Funding Success for Local Landcare Groups
Friday, 3 May 2019
Smart Farm grants have been awarded to projects in the Toowoomba region to help farmers adopt sustainable and innovative land and natural resource management practices.
Member for Groom John McVeigh said the funding was provided through Round 2 of the Smart Farms Small Grants program to reward innovative proposals that improve farming practices and boost productivity.
“These grants are about encouraging Aussie farmers to adopt tools and practices that lead to a more sustainable and profitable agricultural sector,” Dr McVeigh said.
“Almost $9.25 million in grants have been awarded to 110 projects across the country.
“I am particularly proud of the successful projects put forward by the North East Downs Landcare Group and the South Myall Catchment Landcare Group that will focus on improving soil health and using organic matter on old cropping country in the region.”
North East Downs Landcare Group and South Myall Landcare Group will receive $49,775 and $54,532 respectively to work collaboratively with local farmers on soil health and nutrition.
Applications for round two of the Smart Farms Small Grants opened in November last year and attracted more than 638 grant applications from across the country.
Smart Farms is part of the Part of the $1.1 billion second phase of the National Landcare Program.
For more information on the Smart Farms program visit: agriculture.gov.au.
Media Contact: Clare Siddins 0427 200 674
Photo: Visiting one of the trial sites on the Silverleigh - Kingsthorpe Road, Kelvinhagh with representatives of North East Downs Landcare Group and South Myall Catchment Landcare
L-R: John McVeigh, Graham Schulz, Ashley Bolz, Cheryl Vonhoff and Graeme Cook