After a busy harvest season now’s the perfect time to take a break and start thinking about works to improve your property and benefit the environment.
Funding is now available through the South West Catchments Council (SWCC) for a range on on-ground activities including fencing creek lines and remnant vegetation, undertaking weed and feral animal control and revegetation.
This funding forms part of SWCC’s large landscape-scale project dubbed “Building the Toolibin, Dongolocking, Tarin Rock Eco-Bridge,” with funding secured through the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country Open Call Investment Program.
Julie Palmer, SWCC’s Sustainable Landscapes Project Manager said this corridors project aims to build an Eco-Bridge by strengthening the connectivity between the Ramsar-listed Toolibin Lake, the Dongolocking Reserves and the Tarin Rock Reserve.
“In the rural areas so much of the remnant vegetation is found on private properties so we really need the help of landowners to get involved in helping to preserve these important areas.
Ultimately we’re aiming to slow the inevitable decline of biodiversity values in the rural landscape by managing and restoring native habitat condition, protecting our native wildlife, creating buffers around priority areas and generally building the ecological resilience across the geographical area,” she said.
The application process for this project is a rolling one and expressions of interest (EOI) can be submitted anytime up to May 2013 (funding and time permitting). However land managers that wish to undertake revegetation work are encouraged to contact SWCC as soon as possible.
EOI forms can be downloaded from the funding page of the SWCC website, www.swccnrm.org.au. For enquiries please contact Julie Palmer, SWCC Sustainable Landscapes Project Manager on 9881 0223 or email email@example.com or contact your local Landcare group.
Farmers on adjoining properties that share a common biodiversity asset or unconnected properties that share a common biodiversity asset across the district are encouraged to apply. Activities eligible for funding include: