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Greening Australia gets more than $93,000 for Pilbara 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 Greening Australia (WA) Ltd was successful in receiving $93,800 under phase two of the program to improve vegetation, soils, fauna habitat and water quality on two stations in the Pilbara.

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

This grant will help Greening Australia do rehydration activities on two Pilbara stations – Yarrie Station and Yandeyarra Station – to improve the condition of rangelands.

“Earthworks and erosion mitigation structures will be strategically established to rehydrate the landscape after rain events, resulting in increased vegetation cover and improved soil moisture and health. Erosion mitigation will increase resilience of the land during severe weather events,” said Ms Price.

“It will also improve the habitat for the vulnerable Greater Bilby.”

Farm land managers will also benefit from a series of demonstration workshops increasing the awareness, knowledge and capability of pastoralists, their staff, Indigenous rangers and pastoral workers, to confidently adopt improved land management practices.

Greening Australia Manager, Dr Blair Parsons, said pastoral land in the Pilbara is a national biodiversity hotspot that supports an amazing and diverse environment, but a range of threats have impacted on landscape health, productivity and biodiversity.

“However, there is good practice driven by lessees, often aided by not-for-profit and private organisations and we hope to build on this,” he said.

“Greening Australia is going to work with pastoral land managers and Traditional Owners to implement rangelands rehydration measures on the ground.

“This grant represents a valuable opportunity to increase the capacity of stations and Indigenous rangers to undertake the work, demonstrate and share the impact of these techniques and, and ultimately, generate positive impacts for biodiversity and productivity in this unique landscape,” said Dr Parsons.

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

“Pastoral lands have been threatened for more than 75 years with limited progress in halting declines in land condition,” said Ms Price.

“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.”

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