Landholder grants available to help with conservation projects
  • Thursday 07 July 2011

Sunshine Coast rural landholders looking to carry out conservation work on their property are encouraged to apply for a grant under council’s Landholder Environment Grants program.

The Landholder Environment Grant program, funded by your environment levy, aims to help rural landholders carry out on-ground projects that help restore degraded areas and protect our region’s natural values.

Planting native trees to improve wildlife habitat, fencing waterways to exclude cattle and other livestock, soil erosion control and pest management are just a few examples of the type of projects council can help with.

Council officers are on hand to offer advice and support to people who are keen to apply, with expressions of interest open from Monday 1 August until Friday 19 August 2011. An application process will follow.

Environment Portfolio Councillor Keryn Jones said rural landholders play a big part in protecting the Sunshine Coast’s biodiversity as almost 75 per cent of our region’s our natural areas are in private ownership.

"With the Sunshine Coast covering 3127 square kilometres of land, council and the community need to work together to protect as much of it as we can," Cr Jones said.

"The Landholder Environment Grants gives rural landholders financial help for conservation work they may already be doing or have always wanted to do.

"I encourage anyone who has an idea for a project to contact council."

Landholders can apply for assistance to carry out projects such as:

  • fencing to restrict stock access to significant vegetation, creeks and rivers
  • installing off-stream stock watering points and stock crossings
  • revegetation of degraded areas or to establish vegetation corridors
  • soil conservation works, sediment and erosion control
  • control of environmental weeds to rehabilitate native vegetation areas
  • restoring habitat for rare or threatened species
  • modification of existing fencing to make it more wildlife friendly.

A second round of funding will be offered from 6 February 2012.

Visit council's website for the Landholder Environment Grant guidelines, factsheet and to view the application process or call 5475 7272.