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New incentives for farmers to protect Mallee soils

Farmers can now apply for funding to tackle environmental issues on their properties under the 2011-12 Mallee Land Protection Incentive Scheme (LPIS).

New incentives for farmers to protect Mallee soils

On ground works carried out through the Mallee Land Protection Incentive Scheme.

The incentive scheme is available to Victorian Mallee dryland farmers who want to undertake on-ground works such as salinity control measures, building stock containment areas or dune reclamation works.

The 2011-12 Mallee LPIS is offered by the Mallee Catchment Management Authority (CMA) in partnership with the Department of Primary Industries (DPI), with funding provided by the Australian Government's Caring for our Country and the Victorian Government.

Mallee CMA chairperson Sharyon Peart said the scheme is beneficial to famers and assists them to improve and protect our environment.

"The funding landholders will receive under this scheme encourages the on-ground works on private land to promote the protection and rehabilitation of our region,” Ms Peart said.

“The eligible activities to receive funding through this important incentive program will help to reduce soil loss and improve soil health, manage soil salinity, control grazing pressures to protect vegetation cover and restore the productive capacity of soil.”

Applications for the 2011-12 Mallee Land Protection Incentive Scheme close on Wednesday, August 31st 2011.

Field days will be conducted by DPI during August at Carwarp, Underbool, Waitchie and Lascelles, providing further information about the on-ground works local farmers can complete through the LPIS, such as stock containment areas, salinity control works, dune reclamation.

Famers will also have the chance to hear from one of Australia’s top sheep nutritionists, San Jolly, who will speak about how to manage a saline area and the benefits of stock containment areas.

To receive an expression of interest form or for further information about the field days, contact Jodie Price on (03) 5051 4359; via email to jodie.price@dpi.vic.gov.au or by visiting the Mallee CMA's "Grants and Incentives" page on the website.


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