Funding available for rangelands rehabilitation

Ray Thompson and Dom Nowlan - Nyngan Waterponding. Photo supplied.
Ray Thompson and Dom Nowlan - Nyngan Waterponding. Photo supplied.

Central West Local Land Services is inviting landholders in the western part of the region to apply for funding under the 2017-18 incentives program. 

This targeted funding has been developed to assist landholders reclaim scalded claypan soils using the proven water ponding and water spreading conservation techniques. 

Central West Local Land Services Officer and project manager, Ray Thompson said that water ponding and water spreading activities have delivered positive outcomes on properties in the western part of the region for years.

“Our incentive program is designed to help farmers bring previously unusable parts of their land back to productive use as well as increase native perennial regeneration, soil carbon and wildlife habitat for the benefit of the environment as a whole,” Mr Thompson said. 

“Farmers in the western part of the region now have a great opportunity to apply for assistance to see some real positive change.” 

Funding is currently available to support survey and construction activities, re-seeding with native perennial species, installation of alternate stock water supply, establishment of stock proof fencing and weed and feral animal control in water ponding and water spreading areas. 

“This is a great opportunity for farmers to implement change, however time is limited,” Mr Thompson said. 

Applications will be received until the close of business on Friday, September 1 2017. 

Information sheets and application forms are available to download or can be collected from your nearest office. 

Farmers in the targeted area interested in applying are encouraged to read through the information sheet and if required contact the Project Manager. 

This project is supported by Central West Local Land Services through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Programme and Catchment Action NSW.