$1.7 million Grants program now open for Hunter land managers

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Landholders and land managers can apply for grants to improve the sustainability and productivity of land in the region, with applications for the 2017-18 Hunter Land Management Grants now open.

Landholders and land managers across the Upper Hunter, Lower Hunter and Manning Great Lakes districts are invited to apply for grant funding to deliver on-ground projects and implement changed management practices in priority areas.

General Manager Brett Miners encouraged landholders and land managers to apply for funds, with $1.7 million in grants being offered throughout the region.

“Hunter Local Land Services works closely with landholders and land managers to identify the agricultural and natural resource management issues facing our region and to establish what work is needed to address them,” Mr Miners said.

“We are offering a range of grants for landholders in priority areas which support the implementation of sustainable agriculture practices and enhance native and riparian vegetation management,” Mr Miners said.

The grants programs are delivered by Hunter Local Land Services through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme, Catchment Action NSW, Hunter Catchment Contributions and Hunter Water Corporation.

“The Australian and NSW Governments make a significant investment to support landholders and land managers to improve the sustainability and productivity of their land and safeguard our local environment for the future,” Mr Miners said.

Grants are on offer to support eligible applicants to:

  • Implement sustainable grazing and land management practices within commercial beef, dairy, sheep and poultry enterprises
  • Enhance the condition of riparian, estuarine, and remnant native vegetation by managing stock impacts and reducing threats from invasive species.

“Landholders play a vital role in land management efforts. By working in partnership with them, we are improving land productivity while also protecting and enhancing native vegetation and habitat for threatened species across the Hunter.”

Eligibility criteria and guidelines apply. Applications close on 28 August 2017. Grant applicants require assistance from Hunter Local Land Services staff prior to submission. Requests for assistance must be lodged by 1 August 2017.

“Applying for grants can be a daunting process, and we encourage landholders to contact our staff who are available and willing to assist landholders with applications. To maximise the return on investment from public funds, we have prioritised areas and issues in the region; your local staff member can provide more details on these.”

Further information about the grants programs is available from the Hunter Local Land Services website at www.hunter.lls.nsw.gov.au or contact your Local Land Services office.