Applications for the second round of the Federal Government’s Murray-Darling Healthy Rivers Program open today, with grants of up to $2 million available for projects that improve the health of rivers and wetlands.

Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, encouraged community groups, farmers, and landholders across the electorate to apply for the grants.

“Nicholls will benefit from two grants awarded under the first round of the program,” Mr Drum said.

“In Yalca, Indigenous plants will form ‘wildlife corridors’ that will protect a range of native species, while at Cockatoo Lagoon in Gunbower floating islands will provide new safe turtle nesting sites.

“Healthy Rivers grants not only support the environment, but also jobs and local businesses, and we have increased the number of eligible entities, so check the guidelines.”

Minister for Resources and Water, Keith Pitt, said round one of the program saw 74 grants awarded to communities ranging from Goondiwindi to Meningie.

“The second round of grants will build upon the first, investing in communities to get out on the ground and support their local environment,” Mr Pitt said.

“This round will have a large grants stream of between $100,000 and $2 million, in addition to a small grants stream of between $5000 and $100,000.

“These grants could fund a wide variety of projects from planting native seedlings along riverbanks to reduce erosion and provide habitat for native birds and animals, to controlling invasive species which threaten native species and farmers’ crops.

“Large grants could be used for projects that have catchment-scale benefits, or higher value localised projects, such as installing fish ladders and culverts to allow native fish to travel throughout the entire river.

“We have made some changes to the guidelines in response to feedback from round one. These include making more entities eligible and increasing the maximum funding amount for small grants to $100,000, as well as minimising red tape.”

Applications for both grants streams open today, August 25, and close October 6.

The Healthy Rivers Program is a key part of the Federal Government’s Murray-Darling Communities Investment Package, which is putting communities at the centre of the Basin Plan.

To learn more about eligible activities or to apply, visit the Community Grants Hub.


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