NRM South, Southern Tasmania’s natural resource management organisation, today announced $154,000 grants funding for groups and landholders within the region as part of the organisation’s annual Naturally Inspired Grants program.
These grants, provided to NRM South by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme (NLP), are part of over $5M funding that will benefit Southern Tasmania’s natural environment through to 2018.
The Naturally Inspired Grants is the first of the National Landcare Programme funding to be delivered to the community, and they offer community groups, not-for-profit organisations, schools and individual land managers the opportunity to undertake projects that deliver positive environmental change in the Southern Tasmanian region.
The 32 recipients of this round include 12 community groups and 20 landholders sharing in just over $154,000. Base funding of $2000-$5000 was available through this round of the grants with an opportunity for applicants to apply for an additional $5000 to accelerate high-value projects. Some projects will also be supported with on-ground assistance via the Australian Government’s Green Army Programme.
NRM South received a large number of submissions of impressively high calibre which were assessed against specific environmental and sustainable agriculture criteria specified in the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.
Landholder Anna Crane, whose property is located in the Coal River Valley, Richmond, has received a Naturally Inspired Grant that will help her manage serrated tussock, gorse and boxthorn on her property. Weed management will play an important role in helping protect the Pitt Water Orielton Lagoon adjacent to her land, as these saltmarsh and wetlands are recognised as an internationally significant Ramsar site.
The property plays a pivotal role in the broader catchment due to its location next to productive farmland in the Coal River Valley and its proximity to Pitt Water Orielton Lagoon Ramsar site. Additionally, weed management on the property has support from the Coal River Products Association and other partners ensuring the impact of work will have far reaching benefits for the broader environment.
CEO Donald Coventry welcomes the support from the Australian Government, and says projects like Anna’s are typical of the calibre of applications received this year. He acknowledges the diversity and enthusiasm of this year’s recipients and the difference the projects will make to the local environment.
“We’re pleased to be delivering the Naturally Inspired Grants to the community, which are the first of the National Landcare Programme (NLP) to hit the ground in 2015. These grants build on work that is already underway, and in many cases this support allows recipient to continue important work and deliver a return on investment estimated to be roughly 4.5 times the value of each grant.
“I would like to thank all applicants for their time and effort in applying for this year’s round. We received many impressive applications addressing both agriculture or farm related projects and those focused on environmental activities. Importantly weeds continue to be a concern for both landholders and community groups, as does the value of saltmarsh, and as such both have received attention in this year’s round.
“Projects like Anna Crane’s that involve a range of partner organisations, and where the location has significance or impact on productive land or important environmental assets like Anna’s does, have rated highly in the assessments.
“I would also like to acknowledge the spread of projects throughout the council municipalities of the Southern NRM Region – including the Central Highlands, Southern Midlands, Derwent Valley, Glamorgan Spring Bay, Tasman, Sorell, Clarence, Hobart, Kingborough and Huon Valley. It is pleasing to see 10 of the 12 Southern Tasmania council regions represented in the successful grants.”
This year, 20 landholders were successful in receiving grants to undertake works such as riparian fencing and revegetation, protecting remnant vegetation for threatened species, managing environmental weeds, improving soil health and low input pasture management for perennial grasses.
Local expert Graeme Stevenson has received funding to trial selected species of winter-active dung beetles in Tasmania, if successful they can potentially improve the sustainability of grazing enterprises by preventing the build-up of dung on paddocks, eliminating a breeding environment for animal parasites and reducing nutrient run-off into waterways.
Twelve community groups were funded for a diverse range of projects including conservation of coastal saltmarsh and wetland restoration, environmental awareness raising, weed management, protection of threatened vegetation and projects.
Coastal saltmarsh is receiving special attention this round, with the Tasmanian Land Conservancy, Wildcare Deslacs and Saltwater River/Premaydena Coastcare groups all receiving funds for the conservation of saltmarsh, recently recognised as a nationally threatened vegetation community under the federal Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999).
