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Landholders encouraged to focus on river health and soil conservation

Black cattle behind fenceNorth Coast Local Land Services is joining forces with Clarence Valley Council to encourage landholders in the Dorrigo and Upper Nymboida River Catchment area to apply for funding grants to undertake projects that reduce sediment and nutrient runoff into waterways and enhance native vegetation and biodiversity.

The Dorrigo and Upper Nymboida River catchment area supports a number of highly productive agricultural systems including vegetable, dairying and beef production and is the catchment area for the Regional Water Supply Scheme which services the communities of the Clarence Valley and Coffs Harbour.

Sustainable management of soil, vegetation and water underpins the long term social, economic and environmental benefits provided to the local community by these agricultural industries and the Regional Water Supply Scheme.

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

  • Restoration of riverbank vegetation including fencing off stock from waterway, installation of troughs, weed control and native species revegetation.
  • Soil conservation earth works to prevent soil erosion, sedimentation and agricultural runoff entering waterways. This may include stock crossings, dairy laneways and sediment and drainage control techniques on cultivated land.

Selina Miller, Land Services Officer, said of the funding, “We’ve been working with farmers on the Dorrigo Plateau over the last twelve months to investigate ways to improve soil, reduce erosion and protect the catchment.

“With funding from the National Landcare Programme and Catchment Action NSW we were able to offer similar grant funding in 2015 and we are very pleased that Clarence Valley Council has made this additional funding available so that landholders can continue to participate.”

To apply or receive more information visit the North Coast Local Land Services website or contact Selina Miller on 6604 1112 or e-mail selina.miller@lls.nsw.gov.au. Applications close 5:00 pm on 18 November.

Media contact:

Selina Miller, Land Services Officer, Phone: 6604 1112

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Funding can be used for projects such as stock fencing to protect riparian zones