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$10,000 IN GRANTS FOR COMMUNITY BASED NRM PROJECTS IN SA ARID LANDS – HURRY

Community groups in South Australia’s arid lands can apply for grants of up to $10,000 from State funding to carry out local landcare and watercare projects.

Environment and Conservation Minister Jay Weatherill last week announced the grants scheme as part of a package of natural resources management (NRM) reforms that are designed to renew the focus on community-based NRM work.

“This is a great opportunity for community groups and the SAAL Board is always keen to increase their involvement in local projects,” said Mr John Gavin, General Manager of the SA Arid Lands (SAAL) Natural Resources Management Board.

“A variety of activities will be considered including fencing watercourses, trialling sustainable farming practices and undertaking pest control works.”
Community groups interested in submitting an application to the grants scheme are strongly encouraged to visit www.nrm.sa.gov.au, or contact the SAAL NRM Board on 8648 5977 for further information.

Incorporated community groups are invited to submit projects by Friday 29 May and the grants scheme will provide funding for the current financial year.

Mr Weatherill said he anticipated similar funding opportunities would be made available as part of the 2009-10 State NRM program.