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Community Grants

The program

Our Community Grants program is aimed at supporting community and industry groups to carry out on-ground, capacity building, educational and other activities with a natural resource management (NRM), sustainable landscapes and agricultural focus.

This program is supported by Riverina Local Land Services through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Programme and Catchment Action NSW.

Successful applicants for 2016-17 funding round

Name of Project

Applicant

Amount approved

Brief description

Location

Precision Ag Expo

SPAA (Society of Precision Agriculture Australia)

$6,000

The Precision Agriculture (PA) EXPO will bring together farmers and advisors to learn of the practical applications of precision agriculture technologies on-farm. It will offer information on on-farm stewardship and soil health that result in improved land management practices.

Lockhart

Showcasing Innovation

Ricegrowers Association of Australia Inc

$14,500

The Showcasing Innovation project will follow on from two previous successful partnerships with Riverina Local Land Services Community Grants and will continue to improve the awareness, skills and capacity of irrigators to better manage their irrigation water resource.

The Rice Extension team are now established as providers of quality information, distributed widely in a timely manner, using practical language which enables the irrigator to adopt new practices in his own farming system.

The project will focus on the broad theme of irrigation water use efficiency which is a key component of ensuring long term environmental and business sustainability for irrigators in the Riverina.

Murrumbidgee and Coleambally  Irrigation Areas including the towns of Griffith, Yenda, Hay, Leeton, Yanco, Whitton, Coleambally, Darlington Point and their surrounding regions.

Riverina Dairy on the ground NRM outcomes with Fer$mart

Dairy NSW Ltd

$20,000

This Dairy-NRM project will build the capacity of dairy farmers and their local agronomists to best manage nutrients (fertiliser and effluent) to maximise on-farm nutrient use efficiency and deliver catchment scale benefits and off-farm outcomes.

Dairy Farms of the Riverina Local Land Services region

Utilising yield prophet to match crop inputs with potential yield in a given season

Harden Murrumburrah Landcare Group

$20,000

Establish a number of yield prophet sites throughout Harden, Galong, Young and Cootamundra areas on different soil types to provide famers and consultants with real-time information about their crops, providing integrated production risk advice and monitoring decision support relevant to farm management.

Harden, Galong, Young and Cootamundra

Regeneration of Tharbogang environmental Reserve

Murrumbidgee Landcare Association Inc

$19,388

The key project objective is the regeneration of valuable ecological communities through undertaking revegetation of native trees and shrubs local to the site, accompanied by noxious and environmental weed control and exclusion fencing to protect the area.

Tharbogang Environmental Reserve

Bland Shire - Small Environmental Projects Fund for Environmental Liasion Committee

Bland Shire Council

$5,000

The Small Environmental Projects Fund would provide kick-start/seed funding to encourage groups to undertake projects/works that improve, enhance or protect the environment or that educate the wider community about natural resource management issues or projects.

Bland Shire local government area

Provision of Hollows for Homes across the mid-Murrumbidgee

Murrumbidgee Landcare Association Inc

$18,700

Approximately 46 species of animals and 81 species of birds need hollows for shelter or breeding in NSW. Wide-spread tree clearing has resulted in a “housing shortage”.

There is a need to improve habitat for a wide range of important animal and bird species across the mid-Murrumbidgee. It takes a long time to grow a hollow however intervention in the form of installing nesting boxes can provide a tool to mitigate the historic losses of the past in the short-term.

Raising awareness and promoting the importance hollows provides a tool to mitigate the historic losses of the past for the long-term. This project will:

  • provide habitat for a wide range of important animal species including, but not limited to, squirrel glider, superb parrot and microbats
  • raise awareness and promote the value of natural hollows for biodiversity
  • facilitate a coordinated approach to get various Landcare groups to work together to achieve landscape scale outcomes
  • facilitate increased adoption of sustainable practices to conserve and protect remnant trees and hollows.

This project will use lessons from past projects and expert guidance for the correct design and placement of all nest boxes across the mid-Murrumbidgee.

Coolamon, Cootamundra, Eastern Riverina,  Junee, Wagga Wagga, Tarcutta and Kyeamba

Connecting biodiverse habitats in Coolamon

Coolamon Landcare Group

$15,010

The key objectives of this project are to implement direct on-ground action to:

  • improve native vegetation corridor networks between the Kindra State Forest and the Coolamon TSR wetland
  • improve the condition of aquatic environments, which provide feeding, breeding and nesting opportunities for waterbirds, frogs and fish
  • increase flora and fauna diversity and interactions.

The connectivity created through this project will be of great importance in promoting the ongoing self-regeneration of natural ecosystems, and in allowing the movement of fauna between patches for foraging and breeding at high conservation value sites.

Coolamon travelling stock reserve

Conservation and Cultural burns - using fire as a management tool

Wagga Wagga City Council

$16,855

The project has both training and on ground components. The Rural Fire Service training is a face to face course which begins with an introductory session, then covers first attack firefighting, bushfire behaviour and the use of equipment.

These are then integrated with emergency care, communications, team work and knowledge of conducting cultural burns. This is followed up with two days of field work surveying vegetation and identification of native plants, at Birramal Conservation Area and the Bomen Axe Quarry.

The skills and knowledge learnt from the training will then be implemented by undertaking a cultural burn at each site. It is envisioned that the skills and knowledge that the participants gain from this project can be utilised to continue these types of activities into the future, either as a stand alone business or as consultants working for Wagga Wagga City Council.

Birramal Conservation Area and Bomen Axe Quarry

For further information contact Allie Hendy on 6951 2751 or allie.hendy@lls.nsw.gov.au