Landcare and environmental groups across Penrith have the opportunity to receive funding to restore riverbanks that have been damaged by recent natural disasters, thanks to a new NSW Government support program.
The $3 million Landcare Riparian Restoration Grant program will provide funding of up to $50,000 for groups to carry out on-ground projects such as riverbank and stream restoration, on-farm erosion works and tree planting.
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith said the program will not only fund grassroots projects but will also provide an immediate boost to the local economy.
“Waterways and riparian zones across the state have suffered cumulative damage from recent natural disasters and seasonal conditions, such as drought, bushfires and floods,” Stuart Ayres said.
“We have certainly seen some of these impacts across the electorate, but this program will help restore and future-proof those damaged riparian zones, ensuring riverbanks and the wider ecosystems are healthy.
“Even better, with groups engaging local contractors to help carry out the works, the grants will provide direct cash injection for local businesses.
“This is another great initiative from the NSW Government, and I encourage Landcare and environmental groups across the region to apply.”
Local Land Services will work with Landcare groups to administer the grants and will support them to deliver the on-ground works.
Grants of up to $50,000 are available per incorporated Landcare or natural resource management group. Joint submissions between multiple groups will also be considered up to a total value of $200,000.
Applications will close on Friday, 3 June at 5pm. For more information and to apply, visit www.lls.nsw.gov.au/landcare-grants
The Landcare Riparian Restoration Grant program is funded through the NSW Government’s $200 million Regional Recovery Package.