ENVIRONMENTAL and agricultural projects across the Eyre Peninsula have been given a boost to get off the ground through the Landscape Board's Grassroots grants program.
Eleven community-driven projects were funded, with many focussing on a variety of landscape management issues, from removing pest plants, revegetating habitat, protecting sand dunes and re-populating an endangered species.
The area surrounding the spectacular Pildappa Rock at Minnipa will also benefit with Wudinna District Council awarded a $15,000 grant to help preserve the significant site.
Council will undertake revegetation and irrigation works on an area of Pildappa Rock Recreation Reserve that has been significantly impacted by camping.
Wudinna District Council mayor Eleanor Scholz said Council was thrilled to be receiving a grant for Stage 1 revegetation and irrigation works at Pildappa Rock Recreation Reserve.
"The funding is an important part of a new direction for Pildappa Rock Recreation Reserve that has been a number of years in the planning."
Protecting Soils Through Improved Grazing Management has also been funded through the program.
This project will deliver two workshops at Cummins and Minnipa on sheep management and feeding systems.
It will provide an opportunity for women to connect, whilst building capacity and understanding of regional livestock issues.
Key areas of focus will be lamb finishing systems, feeding options, management of native pastures and the importance of landscape management especially soils in grazing systems.
The one-day workshops at each location, will cover grazing and livestock management tools to maintain soil cover and reduce erosion risk, especially during times of extremely dry seasonal conditions.
A handful of the projects will involve school students including Navigator College at Port Lincoln who will develop a butterfly garden and trail within an existing remnant area to enhance the local biodiversity while educating students about the importance of species like butterflies.
Tumby Bay Area School has also been awarded a grant, for its Year 7 students to investigate threats to the endangered Whibley Wattle and for planting seedlings to help re-populate the species in the local region.
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