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Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation receives $98,000 for land care

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 Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation in the Pilbara was successful in receiving two grants under phase two of the program.

One grant of $50,000 will help the corporation trial whether native indigenous plants and native high-protein grasses can adapt to the changing landscape and fluctuating climate, with trial results expected to make reseeding operations more successful in the Pilbara and Kimberley, and improve landscape biodiversity and farm productivity.

Ms Price said pastoral land managers in the Pilbara would benefit from cost effective systems that would lead to soil health, a reduction in salinity, and improving animal health, weight and fertility.

“Under this project, landscape biodiversity will be improved by replacing mono-cultures of grasslands, particularly in land remediation, with a greater choice of plants and grasses leading to improved landscape remediation,” she said.

Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation also received $48,000 for Indigenous Rangers to protect the Pilbara’s environmental assets. The grant will help the corporation promote native biodiversity across an extensive indigenous land parcel through reducing invasive weeds, improving riverine biodiversity, encouraging soil health and re-seeding native grass and plant species.

Ms Price said pastoral land managers and Aboriginal communities in the Pilbara will benefit by encouraging pastoralists to adopt improved methods of re-seeding on a large scale.

“Indigenous communities will also be encouraged to participate in environmental projects that maintain cultural land practices while merging them with modern technologies and scientific understanding, paving the way to pass on healthy soils, biodiversity, vegetation and waterways to their children and grandchildren,” she said.

Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation General Manager, Philip Davies, said it was great for the community.

“It will be great for capacity building and enable us to develop training and employment on country,” he said.

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

“The 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: www.nrm.gov.au.

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