Recipients for Round 10 of NRM South’s Naturally Inspired Grants were announced today, with 37 projects receiving $257,000 in total funding within the southeast region. Recipients include 16 community groups and 19 landowners, with funding of up to $10,000 awarded per project. This round also offered additional funding of $8,000 to eight community groups and landowners for biosecurity measures and improvements such as installation of wash down stations and signage.
Funded through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme (NLP), Naturally Inspired Grants offer community groups, not-for-profit organisations, schools, farmers and farming groups the opportunity to undertake projects that deliver positive environmental and sustainable agriculture change in the Southern Tasmanian region.
NRM South received a large number of submissions of an impressively high calibre which were assessed against environmental and sustainable agriculture criteria aligning to NLP and regional priorities. Nineteen landowners were successful in receiving grants to undertake works such as riparian rehabilitation, protecting remnant vegetation for threatened species, reducing nutrient run-off, managing environmental weeds and improving soil health. Sixteen community groups were funded for a diverse range of projects including citizen science programs, weed surveys and control, riparian rehabilitation, native revegetation and awareness raising of environmental issues – including via workshops, signage and volunteer monitoring programs.
Examples of funded projects include Fern Tree Bushcare, who received a grant to tackle Daphne laurel, a highly invasive weed well-suited to the temperate understory of Fern Tree. It is the first instance of this genus being naturalised in Australia. Fortunately the local Bushcare Group spotted it early and have a good chance of eradicating this weed before it establishes itself, through a project involving community education, weed mapping and control.
Another collaborative, community-based project involves the Midlands Tree Committee who are supporting sustainable agricultural practices and increasing awareness of environmental issues such as tree decline in the Southern Midlands by assisting private landowners with weed control and native plant revegetation.
NRM South CEO Donald Coventry says projects like this were typical of the calibre of applications received this year and acknowledges the diversity and enthusiasm of this year’s recipients.
“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 sustainable agriculture projects and those focused on environmental activities. Importantly weeds continue to be a concern for both landowners and community groups, as does the importance of preserving areas with significant biodiversity and threatened species, and as such both have received attention.
“I would also like to acknowledge the spread of projects throughout the council municipalities of the Southern NRM Region – covering the Central Highlands, Southern Midlands, Glamorgan Spring Bay, Tasman, Sorell, Hobart, Kingborough and Huon Valley. It is pleasing to see 9 of the 12 Southern Tasmania council regions represented in the successful grants.”
PROJECTS FUNDED THROUGH NRM SOUTH’S NATURALLY INSPIRED GRANTS 2016
|Jerusalem Creek on-farm restoration and water quality improvements||Southern Midlands|
|Controlled grazing Ragged Tier Cherry Garden||Sorell|
|Forage shrub species selection trial||Central Highlands|
|Implementing the recommendations of alpine sphagnum bog mapping validation and threat assessment report||Central Highlands|
|North Huon Road woodland project||Huon Valley|
|Regeneration of public, food production and education areas||Huon Valley|
|Wetheron biodiversity corridor Stage 1||Central Highlands|
|Pasture regeneration and planned grazing for organic sheep||Huon Valley|
|Iron Creek Estuary regeneration project||Sorell|
|Internal parasite management of a commercial goat trip by implementation of sustainable NRM activities||Huon Valley|
|Table Valley grazing trial||Central Highlands|
|Restoration of threatened blue gum forest and associated treeline||Huon Valley|
|Best practice shelter belt establishment for low rainfall climate of the Southern Midlands||Southern Midlands|
|BAANYA Spanish heath reduction||Kingborough|
|Mimosa Park wildlife corridor and shelterbelt||Huon Valley|
|Jo’s paddock creek restoration Phase 1||Huon Valley|
|Ravensdale Rivulet rehabilitation||Glamorgan Spring Bay|
|Californian thistle control in Cockatoo Hills Conservation Covenant Area and cultural landscape familiarisation||Central Highlands|
|Kellevie neighbours – gorse busters||Sorell|
|Bayview Bush Babies
Development of a plant based remedy to control mange in the common wombat (Vombatus ursinus)
|Glamorgan Spring Bay|
|Conservation Volunteers Australia
Saving the Swifty on the East Coast
|Glamorgan Spring Bay|
|Derwent Catchment NRM Committee
Supporting community action on the Lachlan River
|Dunalley Tasman Neighbourhood House
Native Interactive gardens – edible, firewise, waterwise
|Fern Tree Bushcare
Conserving the forest ecology of kunanyi / Mt Wellington by controlling a highly invasive weed, daphne laurel (Daphne laureola)
|Friends of Maatsuyker Island
Maatsuyker Island (Tasmania’s World Heritage Area) ongoing weed control and shearwater monitoring program: 2017/18 season
|Midlands Tree Committee
Midlands matters – building on past revegetation projects
Cockatoo Hill Miena cider gum protection and insurance population
|Snug Primary School
Biolink corridor expansion
|Sustainability Learning Centre and Hobart College
Unwanted – the Rainbow Lorikeet! Lend a Hand Citizen Science Project: managing rainbow lorikeets to protect Tasmania’s endangered Swift Parrot population.
|Tasmanian Conservation Trust
Cat confinement education project
|Tasmanian Land Conservancy
Enhancing important natural values across 8,000 ha at Interlaken through community participation in weed control activities
|True Trails Community Programs Association
Stability, growth and education at True Trails.
|Upper Huon Wildlife Monitoring Group
Upper Huon wildlife monitoring project 2017/18
|weetapoona Aboriginal Corporation
Community capacity building to support the implementation of the weetapoona Aboriginal Corporation prescribed burn plan for Roberts Hill
|Geeveston Community Centre
Education trail along a section of the Kermandie River, showcasing community grown native plants, stabilised river banks, bush foods and habitat for native fauna.