Sustainable Living in Kingborough has been funded by the Naturally Inspired grants for a second year to build on their project aiming to reduce marine debris in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel. The group is raising awareness amongst the local community and businesses regarding the impact of marine debris, as well as developing innovative and sustainable solutions. It also coordinates the collection and analysis of marine waste, with thousands of volunteer hours making a significant impact on the observable marine waste in the area.
PROJECTS FUNDED THROUGH NRM SOUTH’S NATURALLY INSPIRED GRANTS
|MacKillop Catholic College: Tennison Woods EcoCentre – educational and edible garden||Clarence|
|Wildcare Deslacs: Saltmarsh survival – Linking Spanish heath buffer zones to protect saltmarsh and extending a feral cat management program||Clarence|
|Derwent Catchment NRM Committee: Adopt A Shore – maintaining the natural values at Great Lake||Derwent Valley|
|Fern Tree Bushcare: Managing weeds in Fern Tree to protect our local bush||Hobart|
|Friends of Maatsuyker Island: On-going weed control program on Maatsuyker Island in Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area||Huon Valley|
|Landcare Tasmania: Taking Charge of Change – support for the 2015 Tasmanian State Landcare Conference||Huon Valley|
|Tasmanian Land Conservancy: Restoration of woodlands and wetlands at Long Point Reserve, Moulting Lagoon||GlamorganSpring Bay|
|Sustainable Living in Kingborough: “Marina Debria”: Casting the net to reduce marine debris in the D’Entrecasteaux.||Kingborough|
|Saltwater River/Premaydena Coastcare: Creek rehabilitation and weed removal to protect coastal saltmarsh and woodland||Tasman|
|Marion Bay Coastcare: Marion Bay Viewing Platform Interpretation Panels||Sorell|
|Chauncy Vale Wildlife Sanctuary Management Committee: Improving condition of threatened silver peppermint woodland and improving visitor safety at Chauncy Vale Wildlife Sanctuary||SouthernMidlands|
|Threatened Plants Tasmania: Gorse removal from the vulnerable sandstone bush pea population and habitat in Heathy Hills Nature Reserve||SouthernMidlands|
|Sustainable whisky production: Restoring a montane peatland, Brown Marsh, London Lakes||Central Highlands|
|Platypus power station revegetation project – Jones River, Ellendale||Central Highlands|
|Managing highland grasslands for the future at ‘Cockatoo Hills’, Tasmanian Central Highlands||Central Highlands|
|Innovative footrot treatment program trial – Ellendale farms||Central Highlands|
|The protection of Pitt Water Orielton Lagoon by means of sustainable farming||Clarence (supported by Sorell)|
|Dairy Cares for the Derwent River||Derwent Valley/ Central Highlands|
|North facing slope rehabilitation and conservation, Plenty||Derwent Valley|
|Weed reduction, pasture development: Crabtree Rivulet riparian rehabilitation using livestock & planting||Huon Valley|
|Restoration of Pollards Creek, Nicholls Rivulet.||Huon Valley|
|Protecting remnant vegetation and restoring habitat for threatened species including the Swift Parrot (Lathamus discolor), Cygnet||Huon Valley|
|Enhancing critical habitat on Tinderbox Hills for two nationally endangered species (Swift Parrot and Forty-spotted Pardalote)||Kingborough|
|Weed management to protect covenanted threatened species habitat, Kingston||Kingborough|
|Summerleas Road Weed Management and Native Bush Regeneration Plan||Kingborough|
|Soil improvement trial for olive grove, apricot orchard and myrtus berry plantation, Penna.||Sorell|
|Drainage line rehabilitation and revegetation, creating a shelter belt, Kellevie||Sorell|
|Connellys Marsh post bushfire weed removal and rehabilitation of lowland native grasslandand Crown Coastal Reserve, Stage 4||Sorell|
|Tasman Ecovillage Natural Resource Management Strategy, Nubeena||Tasman|
|Identification of pasture species and management of low input pastures – South East Tasmania||Tasman|
|Jerusalem Creek; on-farm restoration||Southern Midlands|
|Biological control of winter dung on pastures – South East Tasmania||Southern Midlands|