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Grants and funding

We fund landholders, groups, organisations and individuals to improve their local environment by better managing our natural resources.

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Our funding programs

Healthy and diverse waterways and wetlands program

The healthy and diverse waterways and wetlands program aims to improve aquatic habitat and water quality through managing the direct impacts of grazing livestock on waterways.

Financial incentives, made available through the National Landcare Programme and Catchment Action NSW, are being offered to landholders in the Western region to work with Western Local Land Services to develop on-going management plans for riparian zones, including providing funds for infrastructure such as fences and off-stream water points.

Anyone who manages land within the Western region that adjoins or borders rivers, lakes, creeks and wetlands on floodplains are encouraged to apply.

The first step for landholders interested in applying is to read the 2017 Guidelines and Conditions (PDF 639KB).

Following this, landholders should contact their Western Local Land Services office to register their expression of interest, ensuring they have their contact details and holding name and number ready.  

Expressions of interest must be registered by 28 April 2017.

Following this, a Western Local Land Services staff member will be in contact to discuss project ideas and provide further information.

Contact your Western Local Land Services office for further information on the healthy and diverse waterways and wetlands program.

Western region small land management grants

Grants of up to $5,000 addressing the following investment themes have just become available:

  • training, education and community activities
  • weed management activities.

Note that the following financial limits apply to the small land management grants program:

  • individuals may receive a maximum of $5,000 per financial year. If you have successfully completed a project you may reapply if you have not reached individual limit.
  • groups may receive a maximum of $5,000 per property involved per financial year. If a group has successfully completed a project they may reapply to the funding category if the group has not reached the limit.

Training, education and community activities

Training activities: funding for individuals or groups to attend or arrange training related to natural resource management (NRM) practices. This activity is about achieving a positive change in land management.

Educational activities: funding for education providers to conduct a NRM activity with their students. This activity is about raising awareness of NRM issues in the community.

Community activities: funding for groups to conduct a NRM activity or to support a community event with a NRM theme. This activity is about raising awareness of NRM issues in the community.

Weed management activities

The Western Region weed management program provides grants to individuals, groups and organisations to undertake weed control projects that focus on slowing the spread and reducing the presence of invasive weed species in the Western Region.

Application process:

Programs are continually open for applications until funding allocations are exhausted. Applications will be assessed monthly.

Application form for training activities (DOC 335KB)

Application form for education activities (DOC 332KB)

Application form for community activities (DOC 332KB)

Application form for weed management (DOC 332KB)

Revised guidelines for training, education and community activities (DOC 342KB)

Revised guidelines for weed management activities (PDF 1172 KB)

For further information, contact the grant managers:

  • training and communities - Kyra Roach (02) 6870 8626
  • education activities - Kaye Gottschutzke (03) 5021 9409
  • weed management - Mitch Plumbe (08) 8082 5204

2017 Total Grazing Pressure Projects - revision and re-assessment of 2016 projects

The key to managing semi-arid rangelands sustainably is keeping adequate levels of groundcover, especially perennial plants. To do this, landholders need adequate control of grazing pressure from unmanaged animals such as goats and kangaroos as well as domestic stock.

The 2017 Incentives Program provides funding for Total Grazing Pressure (TGP) Projects – as an incentive – for landholders to more effectively manage total grazing pressure on their property to achieve increased groundcover, better habitat and more sustainable production. By using fencing to restrict unmanaged grazers, then implementing improved management systems, landholders can significantly enhance the condition of native vegetation and reduce erosion on their property. This in turn, contributes to the sustainability of their enterprise.

The control of unmanaged grazing by goats through TGP standard fencing has additional benefits. The fencing significantly reduces the movement of kangaroos and deters the passage of wild dogs and feral pigs. Drought resilience increases as pasture condition improves. The management of domestic stock is also easier as TGP fencing reduces the potential transmission of diseases, parasites or unwanted bloodlines across paddock boundaries.

A key component of the Incentives Program is that all projects must be managed, through a contract agreement, for a period of ten years.

The funding is provided on a co-contribution basis. This means that Local Land Services Western Region will fund a portion of the total costs at a set rate per kilometre.

There is no limit to the scale of projects however requests of a Local Land Services Western Region contribution greater than $50,000 will be heavily scrutinised. Note that the investment per hectare will be taken into account and applications where this is high compared to the average will be penalised in the assessment phase.

See Relevant Documents at the bottom of this page for more information.

2016 Incentives Program

Applications have closed for the 2016 Incentives Program.

The 2016 Incentives Program provided funding for two types of projects:

  1. Total Grazing Pressure Projects – to install pre-fabricated mesh or electric fencing to enclose paddocks or larger areas to manage all sources of grazing pressure.
  2. Riparian Projects – to install pre-fabricated mesh fencing to restrict grazing pressure and pests along sensitive river corridors, creeks or around wetlands and establish alternative watering points.

Relevant documents