Grant helps farmers focus on sustainable agriculture

21 July 2015

Bass Coast farmers have the opportunity to learn from sustainable agriculture experts, thanks to a grant secured by the Bass Coast Landcare Network. The Landcare Network has won a $6,250 grant from the Port Phillip & Westernport Catchment Management Authority to engage local farmers in a series of training days covering various sustainable agriculture, land management and environmental improvement topics. Bass Coast Landcare Network’s Executive Officer Kellie Nichols said, “This will be a great basis from which farmers can apply for associated incentives for works on their properties which, in turn, can reduce sediment and nutrient loads to local waterways and Western Port.” The Catchment Management Authority’s Environmental Projects Manager Stephen Thuan said, “The money for this grant has come from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme. It is one of many grants flowing now and in the next few years to community groups across the Port Phillip & Western Port region, with $1million in grants being awarded over four years as part of the Catchment Management Authority’s regional funding we manage from the National Landcare Programme.” More information on the Bass Coast Landcare Network is available at www.basscoastlandcare.org.au and information on the community grants program is available at the Catchment Management Authority’s website at www.ppwcma.vic.gov.au.