2021-22 Grassroots Grants Recipients


Project name

Project focus


Paul Mathews

Replants for infill in 6ha of insectary planting biodiversity project

To plant native plants noted for their insect attracting attributes to continue the maintenance of the 10,000 plants already planted on the 6ha insectary and biodiversity area. This revegetates and restores the native vegetation in a 400 meter section of Willunga Creek increasing the biodiversity of the area and region.

Whites Valley

Sarah Carlson/Geoff Hayter, McLaren Vale Biodiversity

Continuing Community Led Landscape-Scale Replanting and Restoration by Biodiversity

Build on the biodiversity improvement gains made possible by a Grassroots Grant received in 2020 to deliver landscape-scale, habitat restoration projects in currently degraded creeklines in the McLaren Vale wine region (the Willunga Basin).

Whites Valley

Ben Simon, Goolwa to Wellington Local Action Planning Association (GWLAP)

Replacing rusty nursery benches at Alexandrina Community Nursery

Replace benches at the Alexandrina community nursery which is managed by GWLAP with 15 volunteers and supports the growing of more than 40,000 local native seedlings annually.


Lyn Wells, Echunga Community Association Incorporated

Echunga “love your creek”Stage 2

To continue the cleaning up efforts and removal of invasive non-native species, and planting sedges and native grasses along the creek bank.


Joshua Droogan

Little Gorge Creek and Shelly Beach Dune Revegetation Project.

1900 plants (grown by project leader) will be planted by a range of volunteers. Local contractors will remove the difficult woody weed in the creek line and along the coast. including wilting succulents and prickly pear. The project will improve the biodiversity in the area and improve coastal dune habitat for the hooded plovers that nest in the area.

Wirrina Cove

Ben Simon, Goolwa to Wellington Local Action Planning Association (GWLAP)

Enabling the Strathalbyn Natural Resource Centre Nursery

To purchase 2 heavy duty nursery benches to enable the use of small space at the rear of the Strathalbyn Natural Resources Centre to grow up to 8000 native plants for use in local revegetation projects.


Alan King

Woody weed control at 'The Clifftop Reserve' , Point Sturt, Nr Clayton Bay, SA.

To continue the revegetation and removal of woody weeds, mainly sodom apple,and calthrop. It will provide another walking trail to the Lake edge which will, along with appropriate signage, enable visitors to access the Lake and appreciate the natural beauty, history and ecological importance of the area.

Clayton Bay

Michael Cornish

Revegetation of Sunnyspring Glen Reserve

Revegetation to expand and build resilience of a threatened remnant candlebark gum woodland biome in Sunnyspring Glen Reserve. Candlebark / manna gum woodlands are only found in a small number of high rainfall valleys in the Mount Lofty Ranges.


Karen and Chris Lane

Tloperi revegetation project.

To continue understorey restoration by purchasing locally indigenous plants from nearby Community Landcare nurseries for the continuing recovery of Anisynta cynone,Theclinesthes albocincta, Hesperilla flavescens, Neophyma elegans, Neophyma chrysostoma, Phaps elegans and other rare species now recorded on the property.

Hindmarsh Island

Jennifer Warner, Unitarian Church

Get help to significantly reduce an infestation of Holcus and prevent its further spread.

To employ contractors to help remove the Holcus before seeding this year on the Shady Grove site.


Simon Lewis, Friends of Nurragi

Nurragi Conservation Reserve: Enhancing Community Awareness

The Nurragi brochure (Nurragi Conservation Reserve: Following the old Sandergrove to Milang railway line: a Walker's Guide) is a vital tool for enhancing community awareness about the Reserve but is almost out of print. This project entails the reprinting of 3,000 copies of the brochure, to be installed in on-site brochure dispensers and at information centres at Strathalbyn, Milang and Goolwa. The project also includes voluntary work by the Friends of Nurragi to maintain the walking trail.


