au

Central West

Dominic Nowlan, Senior Land Services Officer
M: 0409 915 695
E: dominic.nowlan@lls.nsw.gov.au

Libby McIntyre, Land Services Officer
M: 0429019309
E: libby.mcintyre@lls.nsw.gov.au

Northern Tablelands

Andrew Walsh, Senior Land Services Officer
M: 0427 433 317
E: andrew.walsh@lls.nsw.gov.au

North West

Pippa Jones, Senior Land Services Officer NRM
M: 0427 454 795 
E: pip.jones@lls.nsw.gov.au

Western

Michelle Kelly, Program Manager, Fencing Northern Basin Riverbanks Program
M: 0437 424 851
E: michelle.kelly@lls.nsw.gov.au

Brian Dohnt, A/Team Leader, Land Services
M: 0455 901 258
E: brain.dohnt@lls.nsw.gov.au


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To receive program updates, including information on funding opportunities for landholders and community groups, contact Local Land Services by emailing northernbasin.fencing@lls.nsw.gov.au or contact your local LLS office.

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