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Incentives for Riverina landholders

Landholders in the Riverina have until November 16 to submit expressions of interest to work alongside Riverina Local Land Services on the Improving Natural Landscapes project.

Incentives are now available for fencing out existing patches of remnant vegetation, revegetation to create new wildlife corridors and the protection and rehabilitation of gullies, creeks and riparian zones.

The project focuses on a range of restoration activities that protect and restore threatened species and ecological communities across the Riverina, said Team Leader Natural Resource Management Mark Leary.

“Many parts of the Riverina region have been developed for broadacre farming, but good quality remnant native vegetation is still present, often on private land. It’s important that we manage and enhance these areas for future generations,” he said.

“Landholders who we’ve worked with before often have plans to improve their native vegetation but they aren’t sure how to go about it. If you do take part in a project like this we provide advice and assistance from start to finish.”

Other priority projects that will be rolled out across the Riverina include a creek catchment project near Adjungbilly which aims to improve habitat for endangered species and ecological communities, and a squirrel glider project which will help improve breeding and foraging habitat through the planting of new corridors and protection of core breeding habitat.

“Some of these projects have very specific areas so I urge any landholders interested in working with us to contact us to see if they are able to apply,” Mr Leary said.

For full information on available 2018/19 incentive funding (including project area maps and eligibility criteria) click here.

Expressions of interest (EOI) for these projects open on November 1 and close November 16. EOIs are to be completed online or contact Mark Leary on 0427 043 311.

Improving Natural Landscapes and Saving Our Squirrel Gliders are both supported by Riverina Local Land Services through funding from Catchment Action NSW. Adjungbilly Creek Catchment – Save our Species has been assisted by the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust.

Media contact: Simone Norrie – Riverina Local Land Services – 0419 648 813