- Monday 11 January 2016
If you are planning a conservation project on your land, now is the time to lodge an expression of interest in securing one of Sunshine Coast Council’s Landholder Environment Grants.
Council is committed to protecting and enhancing the Coast’s natural environment on both public and private land.
One way it supports private rural land owners in their conservation efforts is through the Landholder Environment Grants program which is funded through the Environment Levy.
Grants are available for projects that will protect and enhance our region’s natural assets and biodiversity.
In 2015, the Landholder Environment Grants program contributed $341,348 to assist 118 landholders in delivering on-ground environmental projects with a combined value of more than $1 million dollars.
Council is now calling for Expressions of Interest for 2016 Landholder Environment Grants.
Head to council’s website and submit an EOI by 5pm on Monday, February 22.
Community Programs and Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the grants were managed through a collaborative approach.
“The Landholder Environment Grants process allows council and private rural land owners to work together to protect the environment,” Cr McKay said.
“Through grant funding and advice, council provides assistance to private rural land owners wanting to conduct environmental protection or improvement projects on their land.
“When an expression of interest has been submitted, a conservation officer will arrange to visit the property and discuss the project in more detail with the owner.
“Projects could include the installation of fencing to restrict stock access to vegetation and waterways, revegetation to restore degraded areas, control of environmental weeds and the modification of fencing to make it more wildlife-friendly.
“To be eligible for grant funding, projects must be completed on privately owned rural land within the Sunshine Coast Local Government Area.”
There are three stages in the Landholder Environment Grant application process:
Step 1 – Expression of Interest: all applicants must submit an EOI form by 5pm, February 22.
Step 2 – Site visit: a conservation officer will visit your property to discuss the project.
Step 3 – Online application: following the site visit, applicants must complete an online application form.