Local landholders and community groups are encouraged to apply for funding to help improve soil condition and water quality in the Swan-Avon river system.
Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, officially opened Round 2 of the Healthy Soils Healthy Rivers programme on behalf of the Perth NRM, the Wheatbelt NRM and the Department of Parks and Wildlife (Swan River Trust) today.
“The Coalition Government has committed nearly $20million to the Perth NRM and the Wheatbelt NRM over four years to help drive sustainable agriculture, as well as support the protection, conservation and rehabilitation of Australia’s natural environment,” Mr Porter said.
“Under the Healthy Soils Healthy Rivers programme local landholders and community groups have access to $365,000 of funding between now and June 2018 for soil testing, nutrient management and crop performance advice and one-on-one support for the adoption of better nutrient management practices.
“The first grant round closed in April 2015 and received strong interest from farmers and their representative organisations, with more than 45 different property owners throughout the Swan Region participating in the programme.”
Mr Porter said the Healthy Soils Healthy Rivers programme is jointly funded by the Western Australian Government and the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme, which is a key part of the Coalition’s $2 billion investment over four years in managing natural resources.
“The National Landcare Programme contributes and enables communities to identify local priorities and develop on-ground solutions to local issues,” he said.
“It is a key driver in delivering on the Government’s commitment to support productivity, competitiveness and sustainability of Australia’s primary industries, and good management of natural resources.