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Grassroots Grants Help the Heart and Health of our Landscapes

News release
21 September 2022
Grassroots Grants Help the Heart and Health of our Landscapes
In the 3 years since its inception, almost 90 projects have been funded through the Grassroots Grants program with an investment of more than $1 million.

The Grassroots Grants program puts the community at the heart of landscape management.

In 2022-2023, the grants will achieve outcomes in biodiversity, citizen science, revegetation, plant control across almost 30 community led projects.

More than $340,000 of funds collected through the landscape levies will be reinvested by community groups to improve regional environmental sustainability in the Riverland and Murraylands.

The projects are encouraging and engaging the community to address a range of environmental issues including weed and pest animal control, revegetation work and the prevention of soil erosion.

Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board chair, Di Davidson AM, said that the landscape board’s flagship Grassroots Grant program provides local communities with the opportunity to improve the sustainability of their local environment and to make a difference to the range of landscapes across the region.

“In 2022-2023, the Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board has funded 26 community organisations to undertake some very worthwhile grassroots projects across the region, putting people at the heart of regional landscape management,” said Ms Davidson.

“The landscape board is supporting these projects with more than $340,000 of funds collected through the landscape levies, reinvesting this money to improve regional environmental sustainability,” she added.

“These grants are our key way of enabling great community ideas to be tried and delivered. These groups work tirelessly across our region to conserve and to improve our landscapes. The landscape board is so proud of the community groups that are leading the way and of the way the landscape board can assist. These are the heroes at the heart of landscape management and the landscape board is fortunate to have such passionate partners.”

The Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board has supported these grants since its inception and is looking to fund community projects across the region on an annual basis. These projects can be large or small scale, but they have one thing in common – the difference they make to the Murraylands and Riverland region.

2022-2023 Grassroots Grant projects include:

  • Mulgundawa to Monarto South Biodiversity Links Project | Goolwa to Wellington LAP
  • Easy access NDVI imaging for Mallee seep management tool | Mallee Sustainable Farming Inc
  • Loveday Swamp Spiny Rush Control | Barmera Moorook Field and Game
  • Revegetation of waste land | District Council of Karoonda East Murray
  • Community birdwatching in the Riverland | Australian Birdwatching Inc

View the full list of Grassroots Grant funded projects.