Grants to improve farm sustainability in the Wheatbelt

Waterways Officer Brendan Imms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grants to improve farm sustainability in the Wheatbelt Community landcare groups are being encouraged to access funding to help protect the Wheatbelt’s natural resources, including farmland. The Australian government’s Community Landcare Grants initiative has this year more of a focus on the adoption of sustainable farming practices. Grants of between $5000 and $50,000 are available, but the deadline for applications is fast approaching. Help to apply for funding is available through one of natural resource management group Wheatbelt NRM’s newest recruits. Waterways project officer Brendan Imms said the grants could be used for the fencing of remnant vegetation, some weed and pest control and agro forestry. “Groups are also being encouraged to apply for projects that reduce wind and water erosion and improve soil health,” Brendan Imms said. In recent years, successful Caring for our Country Community Grants applicants included the Quairading LCDC, which focused on a trial site to manage wind and water erosion. The project received nearly $20,000 for fencing, vegetation, pasture and cropping trials. The Avondale Farm Project Association near Beverley also received $19,000 for its local reserve, to reduce weeds and help propagate native flora. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, March 20th 2013. For more information call Brendan Imms at Wheatbelt NRM’s on 9670 3136 or visit the website www.wheatbeltnrm.org.au