The Tamar Action Grants program provides funding for dairy farmers and graziers in the Tamar Estuary and Esk River catchments to exclude stock from waterways through installation of fencing and water infrastructure.
Round 16: Tamar Action Grants
Closing date and time: 5 pm, Friday, 28 July 2023
Eligible areas: Meander, North and South Esk, Lake River, Brumbys, Macquarie and kanamaluka/Tamar catchments
Funding is available for:
Projects can be staged and include multiple sites.
NRM North has been selected as the preferred provider to deliver the Tamar Estuary River Health Action Plan – Catchment Works Program. The program provides funding to support a range of activities that help improve water quality by reducing pathogen concentrations in the kanamaluka/Tamar estuary.
The Tamar Action Grants aim to improve water quality in the kanamaluka/ Tamar estuary by excluding stock from waterways and rehabilitating riparian revegetation buffers on dairy and grazing farms.
Preparing your application
NRM North provides one-to-one support to graziers and dairy farmers to assist them to apply for funding. Catchment Coordinators will conduct a site visit and provide property-specific project planning, which takes into consideration all waterways on the property and includes assistance in mapping, budgeting and timing of on-ground works associated with fencing.
Some recommended steps that you can do to prepare are:
It is the landholder’s responsibility to have all of the correct permits and approvals before undertaking any works along a river. This includes contacting Forest Practices Authority if you intend on clearing native vegetation as part of your project. Make sure you contact your Local Government Authority prior to starting works.
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The following resources may assist in developing your application:
To be eligible to apply for a grant you must be a grazier or dairy farmer in the Meander, North and South Esk, Lake River, Brumbys, Macquarie and kanamaluka/Tamar catchments. You must also be an individual or an organisation capable of entering into a legally binding and enforceable agreement with NRM North.
An initial self-check can be done through the online eligibility checker.
Funding is available for the installation of waterway fencing, waterway revegetation and associated weed management, provision of alternative stock water and stock crossings.
Once you have checked whether you are potentially eligible by completing an online eligibility check, a Catchment Coordinator will contact you directly to set up a site visit and support you through the application process.
All applications are prioritised based on a cost-benefit analysis where projects are ranked with consideration of their likely impact on the targeted reduction and value for investment.
The current Tamar Action Grant program will run until February 2025 with three assessment rounds per year.
This project is supported with funding provided by the Australian and Tasmanian Governments through the Launceston City Deal and the Australian Government Tamar Estuary River Health Grant.