KI Grassroots Grants in 2022-23

Successful Grassroots Grants projects in 2022-23 include:

Project name



Back Paddock wetland revegetation and stock / vehicle access crossing

Kangaroo Island Community Education: Parndana Campus

To work with year 10 and 11 KICE students to:

  • construct 400 m of fencing around a wetland
  • select and plant 200 native plant seedlings in the wetland to provide habitat for native wildlife, a windbreak for stock and reduce salinity
  • construct an all-weather creek crossing to reduce waterlogging.

Controlling weeds with drones

Landholder in Gosse

Control African boxthorn, salvation Jane and African daisy over 100 ha using a drone to:

  • reduce fuel loads and bushfire hazards
  • increase pasture productivity.

Shelterbelt revegetation and access control in Duncan

Landholder in Duncan

Construct three shelterbelts over 1.2 ha, protect with 700 m of fencing and plant with 1200 diverse native plant species to:

  • create windbreaks
  • shelter stock
  • provide habitat to native birds.

Interpretive signage Emu Bay foreshore

Kangaroo Island Wildlife Network

Produce films of local scientists/researchers speaking about local native animal(s), to be accessed through QR codes on four interpretive signs along the Emu Bay foreshore, to connect the general public with the natural environment.

Shoal Bay coastal rehabilitation project

BirdLife Kangaroo Island

Plant 550 native plant seedlings to restore coastal mallee at two community field days at Shoal Bay to:

  • improve coastal and bush bird habitat
  • restore KI coastal habitat with a balance of mallee, mid and understorey species
  • prevent erosion and weed invasion in a coastal area
  • increase community knowledge and awareness of coastal rehabilitation and of appropriate species to plant in exposed coastal locations.

Bush kindy for bush birds

Kangaroo Island Children's Services

To support the delivery of the KI Bush Kindy to 60 preschoolers and connect them with KI bird projects and undertake activities including:

  • identifying shore and bush birds and uploading data collected to Birdlife Australia database
  • printing and distributing 1000 Birds of KI booklets for distribution to KI preschoolers
  • painting and installing 60 pardalote bird boxes
  • collecting and planting 100 drooping sheoak seeds for glossy black-cockatoos.

Land Care Fencing

Landholder in Seddon

To protect regenerating native vegetation and windbreaks from stock through replacing 2.3 km of fencing burnt in the 2019-20 bushfires.

Increasing the population of barn owls on Dudley Peninsula

Clover Communications

To purchase and distribute 20 owl nesting boxes around the Dudley Peninsula to assist owls to increase and predate on mice following the removal of feral cats.

Data for Purpose — making dolphin research effort count

Kangaroo Island / Victor Harbor Dolphin Watch

To gain a greater understanding of common bottlenose dolphins and shortbeaked common dolphins through undertaking and analysing 12 photographic surveys (1 per month) of dolphin numbers, behaviours, aggregations etc. at North Cape, Dashwood Bay, Emu Bay, Stokes Bay, Nepean Bay, American River and Hog Bay.