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Grassroots Grants

About the Grassroots Grants program

The Grassroots Grants program aims to support individual landholders, volunteers, schools, community organisations, First Nations and not-for-profit groups working locally for environmental and sustainable agriculture benefits.

2022-23 is the third round of the program and will amount to over $265,000 being distributed across the community. There were two tiers of grants available - small grants up to $3,000, and larger grants for projects up to $20,000.

Projects must be within the Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board's footprint. This includes the whole of the Adelaide Hills, Alexandrina, Mount Barker, Victor Harbor and Yankalilla council districts and some of the Onkaparinga council district. See a map here.

2022-23 Grassroots Grants recipients - read the media release

ApplicantProject nameProject focusCouncil district
Macclesfield Bushcare GroupEquipment to support Bushcare volunteers of the Macclesfield Bushcare Group.Purchase of green power tools and personal protective equipment for volunteers of the Macclesfield Bushcare Group.Mount Barker
K JenkinsonMiddleton Creek Improvement project - Ngarrindjeri Yarluwar-RuweThis project will continue volunteer work to improve a section of the Middleton Creek, via in-fill revegetation and bush care works.Alexandrina
Shottesbrooke WineryMcLaren Vale Cellar Door Tree Trail 2Cellar Doors to display information on the importance of selected trees in relation to climate and other biodiversity factors, such oxygen production, CO2 removed from the atmosphere and how much shade it provides.Onkaparinga
N+D HoskingRejuvenation of Back Valley Demonstration Site.Protect and restore native vegetation and freshwater ecosystems on a Back Valley demonstration siteVictor Harbor
Tatachilla Lutheran CollegeNative Propagation StationA native propagation station at the school’s Eco Classroom to propagate local native plants.Onkaparinga
Friends of WirrinaFriends of Wirrina Landcare GroupMaintaining and building on the the Landcare work already done at Wirrina to help develop an area rich in biodiversity.Yankalilla
A WilliamsHidden Hill Farm Creek RestorationRevegetation of a watercourse and surrounding dam area.Yankalilla
D WlochowiczRemoval of weeds and regeneration of native grassesProtect and restore the native vegetation on a private property in Bradbury for rare plants and endangered wildlife.Adelaide Hills
T MilneHalting biodiversity decline at AnawattaFencing critical paddock trees and small remnants as part of a longer-term transition to a regenerative agriculture approach.Victor Harbor
J FaberWildlife Food ForestExpansion of a nature corridor for native wildlife from near Newland Head Conservation Park (NHCP) to other surrounding properties.Victor Harbor
T KuchelFiretail Ridge RevegetationHabitat restoration for the Diamond Firetail.Mount Barker
P FitzsimonsWeed removal and replace with native species to encourage biodiversityWeed removal and revegetation on a private property to protect remnant vegetation.Adelaide Hills
Investigator CollegeCasella Wines Conservation PartnershipPurchase of PPE and tools for watercourse weed control and revegetation, with student education outcomes.Alexandrina
Finniss Catchment GroupFinniss River Riparian ImprovementRetain and enhance native riparian ecosystems by removing weeds in the riparian zone of the Finniss River.Alexandrina
Friends of Scott Creek Conservation ParkPost Fire Recovery in Scott Creek Conservation ParkWeed control within Scott Creek Conservation Park to support fire recovery - particularly threatened species including the Nationally Endangered Southern Brown Bandicoot.Adelaide Hills
J DallwitzThe Mistletoe Block Project ExhibitionProduce photographic information panels to highlight local native flora and fauna species such as the white-naped Honeyeater.Yankalilla
Fleurieu Environment CentreStatus For Two Water Course on The Fleurieu PeninsulaWater quality and quantity monitoring of the Yankalilla and ParananacookaYankalilla
Friends of Black Hill and MorialtaBlack Hill - Amber's Gully woodland restorationContinuing to protect habitat for native flora and fauna species including a number of threatened Woodland (bird) species.Adelaide Hills
