Biodiversity Grants and Incentives
Council provides advice to landholders and community groups on all aspects of natural resource management, including weed control, planting, erosion and bank stabilisation works, pest management, sustainable agricultural practices and sustainable living.
Council also actively seeks external grants to augment Council funded works, often in partnership with other government agencies and community groups.In partnership with Tweed Landcare Inc. and the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority, Council provides an office for the natural resource management community support officer to support and build capacity within the community to engage in natural resource management activities. The community support officer can be contacted by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The following funding assistance and incentive programs are available for eligible landholders, researchers and community groups.
Biodiversity Grants Program
Council aims to assist private land owners, community groups and researchers to undertake projects that contribute to the following ecological priorities within Tweed Shire:
1. Rehabilitation of degraded habitats
2. Restoration of previously cleared areas
3. Threatened species recovery
4. Management of threatening processes
5. Monitoring and research
Further information can be found on the Biodiversity Grants brochure (1.76mB PDF)
River Health Grants Program
The aim of Council’s River Health Grant Program is to improve and protect water quality. To achieve this, the scheme will supply funding to rural land holders to target the typical problems found on our river banks, including erosion and weed infestation. To improve the hygiene of our water supplies a priority activity will be to supply fencing materials and drinking troughs for stock throughout the catchment.
Further information can be found on the River Health Grants Brochure (981kB PDF)
Land for wildlife
Land for Wildlife is a voluntary property registration scheme that helps private landholders manage wildlife habitat on their property. The scheme encourages and assists nature conservation on private land, irrespective of other land uses.
Tweed Shire Council launched its Land for Wildlife Scheme on World Environment Day 2013. It is free to join, is not legally binding and does not alter a property’s legal status. For further information and to register click here (899kB PDF)
to download the Land for Wildlife Brochure.
Koala Connections aims to provide a secure future for koalas on the NSW far north coast by increasing the area, quality and connectivity of koala habitat in the Tweed and Byron shires.
If you live between the Pacific Highway and the coast and south of Kingscliff you may be eligible for assistance with weed control and/or tree planting through this project. For further information see Koalas
Government and non-government organisations also provide grants for weed control, planting and fencing for private landholders and community groups. Check the following websites for grant opportunities:www.environment.nsw.gov.au/grants/grantsintro.htm www.northern.cma.nsw.gov.au/ www.nrm.gov.au/funding/ www.nrm.gov.au/funding/environment/ceg/ grants-gov.com.au/