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Environmental funding for Mallee Farmers

TOTAL of 25 Mallee landholders will complete important on-farm environmental works at nearly 50 sites across the region, thanks to grants delivered through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

Environmental funding for Mallee Farmers

Stock containment area in the Mallee

Farmers will complete dune reclamation work, undertake salinity plantings and build stock containment areas to help deliver on-farm environmental improvements.

The grants were supported by the Mallee Catchment Management Authority (CMA), through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

In the Mallee CMA region, $130,573 will be distributed to the 25 landholders for:

  • 9 dune reclamations
  • 7 salinity plantings
  • 20 stock containment areas

Mallee CMA chairperson Sharyon Peart said a good spread of applications was received from across the Mallee.

“We found a lot of interest in dune reclamations because that work reduces the severity of wind erosion events, brings areas of farm land back into production and delivers real on-ground benefits in terms of farming efficiency and soil health,” Ms Peart said.

“The rise in the number of stock containment areas funded also reflects what is happening on-farm, with the reintroduction of sheep to Mallee farming systems.

“While farmers are keen to diversify their farming operations it’s really pleasing that they’re considering the impact of the changes they are making, and prepared to make the on-farm improvements that are needed to maintain groundcover.”

The Australian Government is investing $1 billion to help support better natural resource management across Australia through the National Landcare Programme. This includes more than $450 million directed in regional funding through to Australia’s 56 natural resource management organisations.

 

For more information about the National Landcare Programme go to www.nrm.gov.au

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