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Grant Funding Available

More than $1.3 million in grant funding is on offer to landholders and community groups in the Western Local Region for fencing and erosion control projects.

As part of its annual grants program, Local Land Services Western Region is calling for Expressions of Interest for fencing works that improve total grazing pressure and river banks.

Projects that improve rangeland areas by using ponding banks and other erosion control measures will also be funded.

Team Leader Land Services, Andrew Hull said interested land managers should complete the one-page expression of interest by 5pm on Friday 17 October to be eligible for funding.

"This is the first major round of funding since the formation of Local Land Services Western Region and we are keen for the community to take advantage of this opportunity," Mr Hull said.

"The funding is focused on total grazing pressure management through fencing, riparian fencing and rangeland rehabilitation.

"The Expression of Interest is the first step in the funding process and we will allocate a staff member to work with each applicant to help them with their final application by mid-November.

"We are looking for simple projects that can be completed by May next year."

Mr Hull said one of the aims of this project was to control total grazing pressure by fencing out all grazing animals.

"Total grazing pressure fencing gives land managers more control over how pastures and groundcover are used," he said.

"Fencing off watercourses and wetlands and providing alternative watering points also allows land manager to restrict stock movements and protect waterways."

All grant funding will be offered on a cost share basis and successful applicants will enter into a 15-year contract with Local Land Services.

Land managers can download an Expression of Interest form from the website or talk to the staff at your local office.

Media contact:          Donna Ambler 0400 258 690 or Andrew Hull 02 6870 8624 | 0427 919 964