Friends of Sunnyspring Glen ReserveRevegetation of Sunnyspring Glen ReserveRevegetation to expand and build resilience of a threatened woodland biome found in the Mount Lofty Ranges.Adelaide Hills
Prospect Hill Bushland GroupCommunity Baseline Monitoring of Wildlife in Ti Tree CreekPurchase of equipment to detect threatened and feral species within a cluster of private properties and develop management strategies.Alexandrina
Kangarilla Landcare Group IncorporatedMonitoring of endangered species: Southern Brown BandicootPurchase of equipment to help monitor the locations of Bandicoot populations within the Kangarilla area to assist with recovery actions.Onkaparinga
J WhittakerWeed ControlWoody weed control in remnant vegetation on private property working with neighbouring properties.Mount Barker
J ByrneSteep Gully RevegPurchasing of fencing materials to protect remnant and revegetation on private property.Alexandrina
J McKenzieBringing back banksias to grow more food for endangered pygmy possumsIncreasing the distribution and abundance of Banksia plants to support the endangered pygmy possums alongside a Threatened Fleurieu Swamp.Yankalilla
S HuxfordPost bushfire weed removal follow-upPost-bushfire weed control on private property in areas of high biodiversity value, allowing for ongoing manual bush care and maintenance.Adelaide Hills
A PhillipsWatercourse restoration of section of Ti-Tree CreekRestoration and fencing for stock exclusion along the Ti-tree creek and improved downstream water quality.Alexandrina
Stanes Family Pty LtdImprove biodiversity, increase native vegetation and restore wildlife habitats on a Private FarmPart of a 10-year project to plant 1,000 trees, shrubs and grasses on private property every year, with the aim of improving biodiversity, increasing native vegetation and restoring wildlife habitats.Mount Barker
A RussoExtending Southern Brown Bandicoot HabitatBandicoot recovery via a corridor between two properties.Victor Harbor
Encounter Lutheran CollegeEncounter Lutheran College Creek RegenerationSchool students to work in collaboration with local Indigenous Elder, Cedric Varcoe, community groups and volunteers to return part of this parcel of land to its original state.Victor Harbor
Hills BiodiversityWilla Willa Bush Regeneration ProjectBush regeneration and wildlife monitoring project in the upper reaches of Brown Hill Creek in Crafers, Adelaide Hills – including weed infested steep terrain, and collaboration with Adelaide University's Bolstering Bandicoot project and SA Museum's Pygmy Possum project.Adelaide Hills
Hills Christian Community SchoolStage 2 Creek restoration and connection to Onkaparinga RiverRehabilitation of creek line flowing into the Upper Onkaparinga River – including weed removal, revegetation of the riparian zone and construction of a rock chute to reduce water erosion.Adelaide Hills
Sixth Creek Catchment GroupRe-establishing Biodiversity in Sustainable Riparian Habitats of the Sixth Creek (RBSRH_SC)Rehabilitation of the only permanently flowing watercourse in the central Adelaide hills through weed eradication and rehabilitation along Sixth Creek to the confluence with the River Torrens.Adelaide Hills
Adelaide Hills CouncilRiparian restoration of Cox Creek in Bridgewater Recreation ReserveImprove habitat and water quality of the watercourse, riparian zone and Blechnum bog of Cox Creek in Bridgewater Recreation Reserve.Adelaide Hills
Yundi Nature ConservancyRestoring biodiversity in a Fleurieu Peninsula Swamp at Yundi (HA1027)Applying lessons learned from the 2020-21 Grassroots Grant entitled “Aboriginal knowledge/values for Fleurieu Swamp species” including adjoining and downstream landholders participating in swamp restoration.Alexandrina
Hindmarsh Island Landcare Group Inc.Improving the quality of our ecosystem rehabilitation by expanding the range of plant species we are using and incorporating these species into our planting program.Revegetation and weed control on Ferryman’s Reserve, investigating underutilised Hindmarsh Island plant species, including ID of local rare plants and increasing nursery capacity from 50,000 to 60,000 plants per annum.Alexandrina
