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Kimberley land conservation group gets $100,000 for soil rehabilitation under Smart Farms grants

Seven land care groups across the Durack electorate will benefit from eight, Federal Government, Landcare Smart Farms Small Grants to adapt to change, innovate and become more sustainable.

Federal Member for Durack and Assistant Minister for the Environment, Melissa Price, said she was pleased to announce the West Kimberley Land Conservation District Committee, was successful in receiving $100,000 under phase two of the program to undertake its project: ‘Bringing Soils Back to Life Through Water Ponding’.

“Smart Farms Small Grants support land managers to implement more sustainable agricultural practices and increase productivity,” she said.

This grant will help the West Kimberley Land Conservation District Committee demonstrate rehabilitation of scalded soil through water ponding and improved grazing management practices in the northern Rangelands of Western Australia.

“Farm land managers and the community will benefit from increased awareness of making rainfall available to plants, increased rainfall infiltration into the soil, reduced soil erosion and soil run off into creeks and rivers,” Ms Price said.

“Historical overgrazing has left a legacy of degraded patches known as scalds across the Kimberley region. Scalded soil essentially contains no life and rainfall runs off quickly causing erosion and destructive flooding.

“Water ponding slows water flow, giving rainfall an opportunity to soak into the soil where it can be used for plant growth.”

It is important for the health of native flora and fauna and local communities living on properties and river banks to restore scalded soils and ensure rainfall and infiltrate into the soil.

The Assistant Minister for the Environment said Aussie land carers have a huge job managing 61 per cent of this nation’s land.

“These grants of between $5,000 and $100,000 will support land care groups and farmers through new tools, methods and technology they need for their world-leading sustainable practices,” she said.

“The first round of funding was highly competitive, attracting over 800 applications. I strongly encourage those who missed out under round one, to seek feedback on their application and to apply under future rounds.”

For more information about the National Landcare Program, visit:

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