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Grant funding making a difference

Mandy Wales of ‘Alloura’ Yass has been working with South East Local Land Services on a long term plan to improve the productivity, environmental value and ‘liveability’ of her property.

“I wanted to improve the environmental sustainability of our property by protecting waterways and planting more native trees and shrubs.” Mandy said.

“We’ve created new areas of native bushland which is providing a haven for a variety of native birds and animals, improving water quality, and rapidly halting and restoring erosion damage”.

In collaboration with South East Local Land Services, Mandy has established wildlife corridors by fencing off and planting an erosion gully to improve water quality, to provide diversity of vegetation to entice native wildlife and also to provide shelter for stock in their Angus stud operation.

“South East Local Land Services has provided funding to our business for fencing and to plant native trees and shrubs. They have been great to work with and have made the process as simple as possible.

“The new treelots and corridors are improving the aesthetic appeal of our property and will also serve to provide shade and wind protection for our livestock into the future.” Mandy said.

Financial assistance can be provided for the cost of fencing materials, native plants and alternative water sources to protect riparian areas and areas with minor-moderate erosion. Land managers are encouraged to get in touch to see if they are eligible to receive funding.

“Land managers come to us with a variety of motivations” said Melissa Henry, Senior Natural Resource Management Advisor for the Yass/Boorowa area at South East Local Land Services.

“We are seeing that there is a clear concern for farm productivity and profitability, but also a desire to improve the environmental value of their property in the broader landscape.

“The grants we have on offer are a great way to demonstrate that these two aims can be achieved in unison.”

For Mandy Wales and her family, it has been worth the time and effort.

“We believe by putting more native trees and shrubs back into the landscape, our enterprise and environment will be better for it”.

To find out more about the 2018/2019 round of Riparian Rehabilitation grants, visit southeast.lls.nsw.gov.au or contact the Boorowa or Yass Local Land Services office.

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Media contact: Dave Michael, South East Local Land Services, 0418 513 880