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Grants and funding

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

Plains-wanderer habitat protection program

This program seeks to improve the current knowledge of the plains-wanderer and improve the bird's habitat by implementing various natural resource management measures. Incentives are available to individuals, groups and organisations wanting to participate in protecting the Plains-wanderer and improving their habitat in certain areas within the Western Local Land Services region.

Funding to assist with weed (boxthorn) and pest animal (fox and rabbit) control activities is available for eligible participants, and can be used for:

  • labour
  • machinery (at market cost)
  • purchase of herbicide
  • contractor services (such as warren ripping).

Anyone interested in applying are asked to read the guidelines prior to submitting an application.

Applications close Friday 9 October. For further information contact Land Services Officer, Andrea Cashmere on 0417 050 138 or email. This program is funded through Catchment Action NSW.

Background information on the Plains-wanderer

The Plains-wanderer is a small ground dwelling bird found in sparse native grasslands. Little is known about the Plains-wanderer population in Western NSW. This fussy bird has very specific habitat requirements. The Plains-wanderer is listed as Critically Endangered at a national level, which means it is in danger of becoming extinct.

Fish friendly screens in the Lower Darling River project

Please note: expressions of interest are now closed for this project.

Local irrigators along the Darling River from the Ellerslie settlement to the junction with the Murray River at Wentworth have a fantastic opportunity to participate in a project that will save the lives of native fish while improving water quality delivered to the property.

The Fish Friendly Screens in the Lower Darling River project provides funding support to irrigators for the installation of a fish friendly screen on their pump intake. By implementing a diversion screen at the pump intake, irrigators can ensure native fish populations are sustained while the screen will also stop any floating weed or debris entering the pump.

***Click here*** to see a short video of a diversion screen in place and the benefits that have been forthcoming from it.

Fish friendly screens do not slow the rate in which water is pumped while the screens also protect the pump from clogging, thus minimising wear and tear.

For further information contact Senior Land Services Officer Kaye Gottschutzke on 0429 981 331 or email.

This project is supported by Western Local Land Services through Catchment Action NSW funding.   

Aboriginal cultural heritage projects guide

As a part of any project, Western Local Land Services must ensure that landholders participating in a project are aware of their responsibilities.

The below two-page resource gives landholders an overview of what is involved in assessing for Aboriginal cultural heritage values, what role our staff play, what will be included in the process and what is not included.


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Landholders have a wonderful opportunity to receive assistance to participate in or run a training activity relevant to biosecurity, agriculture or natural resource management.