Protecting Eyre Peninsula heritage land

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More than 20 heritage agreement owners across Eyre Peninsula have expressed interest in the current round of native vegetation heritage agreement grants.

Opening in late March, the up-to $100,000 grants are for activities that help heritage agreement owners to protect biodiversity and important ecosystems on their land.

The Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board has been involved with managing the native heritage agreement grants locally.

Manger of Landscape Operations, Seb Drewer, says the significant interest from heritage agreement owners so far across Eyre Peninsula is promising.

“We are confident that this program will see some great outcomes for heritage agreement owners and the biodiversity they are helping to protect in our region,” Mr Drewer says.

“Our officers have been visiting many sites and it’s encouraging to see what could be done on local heritage agreement properties to protect and enhance the local flora and fauna.”

Work is about to begin at two sites in eastern and western Eyre Peninsula, while other applications are awaiting approval.

Running for the next three years, the grant program will provide $6 million in support of Heritage Agreement owners, which can include on-site land management advice and training. Grants can also be for one-off activities or for longer-term actions.

On Eyre Peninsula, there are more than 380 heritage agreements totalling 311,524 hectares of land.

A Native Vegetation Heritage Agreement is a conservation area on private land, established between a landholder and the Minister for Climate, Environment and Water, on recommendation of the Native Vegetation Council, which contributes to protecting and/or restoring indigenous biodiversity.

To get involved, submit an expression of interest and one of our landscape officers will be in touch to arrange a site visit.

Protecting Eyre Peninsula heritage land
Eyre Peninsula has diverse biodiversity such as this coastal vegetation, close to a western Eyre Peninsula Heritage Agreement site.

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