Grants and funding

Bucks for Bush

The Bucks for Bush program supports landholders to better manage remnant vegetation, and establish new areas of native vegetation on their properties by providing incentive funding and technical advice. The program achieves both production and biodiversity benefits for participating properties and centres around creating better native habitat in the South East.

Since its beginning in 2009, the program has invested over $1.6M to 230 different project sites, covering over 5400 hectares.

Through Bucks for Bush, landholders can receive funding of up to $20,000 per project for on-ground activities such as fencing to exclude stock from native vegetation, planting/direct seeding of new windbreaks and fencing to protect paddock trees or natural swamps and wetlands.

As part of the program, participating landholders can receive:

  • One-on-one bush management advice
  • Opportunity to participate in hands-on workshops to learn about:
    • native seed collection and propagation training
    • vegetation monitoring using photo points and other basic techniques
    • weed ID and managing weeds in vegetation
  • The chance to attend project site tours to currently funded properties 
  • Assistance with developing a management plan for their vegetation (and how this can incorporate into a whole farm plan)

Note: Funding allocations are currently exhausted for the current round of funding, however, interested landholders can register an expression of interest with project staff for future funding information and updates.

If you’d like to be involved in upcoming workshops and field days, please register your interest with Cathy Ashby on T: (08) 8735 1236 E: or Aidan Laslett on T: (08) 8735 1112 E:

Bucks for Bush resources:

The Bucks for Bush factsheets are a step by step guide on how to go about establishing vegetation on your property. Designed to be read either as a series or individually, depending on the stage you are at with your revegetation, they highlight key issues and actions to take to ensure your revegetation is a success.

Fact Sheet 1 | Setting up Photopoints
Fact Sheet 2 | Site Planning
Fact Sheet 3 | Site Preparation
Fact Sheet 4 | Planting
Fact Sheet 5 | Direct Seeding
Fact Sheet 6 | Maintenance (Weeds and Pests)
Fact Sheet 7 | Maintenance (Watering and Tree Guards)
Fact Sheet 8 | Recording Success
Fact Sheet 9 | Years 2, 3, and 4
Fact Sheet 10 | Natural Regeneration

The booklet “Planning Revegetation on Farms in the South East” offers a more comprehensive guide. A free copy can be obtained by contacting the project staff (see above) or visiting the Natural Resources Centre in Mt Gambier or Keith. 


National Landcare Programme

This project is supported by South East Natural Resources Management Board, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.