Huppatz Family Trust - Tony Huppatz

Further re-vegetation of dam and creek

The planting of 240 understorey (ie small trees, shrubs, sedges and rushes) with corflute guards (for 200 plants) in the 2 Hectare dam and creek area. We intend to provide an understorey to the existing and planted Eucalypts and provide more variety to the riparian zone together with further stabilisation of the spillway, its batter banks and the creek.


Gavin Malone

Lot50-Kanyanyapilla - Ecological and Cultural Signage

Design, fabrication and installation of signage outlining the geological, ecological and cultural history of Lot50-Kanyanyapiila (L50K) and the aims/facets of long term ecological regeneration.

McLaren Vale

McLaren Vale Grape Wine and Tourism Association

Sustainable Vineyards in the McLaren Vale Wine Region (2)

This project will build the capacity and capability of wine grape growers in The McLaren Vale Wine Region to adopt and continuously improve sustainable land management practices. Ten vineyards representing 150 ha will achieve certification under the National Wine Industry Sustainability Program – Sustainable Winegrowing Australia (SWA).

McLaren Vale

Adelaide Hills Wine Region

Improving Water and Soil Management Through Monitoring in the Adelaide Hills Wine Region

To promote education and behavioural change among grape growers in the Adelaide Hills to improve water and soil management through the broader adoption of soil-moisture and -temperature monitoring technology.


Biodiversity McLaren Vale

Maximising Habitat Restoration Success in the Willunga Basin into the Future in Partnership with Biodiversity McLaren Vale

To further support the landscape-scale habitat restoration objectives of the Tree Hugger program.

To permit the application of best-practice pre-planting site preparation and post-planting weed management by contracted bush care experts to maximise the opportunity for successful establishment of each individual Tree Hugger-sponsored plant.

Whites Valley

Sixth Creek Catchment Group

Re-establishing Biodiversity in Sustainable Riparian Habitats of the Sixth Creek

Weed eradication and rehabilitation at three riparian worksites from the top reaches of Sixth creek and down to the confluence of Sixth creek with the River Torrens.

To continue the rehabilitation of the only permanently flowing water course in the central Adelaide Hills and support diversity in this biodiversity hotspot.

Basket Range

Macclesfield Bushcare Group

Strengthening community connections with the cultural and conservation values of Macclesfield’s reserves and waterways.

To engage with the Peramangk people to build wider community connections with their cultural understanding of caring for country, and our local waterways. To develop interpretive information and signage in Macclesfield’s most well used reserves and hold a community event. To empower landholders to restore riparian habitats on their properties.


Angas River Catchment Group

Protecting and restoring high value habitat through weed control and revegetation.

To continue with important woody weed control and revegetation work on two Council reserves - the Forrest Road Reserve Complex containing 12 hectares of EPBC listed Peppermint Box Woodland and also the revegetated wetland area on North Parade, Strathalbyn.


The Forktree Project

The Forktree Project

Restoring an extensively cleared 53ha former pastoral property by planting c.15- 20,000 native trees and shrubs, and sequestering tens of thousands of tonnes of CO2 to help combat climate change. To set up a native seed nursery and rare seed orchard to grow native plants. To trial improved methods of calculating carbon for small/medium sized rural landowners. To educate community re environmental stewardship; provide curriculum-specific educational content to schools and model proactive sustainable practices.


Friends of Woorabinda Bushland Reserves Inc

Riparian Biodiversity and Habitat enhancement of the Woorabinda Bushland Reserves.

The removal of willow Salix species within the tributaries of the Reserves. Revegetation of the watercourse to improve the natural biodiversity so as to facilitate native habitat.


Trees For Life

Community Bushcare in the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula

Supervise volunteers to tackle high priority weeds in quality remnant bushland sites. Engage the community in meaningful onground action, contribute to biodiversity outcomes and address priority weed issues. An Introduction to Bushcare Workshop will also be held to train landholders and volunteers.


