Projects and programs
We support local people to improve the health and productivity of their area.
Western Weed Management Program
Landholders wanting to make a difference with regards to controlling invasive species are encouraged to apply for funding that is available through the Western Weed Management Program.
The funding seeks to improve and sustain the condition of natural resources in the Western region through control measures for invasive species, specifically African Boxthorn, which threatens the condition of the Coolibah Black-Box Endangered Ecological Community.
African Boxthorn is an aggressive invader of pastures, roadsides, reserves, remnant bushland and waterways. It forms an impenetrable, spiny thicket that inhibits the movement of stock and provides a haven for feral animals.
Landholders interested in participing in the program are encouraged to read the guidelines prior to applying:
For further information contact Senior Land Services Officer, Brian Dohnt on (02) 6836 1575 or via email.
2018 Western Water Point Exclusion - Pilot Program
Landholders in the Western region have a great opportunity to participate in a pilot program that aims to achieve multiple outcomes with regards to pest animals, biosecurity, animal welfare and total grazing pressure management.
The 2018 Western Water Point Exclusion Pilot Program will look to assess the viability of water point exclusion as a means of managing pest and native animals, which in turn will improve biosecurity and animal welfare while allowing landholders to more effectively rest native pastures for both long term production and landscape health.
Activities eligible for funding include fencing ground tanks with multi-species exclusion fencing and replacing troughs with fully enclosed concrete troughs. This allows access to open waters to be restricted and troughs to be turned off without risk of damage from animals.
Being a pilot program, funding is limited and on ground works will be highly targeted with the outcomes from this project to inform future program management.
Landholders interested in participating in the program are encouraged to read the guidelines prior to applying:
Applications will be competitively assessed. Expressions of interest close on Friday, 7 December 2018.
For further information contact Senior Land Services Officer, Mitch Plumbe on (08) 8082 5204 or via email.
Small Grants for Rangeland Rehabilitation
We are calling for applications from landholders who wish to receive funding to carry out soil erosion control works.
The funding seeks to improve and sustain the condition of natural resources in the Western region, with a specific focus on rehabilitating the Coolibah Black-Box Woodland which is an Endangered Ecological Community.
Some of the activities that would be eligible for funding include:
- waterponding – water sitting within the pond causes the clays to swell and crack and start the recovery process
- waterspreading – used on low slope country to spread and disperse runoff
- countour furrowing – earthworks used on degraded ridge country to capture moisture, seed, litter and soil
- erosion control along linear infrastructure – reinstating the direction of natural water flows to limit erosion around infrastructure such as tracks and fence lines.
Potential applicants should be aware that projects must be located within the priority investment area. This area roughly follows the northern rivers of the Western region, following the Darling river through to the Murray river.
Potential applicants are advised to read the program guidelines prior to applying:
Applications will be competitively assessed with expressions of interest closing on Friday, 7 December 2018.
For further information contact Senior Land Services Officer, Paul Theakston on (02) 6836 1575 or via email.
Key Investment Priorities
The key areas for investment, through on-ground works and training, are:
Productive industries and adaptable, connected communities
- adaptable and resilient land managers
- sustainable and productive agricultural industry
- Aboriginal people connected to country, culture and heritage.
Healthy and resilient landscapes and aquatic systems
- healthy and resilient landscapes
- healthy and resilient aquatic systems.
Adaptive governance, decision making and management
Western Catchment Action Plan
The key investment priorities were developed with considerably input from local communities through the development of the 2013-2023 Western Catchment Action Plan (CAP). The CAP provides direction for natural resource management in the Western Local Land Services region.