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Local climate resilience projects receive funding boost

News release
07 May 2019

Two South East sustainable agriculture groups have recently received a boost to support new climate adaptation projects in the region.

The South East Natural Resources Management (SE NRM) Board’s ‘Agricultural Industries Adapting to Variable Climates and Markets’ grants have been awarded to the Grasslands Society of Southern Australia (Limestone Coast Branch) and the Coorong Tatiara Local Action Plan (CTLAP), each receiving $7500 to support their projects.

The Grasslands Society’s project will establish a trial site around Penola or Avenue Range to trial different types of clover and determine persistence and animal health. The results of the trial will be available as fact sheets, and a landholder workshop at the end of the year.

CTLAP also received funding to install soil moisture probes and a weather station.

CTLAP Sustainability Officer Tracey Strugnell said the project will help farmers gather more precise data.

“The results of these trials will help to drive informed decisions that take climate trends into consideration,” Tracey said.

“CTLAP is excited to receive the boost. The project will enhance knowledge of soil moisture under different pasture types and with the installation of a much needed weather station we will also be able to add to and improve access to weather data.”

“Our work is complementing other projects already being done around improving soil production and water use across the landscape, so it’s great to have the support of the SE NRM Board to be able to continue.”

Natural Resources South East Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change Senior Project Officer Nicola Turner said the funding was awarded to projects that encourage uptake of best practice agriculture in a changing climate.

“We want to support projects that develop knowledge, and build landholder resilience when it comes to adapting to climate change,” Nicola said.

“It’s important to support locals to ensure sustainability in our industries, to promote business, and protect the environment for generations to come.”

This project is supported by the South East Natural Resources Management Board, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

For more information on these projects, or on upcoming grants contact Nicola Turner nicola.turner2@sa.gov.au.

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