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Video series to help grants applicants

In an innovative approach to supporting landholders, Local Land Services Western Region has produced a series of short videos to make the application process for more than $1.3 million in grant funding at lot easier.

Local Land Services Western Region staff were overwhelmed with expressions of interest from landholders and community groups who are interested in undertaking fencing and erosion control projects under the first major round of funding since the formation of Local Land Services.

With formal applications due by Friday 14 November, staff are now working with applicants and hope the videos will help clarify the process and shed some light on the risk assessment process and challenges people might not anticipate.

Manager Land Services – North, Russell Grant said the videos included a page-by-page overview of how to complete an application, as well as tips from landholders who received funding in the past.

"Thanks to the help of two very cooperative landholders, we have a series of three videos that cover the benefits and challenges of submitting grant funding applications," Mr Grant said.

"We have very tight timeframes for these projects to be completed, so it's important that landholders anticipate the challenges that they might come up against and be realistic in their timeframes."

The YouTube videos include case studies and advice from Dave and Rikki Allen of Nullagoola Station, near Cobar about their total grazing pressure fencing and erosion control projects, while Mick Davis of Myandetta Station, near Bourke, shows the regeneration work he is doing along riverbanks.

"In the past, we have held workshops to explain to applicants what we are looking for but that is a lot more time consuming and logistically challenging for everyone involved," Mr Grant said.

"This way, in less than 15 minutes people can gain an insight to what we expect and also spend time considering some of the benefits and pitfalls of the projects they are planning, as well as gaining a better understanding of the risk assessment process."

Only applicants who lodged an expression by 17 October will be eligible for funding. Each applicant will be allocated a staff member to help them finalise their application.

Funding for this program has been provided by the Australian and NSW Governments. All grants will be offered on a cost share basis and successful applicants will enter into a 15-year contract with Local Land Services.

The videos can be viewed from the Local Land Services Western Region YouTube channel:

Media contact:           Donna Ambler 0400 258 690  

                                    Russell Grant  02 6836 1575 / 0419 970 213