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Soil Health Funding Available

Riparian zone protection fencingNorth Coast Local Land Services is encouraging landholders in the Dorrigo Plateau and Upper Nymboida River Catchment to apply for funding grants for soil health and soil conservation projects before the 30 November deadline.

The Dorrigo Plateau and Upper Nymboida River Catchment area supports a number of highly productive agricultural systems including vegetables, dairying and intensive beef production. Healthy sustainable soils underpin these industries and in turn these industries contribute to our local community through food production.

A maximum of $10,000 per year over three years is available on a 1:1 cash or in-kind contribution to the project from participating landholders. Activities that will be funded include:

  • soil conservation earthworks to prevent soil erosion on cultivated land
  • dairy infrastructure upgrades such as concreting of dairy laneways, improvements to dairy effluent systems (e.g. extending effluent irrigation pipe, installation of solids traps and cement pads to capture, store and recycle dairy solids) and soil testing to assess serviceable life of effluent re-use area
  • works to reduce stream bank erosion, improve water quality, native vegetation, agricultural productivity and soil health through best-practice grazing management (eg. off stream water troughs, piping, stock fencing, native vegetation management)

This project is supported by North Coast Local Land Services, through funding from the National Landcare Programme and Catchment Action NSW.

To apply or receive more information, please contact Selina Miller on 6604 1112 or e-mail selina.miller@lls.nsw.gov.au. Applications close 5:00 pm on Friday 30 November 2015.

Media contact:
Selina Miller, Land Services Officer
Phone 02 6604 1112

Photo caption:
Funding can be used for projects such as stock fencing that protects riparian zones