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Mountains to Sea program

What is it?

South East Local Land Services is offering grants to implement best practice land and water management aimed at improving the condition of terrestrial, coastal, estuarine and riverine environments via the Mountains to Sea program.

South Coast LGAs

The program will support land managers and groups to:

  1. manage weeds impacting on native vegetation and endangered ecological communities (EEC’s)
  2. improve the condition of terrestrial, coastal, estuarine and riverine vegetation
  3. increase the connectivity of native coastal, estuarine, riparian and terrestrial vegetation, particularly biodiversity corridors to improve the prospect of sustaining long term biodiversity.

The program is funded through the New South Wales government’s Catchment Action NSW investment program.

Who is eligible to apply?

Land owners, land managers, community groups, coastal care groups, primary producer groups and non-government organisations within the Local Government areas of Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama and Shoalhaven are eligible to apply.

Eligibility criteria

Land managers must meet the following criteria to be eligible for funding.

  1. own or manage land, within the Local Government Areas of Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama and Shoalhaven
  2. group projects in wetlands, coastal zones and estuaries must be consistent with and assist to implement Coastal Zone Management Plans and the NSW Government Estuary Management Program
  3. terrestrial vegetation projects must be in  areas covered by the Illawarra BIOmap, Corridors as identified in the South East LLS Catchment Action Plan or Shoalhaven corridor mapping
  4. willing to enter into an agreement with South East Local Land Services
  5. no outstanding Local Land Services projects or rates owing.

Groups will ONLY be eligible for funding if they are incorporated or sponsored by an appropriate organisation.

Eligible activities:

Project activities that may be funded can include, but are not restricted to:

  • fencing and revegetation for improved connectivity and native vegetation enhancement
  • riparian fencing and revegetation
  • provision of alternative watering in conjunction with riparian fencing
  • weed control where impacting on threatened species habitat or endangered ecological communities
  • river and creek bank habitat improvement.

How to apply

  1. Fill out and complete the expression of interest (EOI) form
  2. Return your application to South East Local Land Services via the following methods:

Post to

PO Box 63
Berry NSW 2520

Return by email

Send through your completed application form electronically to

In Person

Drop your completed application form into the South Coast South East Local Land Services office (13 Schofields Lane, Berry).

Closing date for the first round of EOIs is 5 pm Friday, 22 September 2017

Late EOIs will not be accepted.

Partial EOI forms will not be accepted.

What happens next?

  1. site visits will be arranged as soon as your EOI is received and processed
  2. project proposals will be developed in consultation with South Coast South East Local Land Services staff
  3. final project proposals will be submitted to an assessment panel and reviewed against eligibility criteria and funding priorities
  4. successful and unsuccessful applicants notified
  5. service agreements prepared.

Who to contact

Please contact the South Coast South East Local Land Services Office for more information on 02 4464 6000 or:

Jason Carson (Senior NRM Advisor)

02 4464 6022

Andrew Britton (Land Services Officer)

02 4464 6020