$150,000 in sustainable agriculture grants open to ACT’s rural landholders

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Field of canola near Canberra, ACT.
Field of canola near Canberra, ACT.
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The $150,000 in grants to ACT farmers announced in early September 2016 forms part of the federal government’s National Landcare Programme.

 

According to Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Luke Hartsuyker and Deputy Chief Minister Simon Corbell, the new grant scheme will help to realise achieve one of the Programme’s central aims: to foster practical solutions that produce measurable positive outcomes.

“The Australian Government’s $1 billion National Landcare Programme includes a powerful commitment to regional funding for natural resource management across every jurisdiction in the nation,” Minister Hartsuyker said.

“In the four years to 2017-18, that includes over $4.6 million in funding for the ACT – or around $1.1 million in 2016-17 alone.

“It is an investment that provides ACT farmers with the opportunity to build the unique local knowledge and skills required to improve productivity and drive better environmental outcomes across the territory’s $7.8 million agriculture sector,” he said.

ACT Deputy Chief Minister Simon Corbell urged eligible landholders to apply, contending, “These grants not only support our rural landholders, they also benefit the broader community by building resilient farming lands which produce clean water, support biodiversity and support sustainable food production.”

What kind of projects are eligible?

Examples of projects that would be eligible for funding under the ACT Rural Grants Program include:

  • the construction or relocation of farm fencing and the provision of an alternate stock water supply to protect river banks and/or reduce the risk of erosion and weeds through improved grazing management;
  • collaborative cross-property projects which address shared issues such as weeds or pest animals; and
  • projects that improve the management of native vegetation, including the protection of isolated paddock trees to increase recruitment of seedlings and improve farm biodiversity.

“ACT rural landholders can also apply to receive natural-resource management advice to improve their farm management,” Corbell said. “They can then apply for funding to implement the advice they have received.”

Further information and grant applications

A grants program info session will be held from 5.30pm on Wednesday 21 September 2016 in the ground-floor conference room at Dame Pattie Menzies House, Dickson, in Canberra.

Grant applications close on Thursday 27 October 2016. For more information on the grant guidelines and/or to download application forms, visit the Australian Government Department of Environment site.  

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