Rural landholders across the Australian Capital Territory are invited to apply for a share of $150,000 in grants to boost sustainable agriculture practices and build resilient, healthy farms.
Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker and ACT Deputy Chief Minister, Simon Corbell, said the grants were central to the National Landcare Programme’s delivery of practical outcomes that make a real difference on the ground.
“The Australian Government’s $1 billion National Landcare Programme includes a powerful commitment to regional funding for natural resource management across every jurisdiction in the nation,” Minister Hartsuyker said.
“In the four years to 2017–18, that includes over $4.6 million in funding for the ACT— or around $1.1 million in 2016–17 alone.
“It is an investment that provides ACT farmers with the opportunity to build the unique local knowledge and skills required to improve productivity and drive better environmental outcomes across the territory’s $7.8 million agriculture sector.”
ACT Deputy Chief Minister, Simon Corbell, encouraged all eligible landholders to apply for the grants program which opened recently.
“These grants not only support our rural landholders, they also benefit the broader community by building resilient farming lands which produce clean water, support biodiversity and support sustainable food production,” Mr Corbell said.
Projects that could be funded under the ACT Rural Grants Program include:
- Construction or relocation of farm fencing and provision of alternate stock water supply to protect river banks and/or reduce risk of erosion and weeds through improved grazing management
- Collaborative cross-property projects which address shared issues such as weeds or pest animals
- Improved management of native vegetation including protection of isolated paddock trees to increase recruitment of seedlings and improve farm biodiversity.
“ACT rural landholders can also apply to receive natural resource management advice to improve their farm management. They can then apply for funding to implement the advice they have received,” Mr Corbell said.
An information session about the grants program will be held at 5.30 pm on Wednesday 21 September 2016 at the Ground Floor Conference Room at Dame Pattie Menzies House, 16 Challis Street, Dickson.
Applications close on Thursday 27 October 2016. Visit environment.act.gov.au for more information on the grant guidelines and application forms.