Region receives funding boost

Posted 26 May 2021.

The Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board will receive $700,000 to fund our partners to assist us in restoring the environment of the South Olary Plains under the inaugural round of the Marshall Liberal Government’s Landscape Priorities Fund.

Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said Landscape SA is about building partnerships, rolling up your sleeves and working together to support our landscapes to thrive – leading to healthy and resilient communities, sustainable production, prosperous businesses and flourishing ecosystems.

“The Landscape Priorities Fund is a significant change to how landscape levies are collected and distributed and will deliver practical projects which wouldn’t have been possible under the old system,” Ministers Speirs said.

Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board Ecology Team Leader Dr Wendy Stubbs said this funding will support critical work to restore a self-sufficient, resilient, functioning, culturally rich ecosystem that is valued by all.

“This project will work with the Living Landscapes Group made up of landholders, traditional owners, non-government organisations and volunteers to implement practical restoration activities to restore the unique and sensitive landscapes,” Dr Stubbs said.

“Occupying an area as great as Kangaroo Island, the South Olary Plains landscape is more than 850,000 hectares of land north of Berri in South Australia, where the River Murray meets the outback.

“We are also joining with the SA Arid Lands Landscape Board on a multi-region, multi-partner project to address the significant threat posed by over-abundant kangaroos to deliver environmental, economic and social benefits to South Australians,” she said.

Dr Stubbs said these two projects would help our region to thrive.

Projects will commence in June 2021. For more information, visit the Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board website.

The Landscape Priorities Fund is funded from landscape levies collected in the Adelaide metropolitan area and redistributed to South Australia’s regional landscape boards to enable them to work in partnership with other groups and individuals and invest in environmental projects.


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