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$500,000 available to rehabilitate priority coastal catchments

Riparian rehabiliation in the South East

Local Land Services is looking for land managers in priority coastal catchments who want to help protect and improve local waterways by rehabilitating riparian areas on their properties.

“We’re excited about the prospect of working with local land managers to improve water quality, increase biodiversity and help protect the broader marine and estuarine environment” said Shannon Brennan, Senior Land Services Officer at South East Local Land Services.

Up to $500,000 is available for projects that:

  • improve water quality in the identified priority catchments
  • are located along estuaries, wetlands or rivers that have salty or brackish water or are located on freshwater reaches just upstream of the tidal limit
  • protect and enhance threatened or endangered ecological communities such as coastal saltmarsh, littoral rainforest and swamp oak forest.
  • can commence and be completed in the 2019-2020 financial year.

Public and private land managers as well as local community groups are encouraged to apply for the funding.

“The project work can include:

  • installing fences to exclude stock from waterways and saltmarshes
  • protecting remnant native vegetation
  • revegetating riparian zones to provide bank stability, reduce run-off and improve habitat for native wildlife.

”These activities will help support clean, healthy waterways which are highly valued by local communities and industries such as tourism, aquaculture (oysters) and agriculture along our coastline”.

To obtain an information package, including the full list of priority catchments and assessment criteria please contact Shannon Brennan on (02) 6491 7823 or email: Shannon.brennan@lls.nsw.gov.au.

All expressions of interest are due by 24 June 2019.

The work being undertaken across the catchments in the South East is funded by the NSW Government under the Marine Estate Management Strategy. The ten-year Strategy was developed by the NSW Marine Estate Management Authority to coordinate the management of the marine estate.

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