Natural Resources awards $145,000 funding to community
More than 20 local projects will receive a total of $145,000 in funding through the Northern and Yorke Natural Resources Management Board's 2014-2015 Community Grants program.
Recipients range from local government, community groups, schools and other educational organisations, and have been awarded grants ranging from $500 - $25,000 each.
Northern and Yorke Natural Resources Management Board Presiding Member Caroline Schaefer said this year the categories were diversified.
"For this round of funding we sought applications in the areas of Farmer First, Cities and Towns, Sustainable Development, New Impact on the Landscape, Soil, Community Voice, Next Generation, Pest and Weeds, and Water," she said.
"Recipients of this funding have a real opportunity to make a difference to natural resources in the Northern and Yorke region, it's also a wonderful opportunity to develop community skills, meet new people and bring about other environmental rewards.
"Grant recipients are also renowned to go on to win prestigious state NRM awards for their work so it's a real chance to be recognised for the role they are playing in local natural resource management."
One of the major beneficiaries of this round of funding is the District Council of Mount Remarkable, which has been awarded $24,000 to assist with a bushfire revegetation project at Bangor.
Three organisations were awarded $10,000 each, including the Hart Field-Site Group to help improve grower understanding of soils, the Biodiversity and Endangered Species Team to undertake a survey of the Alligator Basin Ecological Burn, and Friends of Spring Gully Conservation Park for the protection of the watercourse from invasive weeds.
Other grant recipients range from the Friends of Hooded Plover group to assess the health of Yorke Peninsula's Hooded Plovers, to the establishment of a bush garden at Quorn Area School, and Aleppo Pine removal on the Southern Yorke Peninsula to threatened orchid survey and monitoring in the Northern and Yorke region.