What funding is available to help me improve my farm practices?
It has been recognized that for many individuals or businesses (including farms) to improve their operations they may need financial or technical assistance in the early days.
However, changing your practices should not be seen as a financial burden. In fact the opposite is often true. For example having a better understanding of your soil and its nutrient requirements will save you money sooner than you may think...enabling you to run your business better.
However, we recognize that for many landowners margins are tight and finding that initial money to protect your drains, establish vegetation corridors and establish perennial pastures is not easy. For that reason the Wilson Inlet Catchment Committee has generous grants available for a range of activities.
You should contact Lynn Heppell (upper catchment) on 9851-2697 or Craig Carter (lower catchment) on 9848-2955 to apply for funding assistance.
The current grants are:
- $2500/km for fencing of waterways (natural or artificial) in the priority catchments of the Sleeman, Cuppup and Lake Saide sub-catchments (learn more)
- $2000/km for fencing of waterways (natural or artificial) in the rest of the catchment. (learn more)
- $2000/km for fencing of bushland.
- $450/ha to revegetate waterways or bushland. (learn more)
- $60/ha to establish perennial pastures. (learn more)
- Other funds are also available from time to time for soil testing, liming subsidies or other works.
- In addition the Wilson Inlet Catchment Committee can help you with larger funding applications (up to $50,000) through grants such as the Australian Government Envirofund.