Expressions of interest open for NRM projects

GRANTS: Volunteer Neill Russell with Natural Resources Officer Rachael Kannussaar conducting surveys as part of a hooded plover banding, flagging and site monitoring project with volunteers on southern EP (DC Tumby and DC Lower Eyre).
GRANTS: Volunteer Neill Russell with Natural Resources Officer Rachael Kannussaar conducting surveys as part of a hooded plover banding, flagging and site monitoring project with volunteers on southern EP (DC Tumby and DC Lower Eyre).

Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula is looking for ideas and project proposals to help maintain and improve the condition of natural resources on private land, and community parks and reserves in the Eyre Peninsula region.

Eyre Peninsula NRM Board presiding member Diana Laube said the board was seeking applications from community groups, local government, and land managers to help manage the region’s threatened species and vegetation communities, as well as contribute to raising community awareness of these species.

“Vegetation communities of interest include the Eyre Peninsula blue gum and peppermint box woodlands and temperate coastal saltmarsh,” Ms Laube said.

“Individual species in focus include the endangered and endemic Whibley’s wattle, hooded plover and malleefowl.”

“We welcome project ideas for on ground works such as fencing, pest weed and animal control, and revegetation that will protect these areas.”

Ms Laube said the board also wanted community-driven projects that would improve people’s understanding of the plant species and the importance they played for natural resources management on Eyre Peninsula.

Senior natural resources management officer Seb Drewer said last year there was a lot of interest in community run projects.

“This shows we have a community that cares for the environment and want to do their bit to help protect it,” Mr Drewer said.

“The mosaic trail completed by the Ungarra Community helps raise community awareness of three important ecosystems under threat as well as endangered and vulnerable species.

“It was a big success and has helped inspire the local community and improve connections to the natural world.

“I encourage anyone with a NRM grant idea that might meet these criteria, to chat with a Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula Officer.

“We’ve made the application user friendly and we’re here to assist.”

Applications close on Friday, May 18.

For more information, including an application form, visit www.naturalresources.sa.gov.au/eyrepeninsula or contact your local Natural Resource Officer: