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Major grant funding program announced

Expressions of interest are now open for $2.7 million in funding to improve, rehabilitate and protect the Western Local Region. 

Local Land Services Western Region is looking for projects under its 2015 incentives program, which includes $1.5 million in National Landcare funding from the Australian Government and $1.2 million from Catchment Action NSW 

Western Local Board, Chairman Tom Hynes said this would be the first of four major rounds of incentives funding over the three next years. 

Expressions of interest are open until 5pm on Friday 10 July. 

Western Local Board Chair, Tom Hynes said the funding would be available for projects that improve grazing management, river corridors, wetlands and erosion control, as well as to preserve areas of significance and value to the community and for targeted Aboriginal land management projects. 

 "We are using this funding to make a serious improvement in the region and to encourage people to manage country smarter, not harder, by applying for grant funding to kick start projects that may only be in the ideas stage right now," Mr Hynes said. 

"There will be a number of opportunities to apply for funding over the next two to three years, but this is the first major round and we will be working with people over the coming months to develop their ideas into concrete grant applications. 

The incentives funding program continues to build on the work undertaken by local people in the past. 

"An 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 develop a final application," Mr Hynes said. 

"At this stage we only need one page of information to get people started, so even if what they have in mind is just an idea, they need to lodge an expression of interest so they have a chance of making it a reality." 

Since the inception of Local Land Services in January 2014, the Western Local Board has provided funding for 83 projects in the Western Local Region.  

"Significant on-ground works have already been undertaken in only 18 months, so just imagine what can be achieved in three years," Mr Hynes said. 

"Current improvement projects have resulted in nearly 7,000 ha of riverbank vegetation being protected by fencing, 76 km of streambank protected from stock while nearly 200,000 ha of country has been managed for sustainable grazing." 

The expressions of interest form can be downloaded from www.western.lls.nsw.gov.au and must be returned by 5pm on Friday 10 July 2015. Call 1300 795 299 to find out more. 

Media contact:
Donna Ambler 0400 258 690 
Tom Hynes 08 8088 7275  I  0438 887 275 (Please note SA time)