Grants deadline looms

Waterways project officer Brendan Imms.
Waterways project officer Brendan Imms.

Community Landcare groups can access the funding, which will help protect the Wheatbelt’s natural resources, including farmland.

The initiative has more of a focus this year on the adoption of sustainable farming practices.

Grants of between $5000 and $50,000 are available.

Waterways project officer Brendan Imms can help interested groups apply for funding.

Mr Imms said the grants could be used for fencing remnant vegetation, some weed and pest control and agricultural forestry.

‘Groups are also being encouraged to apply for projects that reduce wind and water erosion, and improve soil health,’ he said.

Successful Caring for our Country Community Grants applicants include 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.

For more information, call Brendan Imms at Wheatbelt NRM on 9670 3136 or visit the website wheatbeltnrm.org.au