Finniss Catchment Group

Finniss River Riparian Improvement

To remove woody weeds in the riparian zone of the Finniss River between Alexandrina Road and the confluence of Bull Creek with the Finniss, allowing native species to regenerate and infilling where necessary.


Goolwa to Wellington Local Action Planning Association

Community Planting to reconstruct threatened habitat at JAKEM Farm

The continuation of large-scale habitat reconstruction at JAKEM Farm will be supported with a further 2,000 local native seedlings planted by community groups and volunteers at a planting event to be held in 2022.

St Ives

Goolwa to Wellington Local Action Planning Association

Growing Young Environmental Experts in the Coasts and Ranges

To connect young people with nature and for them to then share knowledge with fellow students and teachers via nature-based forums to develop stronger connections with the natural environment and deepen their understanding of environmental issues.


Fleurieu Farming Systems Inc (FFS)

Provision of a network of weather stations across the Fleurieu Peninsula with the data linked and available on the Fleurieu Farming Systems website

To establish a network with existing weather stations plus another 3 new weather stations across the Fleurieu Peninsula. The information from stations will be linked to our website so farmers will have access to real-time data from across the area.


National Trust of South Australia

Removal of priority weeds at National Trust SA reserves

This project will involve equipping and upskilling volunteers using professional bushcare contractors to identify and remove priority weed species from high-quality native vegetation including wetlands on National Trust SA reserves.


Hills Biodiversity Incorporated

Springs to Summit Habitat Regeneration Project -Extending the biodiversity value of the Mount Barker Summit area

To revegetate approximately 10 hectares, plus add paddock trees to 80 hectares of degraded land spread over four private properties in Mount Barker Summit.


Prospect Hill Bushland Group

Seeds to Seedlings – Propagating and Planting Threatened Plants of the Bull Creek Range

Training landholders in best-practice propagation and translocation protocols of seeds to augment or establish new subpopulations of species that are of conservation concern in the Bull Creek Range. This will help to increase species’ resilience against threatening processes such as fire and climate change.

McHarg Creek

Cape Jervis Coastal Community Group

Expand and protect high-biodiversity coastal heathland through weed control and revegetation

This project will:

- reduce the olive threat through weeding

- fund contractors to supplement volunteer weeding efforts freeing up more volunteer time for growing, planting and protecting rare and endangered plants

Cape Jervis

Girl Guides South Australia

Douglas Scrub weed removal, revegetation and community resources.

This project will undertake weed eradication of the Pedlar Creek and adjacent area.

Blewitt Springs

Friends of Mark Oliphant Conservation Park

Bandicoot Habitat Restoration in Mark Oliphant CP

Rehabilitating native vegetation through the reduction of invasive weeds in the former Loftia Park area of Mark Oliphant Conservation Park, thus restoring native vegetation and improving the quality and health of the habitat utilised by the endangered Southern Brown Bandicoot (Isoodon obesulus) and other fauna.


Friends of Black Hill & Morialta Inc

Black Hill Watercourse restoration

This project will undertake weed control works by hosting working bees with volunteers and engaging weed contractors to perform control works in high quality intact bushland. The outcome is to safeguard known threatened species habitat sites in the long term.


Goolwa to Wellington Local Action Planning Association

Hills and Coasts Community Group Alliance

This project will support the formation and administration of an alliance of environmentally focussed community groups working in the Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges and surrounding areas.


Trees Please! Landcare

Protection and regeneration of remnant native bush at The Cedars

To remove woody weeds from remnant native bush.


Patricia Les

Sheoak Hill Weed Management & Revegetation

To assist with reinstatement of a fence line lost in the fires and assist with targeted weed eradication focussing on five key areas of variegated & soft thistle and/or blackberry & broom.

Basket Range

Hindmarsh Island Landcare Group Inc.

Ferryman's Reserve: A developing biodiversity and educational resource for Hindmarsh Island's rehabilitation.

This project will engage a weed control contractor to continue weed eradication at Ferryman’s Reserve.

Hindmarsh Island