Call for EOI for future sustainable agriculture projects

Thursday 11 October, 2018
Community and agricultural industry groups are being encouraged to submit an EOI for sustainable agriculture projects to be considered for possible future funding through the Goulburn Broken CMA’s Regional Land Partnerships program.

The Goulburn Broken CMA received funding through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program – Regional Land Partnerships to deliver national priorities at a regional and local level. A one-year regional sustainable agriculture project From the Ground Up is currently being delivered in the Catchment.

From the Ground Up works with farmers, industry and community groups to improve farm soil health, native vegetation and biodiversity to boost the region’s agricultural profitability and the natural resource base on which it depends through delivery of practical soil and farm management information.

Goulburn Broken CMA’s Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator Ashley Rogers said 18 projects would be delivered through From the Ground Up for 2018-19.

“We expect the Australian Government will start calling for further projects to be funded for 2019-23 shortly,” Ms Rogers said. “So we can hit the ground running when this next round of funding becomes available, we’re seeking project ideas from agricultural industry and community groups/networks now that will deliver sustainable agriculture capacity-building activities in the region.”

Projects should increase awareness, understanding and adoption of management practices that improve soil health, vegetation extent and condition and/or climate change adaptation and can be of one, two, three or four-years’ duration. Activities could include on-farm trials or demonstrations of new or innovative farming practices; workshops providing training in sustainable farming practices; farm tours, bus trips and field days; or development of communication materials (eg. podcasts, apps, field guides).

The total funding available per project per financial year is between $5,000 and $20,000.

For more information about the EOI process and eligibility, please click on the “funding” tab on the Goulburn Broken CMA’s website www.gbcma.vic.gov.au or contact Ashley Rogers on 5822 7700 or ashleyr@gbcma.vic.gov.au

The EOI call closes 5pm Tuesday 23 October 2018.