The Advocate - APRIL 16 2019 - 2:00PM
Farmers and others can apply for Landcare grants through the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers' Association, to improve land and waterways and protect against flood damage.
Grants for Works: At the announement of the new $1.8 million Landcare Action Grants Program at West Kentish
"The Hodgman Liberal Government is working with the sector and community organisations to protect this important industry and sustain the productive soils, farm land, rivers and other natural resources that underpin this important sector," he said.
Potential grant recipients can go to the TFGA website now to access the program guidelines and submit the funding applications after Easter.
"We are thrilled to be working with the State Government and Landcare Tasmania," Mr Steel said.
"This program will assist land owners to further increase their contribution towards conservation and sustainable agriculture on farm including landscape and river health and land management practices.
"Farmers are known as one of the largest investors of public good natural resource management activities and through this program will continue that outstanding work."
Barbara Alsop, secretary of Mount Roland Rivercare Catchment Inc., said non-government organisations relied on grants to get the work done on the ground.
"We have a great volunteer base but without the money to pay for plants and big projects like willow removal which are expensive, we rely on these to keep going and do the good works that have been done in the past," she said.
Such as the work to stop erosion planting natives where willows or other weeds were removed.
Ms Alsop said in areas where native vegetation was planted previously at Kentish there was no erosion damage caused during the 2016 floods and it showed how valuable and effective the work was.