National Landcare Program
The SA Arid Lands region has secured $10m funding from the Australian Government for land management and conservation Projects to be conducted across the SA Arid Lands regional over five years.
The SA Arid Lands Board was successful in winning funding for four projects in the second round of the Australian Government's National Landcare Program (NLP2). The projects range from one to five years for conservation and land management initiatives and will include SAAL NRM staff working with NRM Groups, landholders and communities to deliver the projects.
Feral animal control and removal of invasive weed species to improve conservation outcomes for threatened plant and animal species is a significant component of two of the projects: Bounceback and Beyond (five year project) and Coongie Wetland Wonders (five year project).
The remaining two projects have a sustainable agriculture focus with Landscape Legacies (one year) capturing and sharing stories of successful soil rehabilitation, and Grazing Best Management Practice (four year project) providing industry-led performance benchmarking for improved sustainability and profitability in the South Australian pastoral zone.
The new round of Australian Government funding brings to a close previously funded projects including Ranges to Riches and Desert Jewels.
Coongie Wetland Wonders
Feral animal control and removal of invasive weed species to improve conservation outcomes for threatened plants and animals is a significant component of the five-year Coongie Wetland Wonders project.
Work will also be done to improve understanding of the extent and condition of the region's natural values and develop a strategic adaptive management approach through the Lake Eyre Basin Partnership.
Bounceback and Beyond
Funded over five years to 2023 through the Regional Land Partnerships Fund, Bounceback and Beyond will reduce the impacts of foxes and goats across the landscape for wildlife and livestock and improve the conservation status of a range of native flora and fauna species.
It will significantly expand the positive impacts of 25 years of coordinated landscape-scale feral animal control under the State-funded Bounceback Program and related Commonwealth grants.