Rural Landholder Initiative grows with $100,000 boost

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Lismore City Council has received a $100,000 NSW Environmental Trust grant to expand on-ground activities in its successful Rural Landholder Initiative during 2018 and 2019.

The Rural Landholder Initiative is a key project in Council’s Biodiversity Management Strategy and includes on-ground environmental restoration, landholder field days and the development of key educational materials.

The grant will enable Council to expand its on-ground works over the next two years, with priority habitat restoration on at least 30 additional private properties within the Lismore Local Government Area.

An Expression of Interest for rural landholders to undertake projects in 2018 is now open, and interested landholders are encouraged to apply now that extra projects can be undertaken.

The grant funding will provide labour and materials to regenerate more than 50 hectares of high conservation value native vegetation, including endangered ecological communities, threatened species habitat and riparian land.

Methods will include weed control, off-stream stock watering and fencing systems, and the planting of 8,000 native trees.

Ten of the properties will then be showcased in future landholder field day events to demonstrate the rehabilitation techniques to more than 300 other rural landholders.

Council’s Environmental Strategies Officer Kate Steel said the Rural Landholder Initiative was already over-subscribed with interested landholders and the $100,000 is a very welcome addition.

“This will allow us to undertake works on many more properties and ensure those landholders who wish to conserve high conservation value habitat on their land have the support to do so,” she said.

“Right from the word go, we have been overwhelmed by the response from landholders to the Rural Landholder Initiative. Our local farmers and landholders are proud stewards of their land and want to see enhanced biodiversity and productivity.

"They see the value in improving their own property, and in turn helping to create corridors and habitat networks across the Local Government Area.

“This grant allows us to increase the areas we are covering and the landholders we are working with. All the Environmental Trust money will go into on-ground works with private rural landholders. It’s really very exciting.”

Successful projects will receive up to $10,000 in labour and materials to be matched in-kind by landholders.

The Rural Landholder Initiative Expression of Interest is open until 25 January 2018. For more information and to apply, please visit our Rural Landholder Initiative page.

Image: The home of Georgica landholders Ken Williams and Adrian George, champions in the Rural Landholder Initiative.

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