By now, I hope you have all seen the news of our successful Future Drought Fund NRM Landscapes application. We are very excited about this announcement.
I am also very excited to announce that another recent application in the sustainable farming space has been successful. This morning NACC NRM in partnership with Rod O’Bree from Yanget Farm, Tierra Australia, Planfarm and a collective of landholders from across the Chapman Catchment gathered at Yanget, with the Premier of WA, Hon Mark McGowan MLA and the Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC, Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Ports; to hear the announcement of successful applications to this year’s Community Stewardship Grants.
One of the successful applications is NACC NRM’s partnership project ‘Regenerating the Chapman.’
This is the foundational project in a long-term, landscape-scale approach to supporting private landholders and government to implement a suite of regenerative activities across the Chapman catchment. The foundational project will run for three years. Over this period, we will work closely with eight foundational landholders across the catchment.
The properties these landholders bring to this project represent a range of landscape and enterprise types from across the catchment. The project will also work closely with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and Planfarm to utilise farm benchmark data and future data to quantify changes post-intervention activities. Foundational properties will participate in the development of transition planning and undertake on-ground works focused on activities with a high public benefit which will be whole catchment improvement.
Activities will include restoring wetlands by ‘slowing the flow’ to boost surface water filtering, fencing and restoring remnant vegetation and improving soil biology. The works of this project are strongly aligned with the multiple thematic aspirations of the NAR NRM strategy , NARvis.
We are very excited to have these projects supported by the respective funding agencies and look forward to sharing more details about our Future Drought Fund NRM Landscapes project very soon. These projects represent different approaches to delivering natural resource management outcomes in our region. Still, they have one crucial thing in common; they are built on partnerships and collaboration. It is for this reason that I am most excited.
More information will be available about both projects very shortly. In the meantime, I hope you will join me in congratulating all of the individuals and partners who have been involved to this point. We are very excited about what 2021 will bring. What an amazing way to begin looking towards the new year.