Landcare and environmental groups across Cootamundra Electorate have the opportunity to receive funding to restore riverbanks that have been damaged by recent natural disasters, thanks to a new NSW Government support program.

The $3 million Landcare Riparian Restoration Grant program will provide funding of up to $50,000 for groups to carry out on-ground projects such as riverbank and stream restoration, on-farm erosion works and tree planting.

Member for Cootamundra, Steph Cooke said this program was integral to the continued health of local waterways while also providing an immediate boost to the local economy.

“It’s important to act now to repair and sure up affected waterways and riparian zones after the recent weather events, to try and offset some of the damage that has occurred and help prevent further deterioration,” Ms Cooke said.

“Even better, with groups engaging local contractors to help carry out the works, the grants will provide a direct cash injection for local businesses.”

Local Land Services will work with Landcare groups to administer the grants and will support them to deliver the on-ground works.

Grants of up to $50,000 are available per incorporated Landcare or natural resource management group. Joint submissions between multiple groups will also be considered up to a total value of $200,000.

Applications will close on Friday, 3 June at 5pm. For more information and to apply, visit www.lls.nsw.gov.au/landcare-grants The Landcare Riparian Restoration Grant program is funded through the NSW Government’s $200 million Regional Recovery Package.