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Arid Lands NRM Board announce community grant recipients

News release
25 July 2017

Posted 25 July 2017.

Fifteen community groups from across the South Australian Arid Lands region have been given a fresh injection of funds to assist them with a variety of on-ground natural resources management projects.

Announced today by the SA Arid Lands Natural Resources Management Board in Port Augusta, the successful recipients have been awarded up to $10,000 each to put towards activities including revegetation, pest plant and animal control, water resources management, soil erosion and conservation projects.

The Board’s Presiding Member Janet Brook said the Board were very pleased with the response.

“We had a terrific response from right across the region with applications coming in from a broad cross section of community groups including pastoralists, progress associations, volunteer and conservation groups and tourism operators.

“Amongst the successful projects are cactus control on North Flinders pastoral properties and at Arkaroola; soil conservation and erosion control at Wirrealpa; community gardens at Andamooka; goat control across several Olary Ranges properties; feral cat control on Arkaba Station; rabbit warren ripping on Billa Kalina Station; and pest control at Arid Recovery.”

“That’s just to name a few,” she said.

“Several of the projects - including revegetation projects at Marree, and Hookey’s Waterhole protection on Allandale Station - are also working in partnership with Aboriginal communities to incorporate traditional knowledge.”

Importantly, much of the investment is going towards ongoing projects that work across the landscape; this allows the groups to continue to build on their existing gains.

For the Board’s investment, the projects will deliver additional returns through in-kind investments, local employment and ongoing biodiversity and sustainable agricultural benefits.

Funds were leveraged from the Australian Government’s National Landcare program.

Under the terms of the project on-ground works must be completed by 30 March 2018.

Click here for a summary of the successful grants .