Grant Round Currently Open (closes 10 Jan 2022)
Purpose – Conserve Biodiversity Hotspots in the Hastings Region
Locations- Dams, wetlands, river and rainforest in the Port Macquarie Hastings Local Government Area.
Activities- Fencing, bush regen, off-stream watering, weed control, native species planting, etc.
Amount- Up to $10,000
Applications Close- 10th January 2022
Hastings Landcare aims to enhance biodiversity hotspots in the region with their latest project. The project will enhance biodiversity hotspots being dams, wetlands, rivers and rainforest in the Hastings Local Government Area. This project will economically support rural areas by supporting farmers, purchasing materials locally and through the use of local contractors. Environmentally these projects will enhance biodiversity hot spots, particularly those associated with water to build long term resilience to our landscapes and waterways. This project is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and the New South Wales governments under the Bushfire Local Economic Fund.
This community led project supports best practice sustainable agriculture by increasing on farm biodiversity and improving water quality. Port Macquarie Hastings Council Biosecurity Officer Matt Bell says, “the agriculture, forestry and fishing sectors are reliant on biodiversity conservation and good water quality’. Eligible activities will include native species planting, fencing, weed control, alternative stock watering points, etc. Landholder contributions and in-kind works will be required.
Hastings Landcare has a large network of rural landholders and we believe community connections build community resilience. Through this project we hope to strengthen the Landcare Network and welcome more landholders and supporters to our group. Hastings Landcare President Peter Fitzroy says, ‘connecting rural landholders together equals strong community connections, resilience and an effective ability to overcome problems’. Hastings Landcare is inclusive and open to all.
Landholders from the Port Macquarie Hastings Region will be invited to express their interest in the project via an application. This application will be sent out to the Hastings Landcare mailing list when the first round opens. It is expected that there will be four rounds that will give landholders the opportunity to apply. Landholders will be chosen based on pre-set criteria relating to biodiversity and water improvement, capacity to deliver and value for money. If you would like further information or an application form you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 0467 864 465.