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New funding available for Millewa farmers

A NEW tender program will invest more than $1 million in the region to help northern-Mallee farmers tackle weeds and control pest animals in areas of native vegetation.

New funding available for Millewa farmers

Fencing

Under the Northern Mallee Habitat Tender, funding will be rolled out over five years to help farmers conduct weed and pest animal control within areas of native vegetation; fence  off native vegetation from stock; plant native trees and shrubs; and establish conservation covenants.

The tender program will be delivered by the Mallee Catchment Management Authority (CMA), which is funded by the Victorian Government through the Victorian Environmental Partnerships Program.

“Landholders taking part in the tender will have the flexibility to nominate how much they want to be paid for undertaking works on their farms, with funding to be awarded to proposals that represent best environmental value for money,” Mallee CMA Chair Sharyon Peart said.

“The tender program aims to protect habitat for native plants and animals by reducing threats such as rabbits, weeds and stock grazing.”

The tender is targeted to farmland in the northern and south-western areas of the Millewa. Anyone who manages land in the target area is eligible to apply.

To take part in the tender program, local farmers need to lodge an Expressions of Interest.

To find out more, or to submit an Expression of Interest contact Mallee CMA Project Officer Jennifer McCamley on 5051 4346 or visit the Mallee CMA website at www.malleecma.vic.gov.au

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