During September PHCC staff were out helping landholders keen to protect biodiversity, reduce erosion, fence bushland and undertake revegetation across the catchment, to apply for funds through PHCC’s Community Environmental Grants (CEG) program.
A total of 39 applications for funding through PHCC’s Community Environmental Grants were received from across the Peel-Harvey region this year. Funding proposals included on-ground works to protect and enhance agricultural systems and biodiversity values across the region, including:
- fencing creeklines,
- planting saltbush fodder crops,
- controlling feral animals,
- enhancing Black Cockatoo feeding habitat,
- reducing grazing pressure on wetlands and
- increasing habitat for threatened fauna.
“It’s fantastic to see the enthusiasm our community has in seeking support for Landcare projects” said PHCC’s Chair, Caroline Knight. “We are all looking forward to hearing which projects are recommended by our independent assessment panel this year”.
Projects like these will go a long way to contributing towards creating a more resilient landscape which can support local biodiversity and more productive agricultural systems. Across all project proposals funding for a total of more than 60,000 seedlings and 46km of fencing was requested.
PHCC will advise successful applicants in October. It is anticipated that successful projects should be able to begin on-ground works by November.
These projects are supported by the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program