Assitance for landholders in improving water quality

August 14, 2011

Upper Gwydir Landcare Association, GWYMAC Landcare and Border Rivers-Gwydir CMA have formed a partnership to assist landholders in the Myall Creek and Inverell Sub catchment to improve water quality through eligible farm based projects. They are now calling for applications.

Eligible projects include (but are not limited to):

  • Fencing off streams and rivers and Off-stream watering points including troughs and poly pipe.
  • Gully erosion control – Reducing sediment entering streams / rivers- Improving groundcover percentages.
  • Fencing paddocks to land capability, for example soil type.
  • Planting native seedlings
  • Salinity control and point-source pollution

Eligible projects must fence watercourse on both sides. Boundary fences are not eligible. Erosion works will be implemented by Soil Conservation Services. Broad-scale earthworks such as contour banks are not eligible.

Talk to your neighbours. Projects that extend across more than 1 property are encouraged. As limited funds are available under this program, applicants are encouraged to make their applications competitive, with a budget based on market rates.

Minimum landholder contribution to the project is 40% – this may be through cash or in-kind contributions, such as labour or equipment use. Projects are required to be completed by June 2012, so projects must be realistic and feasible.

Funds for the works will be distributed no later than December 2011.Successful applicants will be required to enter into a Management Agreement with Border Rivers-Gwydir CMA and a Financial Agreement with their Landcare Network.

Contact GWYMAC Landcare (Inverell) – Sarah Legge or Fiona Adams 67211241 or Upper Gwydir Landcare Association (Bingara) – Frances Young or Brooke Kelly 6724 2052

Applications must be received before close of business on Wednesday August 31 2011.