$500,000 available for coastal catchments

The work being undertaken across the catchments in the South East is funded by the NSW Government under the Marine Estate Management Strategy. The 10-year strategy was developed by the NSW Marine Estate Management Authority to co-ordinate the management of the marine estate.
The work being undertaken across the catchments in the South East is funded by the NSW Government under the Marine Estate Management Strategy. The 10-year strategy was developed by the NSW Marine Estate Management Authority to co-ordinate the management of the marine estate.

Local Land Services is looking for land managers in priority coastal catchments such as Merimbula, Pambula, Lake Curalo and Wonboyn, who want to help protect and improve local waterways by rehabilitating riparian areas on their properties.

"We're excited about the prospect of working with local land managers to improve water quality, increase biodiversity and help protect the broader marine and estuarine environment," senior land services officer at South East Local Land Services Shannon Brennan said.

Up to $500,000 is available for projects that:

Improve water quality in the identified priority catchments;

Are located along estuaries, wetlands or rivers that have salty or brackish water or are located on freshwater reaches just upstream of the tidal limit;

Protect and enhance threatened or endangered ecological communities such as coastal saltmarsh, littoral rainforest and swamp oak forest;

Can commence and be completed in the 2019-2020 financial year.

Public and private land managers as well as local community groups are encouraged to apply for the funding.

"The project work can include installing fences to exclude stock from waterways and saltmarshes, protecting remnant native vegetation, revegetating riparian zones to provide bank stability, reducing run-off and improving habitat for native wildlife," Ms Brennan said.

"These activities will help support clean, healthy waterways which are highly valued by local communities and industries such as tourism, aquaculture (oysters) and agriculture along our coastline," Ms Brennan added.

To obtain an information package, including the full list of priority catchments and assessment criteria please contact Shannon Brennan on (02) 6491 7823 or email: Shannon.brennan@lls.nsw.gov.au.

All expressions of interest are due by June 24.

This story $500,000 available for coastal catchments first appeared on Merimbula News Weekly.

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