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Landholders encouraged to apply for funding to improve riparian zones

Landholders in the Western region have a great opportunity to make improvements to creeks, rivers, wetlands and floodplains that are on or run through their properties by applying for funding that is available through the healthy and diverse waterways and wetlands program.

The program, which has been organised by Western Local Land Services, aims to improve aquatic habitat and water quality through managing the direct impacts of grazing livestock on waterways.

Western Local Land Services hopes the work undertaken will ultimately lead to healthier riparian zones, which will provide several benefits to landholders and the environment including:

  • erosion control
  • flood and sediment control
  • high water quality
  • creation of habitat and shading
  • natural filtration of runoff waters.

Western Local Land Services Team Leader of Land Services, Ben Slingsby wants all landholders to take advantage of this funding opportunity.

“We are offering financial incentives to landholders to work with us to develop on-going management plans for riparian zones in our region,” Mr Slingsby said.

“This includes providing funds for infrastructure such as fences and off-stream water points.

“We are calling for anyone who manages land within the Western region that adjoins or borders rivers, lakes, creeks and wetlands on floodplains to apply.”

The first step for landholders interested in applying is to read the 2017 Guidelines and Conditions. (PDF 639 KB)

Following this, landholders should contact their Western Local Land Services office to register their expression of interest, having their contact details and holding name and number available.  

Expressions of interest must be registered by 28 April 2017.

Following this, a Western Local Land Services staff member will be in contact to discuss project ideas and provide further information.

Contact your Western Local Land Services office for further information on the healthy and diverse waterways and wetlands program.

Funding for the healthy and diverse waterways and wetlands program was provided through the National Landcare Programme and Catchment Action NSW.

Media contact: Charlie Whiteley 0428 679 974.