Funding and other support for pastoralists in WA’s rangelands to carry out sustainable pastoralism activities is now available.
Paul Erkelenz, Rangelands NRM’s Program Manager (Sustainable Pastoralism), said the support, funded under the Australian Government’s ‘Caring for our Country’ Sustainable Agriculture initiative, will encompass a wide range of activities that pastoralists are likely to be interested in undertaking.
“Cash grants are available for on-ground works, trials/demonstrations, training/skill development activities, leadership development activities and activities that raise community awareness of sustainable pastoralism issues,” he said.
Other forms of non-cash support are available to develop ESRM (Ecologically Sustainable Rangelands Management) plans for properties, leadership development activities and activities that raise community awareness of sustainable pastoralism issues.
Mr Erkelenz said the Caring for our Country Sustainable Agriculture program aims to assist producers to protect the natural resource base that their businesses depend upon, while maintaining or improving productivity.
“Thus any activity for which support is sought under this program needs to address both elements, natural resource management and enterprise productivity,” he said.
The new program will place a high priority on active, effective producer groups, who will be able to access all components. Individual pastoral businesses will only be able to access limited areas of the program; namely support for ESRM planning and training/skill development activities.
Further information on support available under Rangelands NRM WA’s Sustainable Pastoralism program can be found by clicking on the following link [www.rangelandswa.com.au/851/sustainable-pastoralism], or by contacting Tim Wiley (Regional Landcare Facilitator (Northern Rangelands), mobile 0488 195 921, or Paul Erkelenz (Regional Landcare Facilitator (Southern Rangelands)/Program Manager (Sustainable Pastoralism)), phone (08) 9964 8249, mobile 0428 393 206.