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Rural Landscape Program extended

Ken Garner, Acting General Manager South East Local Land Services and Fiona Smith, Executive Manager Water NSW, recently signed the 2017-2020 Rural Landscape Program funding agreement. The agreement will see a further $3 million invested in the program over the next three years.

“We are thrilled that we can extend the program, this funding will ensure the future of the Rural Landscape Program and reinforces the partnership between South East Local Land Services and Water NSW and our commitment to improving rural landscapes in the Sydney catchment” Ken said.

“Grazing and erosion are the two greatest risks to water quality in the catchment’, Fiona said. “The renewed program offers the best range of interventions to address those risks and will particularly target larger properties in high risk areas.”

The program aims to increase landholder adoption of four critical practices for improving the quality of water runoff from grazing lands:

  • managing uncontrolled stock access to waterways
  • encouraging and maintaining ground cover for soil stability and pollutant retention
  • encouraging and maintaining diverse riparian vegetation
  • controlling gully, stream bank and bed erosion processes.

The program provides land managers with the opportunity to access funding and expertise to improve the quality and sustainability of their waterways and at the same time make a wider contribution to the community by improving the quality of water in the Sydney catchment area.

“Expressions of interest are open for landholders interested in participating in the next round of the program”, Ken said. “We have seen some great results in the past and are always keen to work with people interested in managing their land to maintain healthy, diverse and connected natural environments”.

The South East region contains several Sydney catchment priority drainage areas in the Wingecarribee, Goulburn Mulwaree, Upper Lachlan and Palerang areas. South East Local Land Services officers in the Moss Vale, Goulburn and Braidwood offices are taking calls from landholders in these regions now, so call your local office, or the number below, to find out if you qualify and register your project proposal.

For more information about the Rural Landscape Program contact Aaron Smith on (02) 4824 1909 or via email.

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Media contact: Dave Michael, 0418 513 880, marketing and communications coordinator South East Local Land Services