The Forktree ProjectThe Forktree ProjectA rewilding project that involves restoring native habitat to an extensively cleared 53ha former pastoral property in the Fleurieu Peninsula, helping rebuild habitat for native flora and fauna, and sequestering CO2 to help combat climate change.Yankalilla
N BaartLenswood Remnant Vegetation Rehabilitation ProjectProtect and restore 1.2Ha of remnant native vegetation on private property by removing grazing pressures from sheep and kangaroos, and targeting invasive weeds.Adelaide Hills
V McMillanHeritage Area Protection and Enhancement 1Protection and restoration of remnant vegetation to protect Brown wallaby grass, Brown bandicoots and the Rosenberg Goanna.Yankalilla
Grain Producers SASustain Grain Fleurieu PeninsulaGrain Producers SA propose to host a crop walk for growers, providing skills and information in soil data management and interpretation, soil health, opportunities in carbon sequestration and ways to reduce greenhouse emissions to on grain growers and mixed farmers.Yankalilla, Alexandrina, Adelaide Hills
Friends of Hindmarsh River Estuary (FoRHE) Victor HarborHindmarsh River Estuary - restorationThis project aims to protect and restore native vegetation, habitat ecosystems of areas of the Hindmarsh River Estuary forming easily accessible environmental reserve within the increasingly urbanized city limits of Victor Harbor.Victor Harbor
Adelaide Hills Wine RegionSustainable Vineyards in the Adelaide Hills Wine RegionThis project will build the capacity and capability of wine grape growers in the Adelaide Hills Wine Region (AHWR) to adopt and continuously improve sustainable land management practice.Mount Barker
Kanmantoo Callington Landcare IncGreening the BremerOur vision is a restored and protected habitat corridor along both sides of the Bremer River and its tributaries to improve native vegetation and freshwater ecosystems.Mount Barker
M NashNovel solutions to ongoing problems to enhance sustainable land management – Ryegrass and Phalaris StaggersThe project will conduct workshops facilitated by Jane Slattery - Co-Founder of Natural Intelligence Farming to address problems associated with grazing ryegrass pastures compared to growing mixed species pastures improve stock health.Yankalilla
Aquasave - NGTFence construction to protect a sub-population of River BlackfishFencing to protect River Blackfish (Gadopsis marmoratus) - which is now considered endangered and remains as four distinct sub-populations in large spring-fed pools in separate catchments.Mount Barker
Adelaide Hills Wine RegionImproving Water and Soil Management Through Monitoring in the Adelaide Hills Wine RegionThis project will promote education and behavioural change among grape growers in the Adelaide Hills Wine Region (AHWR) to improve water and soil management through the broader adoption of soil-moisture and -temperature monitoring technology.Mount Barker
Biodiversity McLaren Vale (BMV)Baseline biodiversity survey for creek-lines of the Willunga BasinThis project will undertake a biodiversity survey of the Pedler, Maslin & Willunga Creeks to understand the existing environmental and biodiversity values; identify areas of higher priority and develop appropriate management strategies.Onkaparinga
J BakerSeadragons of Fleurieu Waters – Citizen Science and Public EducationThe project aims to increase community knowledge about the populations of leafy and weedy seadragons that live in Fleurieu Peninsula waters; to encourage community to learn more about threatening processes that may impact seadragons, so that divers and snorkelers can help to protect populations of these legislatively protected species in accessible areas.Yankalilla, Victor Harbor, Onkaparinga
Willunga Hills Face Landcare Group IncCaring for the Washpool Wetland catchment, Willunga Basin: revegetation and stream waterflow management, SA Water Plains Road siteThe aim is to establish a demonstration site for watercourse revegetation (3,250 new, 750 infill plants) in the Washpool wetland catchment, Willunga basin, with the ultimate objective of improving water quality entering the Washpool wetland.Onkaparinga

Past Grassroots Grant recipients