Grassroots Grants projects begin

Fifteen projects received more than $100,000 in funding in the first round of Grassroots Grants to be offered by the SA Arid Lands Landscape Board.

Projects include the reintroduction and monitoring of threatened species, soil conservation, control of pest plants, support for volunteer and community groups, provision of equipment for shared community use for wild dogs and support for the publication of an Adnyamathana book on plants of the Flinders Ranges.

Successful grants include two projects in the Port Augusta Quorn district, which was included in the SA Arid Lands region on 1 July 2020.

The successful projects are:

  • Andu assessment on Yappala Indigenous Protected Area
  • Reducing weed infestations in and around Beltana
  • Copley Community Garden – Stage 1
  • Threatened species reintroductions to Mallee Refuge
  • Environmental monitoring and protection of habitat refuges in the Gammon Ranges
  • Control of wild dogs in the Gawler Ranges
  • Wirti Valki Common Plants for the Commons
  • Pest animal control enclosures
  • Investigating population dynamics and declines of the threatened Thick-billed Grasswren
  • Control of pest weeds in the railway corridor of Pichi Richi Railway
  • Native Perennial Grass Production Demonstration Site
  • Biteback group 18 Freezer
  • Pepper Tree eradication along Depot Creek
  • Algebuckina Waterhole Protection project Stage 2
  • Pepper tree and athel pine eradication program at Pernatty Station

Applications were received for 35 projects totalling more than $270,000.

The Grassroots Grants will now occur across every Landscape region in South Australia annually. The next round of Grassroots grants is expected to open in April/May 2021, with grants to be awarded in July.

For additional details about the funded projects, go to https://landscape.sa.gov.au/saal/get-involved/grants-and-funding