- Last updated:
- 08 Feb 2016
To be successful you will need a well-planned project. When planning your project you should do the following:
- discuss your project with a conservation partnerships officer during the site visit
- ensure project outcomes are clear and well-defined
- ensure project can be easily completed within a reasonable time-frame (usually 12 months)
- divide larger projects into smaller easily-achieved stages
- understand that applications for a large amount of funding may require the project area to be subject to a protective mechanism, e.g. tree preservation order or conservation covenant
- if possible, discuss your project with other landholders who have undertaken similar projects.
Council strongly recommends that any contractors you engage for control of environmental weeds, bush regeneration, revegetation and fencing activities are recognised providers, with proven experience in this field. A list of contractors utilised by council can be supplied if required or you may wish to seek quotes from other businesses with similar skills and experience.
If you are planning to engage contractors, please provide details of the contractor/s in the application (company, contact person, phone number etc.).
Fencing to restrict stock access to significant vegetation, wetlands, or riparian areas
Fencing must be for the prevention or restriction of livestock access to re-vegetation plots, remnant vegetation, wetlands or waterways – creek or river banks.
Please include in your application the type of fencing and an estimate of the length of fencing you wish to install.
The proposed location of the fence line must be clearly shown on your project map. It is preferred that fencing be of ‘wildlife-friendly’ design. In most cases this can be achieved simply by using a plain wire for the top and bottom strands. There are also other techniques for minimising the impact of fencing on wildlife, which can be discussed with a conservation partnership officer during the site visit.
If engaging a contractor, fencing costs should generally be less than $15/metre, depending on the type of fence and the terrain. Some landholders are able to erect fences themselves, but need assistance with material costs. This is usually in the vicinity of $3-7/metre depending on the type of fence.
Some additional points for fencing with particular regard to fencing along waterways:
- Generally, or where practical, fences should be situated on the high bank to reduce the likelihood of damage by flooding.
- Permanent fencing is preferable, however funding for electric fencing (except charging units) will be considered for staged projects or areas that are subjected to repeated flooding.
Installing off-stream stock watering points and stock crossings
The project design must demonstrate the potential for mitigation or prevention of erosion on a waterway. Access to the waterway by stock must be prevented by existing fence or fencing as part of this project.
It is important to ensure that relevant permits regarding in-stream works and waterway barrier works have been obtained from the relevant state government department.
Management of environmental weeds and bush regeneration
Control techniques should be appropriate for the area being rehabilitated. A Conservation Partnerships Officer can assist you with determining appropriate strategies and techniques for control of environmental weeds during the site visit.
If you are applying for funds to purchase herbicide for the control of environmental weeds, please undertake the necessary research to ensure that the herbicide is registered for that use and the most appropriate.
Applications should list the main types of weeds to be controlled and give an indication of the area of weed control to be undertaken.
Weed management activities need to be directed at protecting remnant vegetation areas or rehabilitating degraded areas.
Revegetation of degraded areas
Plants used for revegetation must be locally native, appropriate for the area being re-vegetated and no larger than tube stock. Tube stock is sometimes called Native Tube or Forestry Tube and is generally 50 mm square and 125 mm deep in size. Exception will be made for certain species that are difficult to obtain in tube stock size.
A conservation partnerships officer can assist you in developing an appropriate species list for your re-vegetation project after the site visit.
In order to be successful, a revegetation project needs to be well-planned, as each stage often depends on good timing to coincide with favourable weather conditions or other factors. It is essential to consider elements such as frost, flooding, seasonal rainfall, availability of contractors and availability of suitable tube stock for your planting.
If you are purchasing large numbers of tube stock, you should expect to pay $1.65/plant or less. If you are seeking high cost re-vegetation materials in addition to tube stock (e.g. tree guards or contract labour) the cost effectiveness of your re-vegetation will be taken into consideration by the assessment panel.
Reducing sediment loss on farms
Projects to help reduce the loss of soil from farms and thereby mitigate the negative impacts on our waterways often require site specific advice from experts. Please contact a Conservation Partnership Officer to help you design your project.
Modifying fencing to make it wildlife friendly
The fence must be located in, or adjacent to an area of natural vegetation and have a history of or be considered likely to kill or injure wildlife.
A property map with your proposed project clearly defined must be included with your application. Clearly show the location and extent of the project on the map. If your grant application is for a stage in a long-term project, please mark all the stages on the map and focus your planning on the current stage. Maps may be hand-drawn and posted in to council or created online using council’s online mapping tool, and attach to your on-line application.