Collaborative King Catchment projects

Funding Sources: Murray-Darling Healthy Rivers Program (Round 2) &  Tri-State Alliance for Small Bodied Native Fish Recovery

Timeline: April 2022 – December 2022

Funding received: $69 300 & $53 400


Project Description

Four local Landcare Groups have come together to deliver two projects to protect our local biodiversity and river health in the King River and 15 Mile Creek catchments in North East Victoria. This is a great collaborative effort to help deliver funding incentives to our communities.

The project area encompasses the King River and Fifteen Mile Creek catchments, including the main waterways and smaller tributaries and gullies, that fall within the Greta Valley, Edi Black Range, Carboor Bobinawarrah and King Basin Landcare Groups.

You will need to be a member of your local Group to received funding support. New members are welcome to join to take advantage of the funding offer. Contact details for the four groups are:

  • Greta Valley Landcare Group – Contact Bre (Secretary) on secretary@gretalandcare.org.au
  • Carboor Bobinawarrah Landcare Group – Contact Shelley (Secretary) on cblg.secretary@gmail.com
  • Edi Black Range Catchment Group – Contact Kathy (Secretary) on ediblackrangesecretary@gmail.com
  • King Basin Landcare Group – Contact Rosemary (Secretary) on kingbasinlandcare@gmail.com

Introducing wild populations of Southern Pygmy Perch

This project aims to extend the previous efforts of the Greta Valley Landcare Group to secure translocated populations of this small native fish in the region. We are looking for farm dams that are well connected to the tributaries or main stem of the King River that flood or overflow every 2‑3 years that have good aquatic habitat.

Linking Landcare in the King River catchment

This project will support members of our local community to improve their knowledge of riparian management and develop practical skills in the management of waterways and gullies. Our project aims to enhance the quality of the riparian habitat along these waterways and reduce erosion on smaller tributaries through fencing and revegetation.

What funding is available for landholders?

Funding is available to assist with:

  • Fencing to enable the establishment of native vegetation, develop a buffer zone to improve water quality and help maintain ground cover for erosion control. We have funding to support 5km of fencing along waterways and 8 farm dams. The fencing rebate is $6/m. The width of fencing will vary depending on the size of the waterways being fenced. A minimum width of 10m will apply to the King River, Boggy Creek, Meadow Creek, Fifteen Mile Creek and other similar sized waterways.
  • Revegetation along waterways using native shrubs and trees. We have 6000 native tube stock available for planting on waterways and 2000 plants for around farm dams. Cardboard guards will be supplied to protect plants. The landholder will be required to contribute $0.50/unit for the plants.
  • Offstream watering is available for farm dams being fenced under the Southern Pygmy Perch program. Rebates for offstream watering are capped at $2000/site.

Application Process

Fencing and planting must be completed by the end of August 2022.

Applications are now open until 30th April 2022. Please get your ideas for sites by this date to ensure you are considered in the first round of funding. If additional funding remains, we will offer a second round of applications.

Download an application form

Completed application forms can be emailed to Sally Day at sally.day@gretalandcare.org.au. You can also email any photos that you would like to send that describe your site to help to support your application.

Depending on the level of interest, we may not be able to fund all sites. Proposed sites will be assessed and we will do what we can to help as many members as possible in a fair manner. We will advise you if we can’t fund your site. Read more about the grant application process.

Please call Sally Day (Project Officer) on 0437 136 162 or Penny Raleigh (Ovens Landcare Facilitator) on 0427 613 970 for more information or to have an application form posted to you.

 

These projects are supported by the Australian Government’s Murray-Darling Healthy Rivers Program Small Grants program and by the North East CMA through the Tri-State Alliance for Small Bodied Native Fish Recovery program