Farrer MP Sussan Ley has congratulated more local grant recipients under the $20 million Murray–Darling Healthy Rivers Program which supports communities in caring for their rivers and wetlands.

11 projects have been awarded across Farrer to help improve the health and empower communities to protect their own backyard stretch of river and surrounding wetlands.

“The following grants will inject more than $1.2 million into Farrer communities, supporting local businesses and jobs, and builds on the investment of over $400,000 in grants from the first round of Healthy Rivers Program.” Ms Ley said.

  • Local Land Services, Narrandera – Conservation works to enhance river redgum forests along Cudel Creek – $451,210
  • Coleambally Irrigation – Fencing the Coleambally Irrigation Biodiversity Reserves – $150,000
  • Local Land Services, Darling River, Lower Murray River, and Lower Lachlan River – Fish-friendly screen installation in the Western region – $99,000
  • Gol Gol Community Reference Group – Weed control and sediment management the Gol Gol wetlands  – $92,100
  • K.J. and J. Hooper, Calimo – Decommissioning floodbanks to allow Edward River flooding to water Moona Bingel Wetlands and Werai Forest – $10,690 – and restoring flows to the Moona-Bingel Wetlands – $97,61
  • Murray Darling Wetlands Working Group, Monak – Using infrastructure to maximise environmental water entering the Gol Gol State Forest floodplain – $65,700
  • Western Murray Land Improvement Group, Koondrook-Perricoota Forest – Restoration of Swan Lagoon in partnership with traditional owners – $99,978
  • Oxley Angling Club, Lower Murrumbidgee River – Native fish restocking in the Murrumbidgee River to recover riverine ecology and support local economies and community health – $18,000
  • The Vial Family Trust, Moulamein – Lagoon rehabilitation to reestablish native fish habitat on North Dale, Moulamein – $84,361
  • E.E. Buckley, Talmalmo – Fencing, weed control and revegetation to improve ecological qualities of a river fronted property $55,000

Minister for Resources and Water, Keith Pitt said the program shows that you can protect the environment in more ways than recovering water from Basin farmers – it’s good for the environment, communities and the economy.

in Farrer we’ll see some 70 hectares of revegetation, 22 kilometres of fencing and a spend over $1.2 million in goods and services in the local community”, Minister Pitt said.

For more information on the Healthy Rivers Program link here.