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South West Strategic Groundworks Grants

The South West Strategic Groundworks Grants provide funding to address local community NRM priorities, through strategic on-ground and engagement focused projects and related activities over a three-year period.

This includes projects that support the adoption of sustainable agricultural practices, protect biodiversity and sites of ecological value, increase the skills and knowledge of the local community in NRM and other priority activities identified within local and regional NRM plans and strategies.

The grants are targeted at a select group of community based Landcare and NRM organisations across the South West, to directly facilitate and engage their local community in Landcare and sustainable agricultural activities on private and public land.
On-ground implementation commenced in 2015/16, with a range of activities being carried out over the year including revegetation, fencing creek lines, environmental weed control, fauna surveys and community engagement workshops. Some of the specific achievements include;

  • 25 community events held
  • 56.36km of fencing, protecting 663ha
  • 60,696 seedlings planted, revegetating 63.74ha
  • 1 fauna survey undertaken
  • 99.4ha of environmental weed control

The 2015/16 financial year has also seen an additional group participating in the Strategic Groundwork Grants, taking the total number of community organisations supported by this important engagement and capacity building project from 12 to 13.

“It’s great to see the Strategic Groundworks Grants assisting NRM organisations achieve fantastic on-ground outcomes”
Ryan Munro, Program Manager, SWCC

FUTURE DIRECTIONS

Over the next year, the 13 groups supported through these grants will continue to undertake funded activities, as per their detailed project plans.

Project progress will be managed and annual reporting completed, with the support and assistance of SWCC staff. These groups will be assisted to update their project plans where required, while any lessons learned will be recorded to ensure more effective future delivery.

This project is a model for truly collaborative Landcare outcomes, which meet the needs of local communities while actively contributing towards the achievement of national NRM priorities.

FUN FACT

The NRM community is keen to embrace the latest technology as shown by a great turn out to an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) workshop hosted by Bridgetown-Greenbushes Community Landcare.

FUNDING RECIPIENTS

  • Blackwood Basin Group
  • The Blackwood Environment Society
  • Cape to Cape Catchments Group
  • Shire of Dumbleyung
  • GeoCatch
  • Katanning Land Conservation District Committee
  • Leschenault Catchment Council
  • Lower Blackwood Land Conservation District Committee
  • Shire of Kent
  • Wagin Woodanilling Landcare Zone
  • Warren Catchment Council
  • Shire of West Arthur
  • Shire of Kojonup
COMMITMENT
Detailed project plans finalised for contracted Strategic Groundworks Grants
100%
ACHIEVEMENT
Detailed project plans finalised for contracted Strategic Groundworks Grants
100%

Project Manager

Ryan Munro

Key Partners