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Landscape Priorities Fund

Landscape Priorities Fund

The Landscape Priorities Fund is funded from landscape levies collected by Green Adelaide 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.

The fund is established by the Landscape South Australia Act 2019 and enables investment in large, landscape scale projects addressing regional and cross-regional priorities.

Key partners in the work of landscape boards include the South Australian Government, Australian Government, Department for Environment and Water, Department of Primary Industries and Regions, local councils across the state, environmental, landcare, agricultural and production groups, community groups, individual champions, volunteers and businesses.

The list of projects funded each year is set out below.

For further detail on projects and project partners, please contact the relevant landscape board.

2021/22 projects

Weed warriors of our waterways: eradicating priority pests for a healthy river

  • Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board
  • $808,978
  • This funding will support coordination throughout the region, to pursue landscape scale restoration and repair within riverine ecological communities, via the management of aquatic and invasive weeds which have a significant negative impact on the health of River Murray lagoons, wetlands and feeder creeks. This will leverage 10 years of invasive weed control in the river channel.

Resilient Coastal Ecosystems in Northern and Yorke Caring for our Coastal Way – Sustainable ways to showcase and protect our coast

  • Northern and Yorke Landscape Board
  • $969,900
  • This project, developed in partnership with the Northern & Yorke Regional Alliance and Legatus “Coastal Council Alliance”, aims to build the resilience of the natural Northern and Yorke coastline, to achieve a viable coastal eco-system which supports and enhances sustainable coastal communities and tourism opportunities.

Eyes on Eyre – restoring the health of Eyre Peninsula’s coastal environment

  • Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board
  • $710,000
  • The sustainable management of our coastal environment, especially in the face of climate change, is vital for the survival of threatened ecosystems and species, and in underpinning the growth of our regional communities, our economy, wellbeing and, way of life. This project will enable stakeholders throughout the region to provide much needed protection and enhancement of Eyre Peninsula’s stunning coastal environment, through track rationalisation, revegetation, pest control and the development of educational signage.

Pathways to Compliance - Farmed Deer

This project will support small farmers with a novel pathway to farmed deer compliance. This de-stocking initiative will provide deer farmers, who are prepared to exit the industry at a no-cost option, with the opportunity to humanely manage unsaleable animals. This innovative approach will help reduce the environmental, agricultural, and safety risk posed by feral deer.

Regenerating Catchments in the Mid North Farmscape

  • Northern and Yorke Landscape Board
  • $328,565
  • This project will work with stakeholders to carry out on-ground work and capacity building aimed at improving the condition and productivity of the mid-north farming landscape. This funding will support delivery of outcomes to increase the health of the landscape including improvement of soil health and permeability, reduced erosion, improvements to sustainable agricultural practices (water management, shelter belts, increased soil cover, increased awareness of carbon neutral farming), threat abatement activities within remnant native vegetation (weed control, stock access, water-point relocation), contributing to local biodiversity (woodland birds) and environmental services

2020/21 projects

The removal of feral cats from Dudley Peninsula

  • Kangaroo Island Landscape Board
  • $350,000
  • This funding will support the ongoing program aimed at removing feral cats from the Dudley Peninsula. This project will deal quickly and efficiently with ‘trap shy’ cats that are left behind or sneak past the control front, taking refuge in bushland and farmland shelter belts. These are the hardest cats to control because they are warier, and require different techniques and skills to outwit them.

Natural Resource Centres Building Capacity

  • Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board
  • $318,964
  • This project will provide critical funding to enable the Natural Resources Centres across the Hills and Fleurieu, Northern and Yorke and Green Adelaide regions to support the community to participate in practical landscape management and restoration activities by providing volunteer projects, schools education, capacity building activities, and information, resources and equipment to the community.

Stopping the Spread of Feral Deer

  • Limestone Coast Landscape Board
  • $350,000
  • This multi-region project aims to identify and eradicate new and emerging satellite incursions of feral deer, and survey and monitor existing feral populations to establish population reduction targets. Feral deer populations are now at their highest since introduction in the 1880’s, and impact agricultural industries, the environment and human safety.

Returning Functionality to South Olary Plains

  • Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board
  • $700,000
  • This ambitious, landscape scale and multi tenure project aims to implement practical restoration activities to restore unique and sensitive landscapes across the South Olary Plains by working with landholders, traditional owners, eNGOS and volunteers.

Optimising Kangaroo Management in SA

  • SA Arid Lands Landscape Board
  • $350,000
  • This multi region, multi partner project addresses the significant threat posed by over-abundant kangaroos to the condition and resilience of rangelands ecosystems and the enterprises they support. The project will establish a Kangaroo Management Partnership and bring together key stakeholders to explore and trial shared solutions to the problem of over-abundant kangaroos. This will deliver environmental, economic and social benefits to South Australians.

Camel and Buffel Grass Control

  • Alinytjara Wilurara Landscape Board
  • $742,512
  • This project aims to protect water resources, sustainable production and threatened species that are under significant pressures from overgrazing by camels and the widespread and rampant distribution of buffel grass in the APY lands.

Towards Eradication – 20 weeds by 2023

  • Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board
  • $600,000
  • This project will see the Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board work with a range of partners and land managers to develop eradication plans for 20 regional priority weeds, as well as supporting weed management in sensitive landscapes including recent fire scars.

Restoring coastal and marine habitats for wildlife conservation

  • Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board
  • $250,000
  • The Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board will deliver two sub projects: 1) Our Plover Coast and 2) Seeds for Snapper. Our Plover Coast – working with community groups and local councils, the dune systems from Myponga Beach to Goolwa will have introduced grasses removed, and be revegetated with the local native spinifex vegetation association. Seeds for Snapper – Working with OzFish the Seeds for Snapper seagrass restoration project will be undertaken at Lady Bay and possibly Encounter Bay. The project involves working with volunteers to collect seagrass seeds from the beach and ocean, and take them to a holding facility. The seeds are then sorted and sown into sandbags, and distributed to recreational fishers, who deploy them out into the bay.

A strategic approach to water security in a changing climate

  • Limestone Coast Landscape Board
  • $500,000
  • This project will see the Limestone Coast Landscape Board work with multiple partners to address strategic, immediate and practical water management issues.