Applications for funding now open
The Burnett Mary Regional Group (BMRG) are pleased to announce that Queensland applications are now open for the Australian Government’s $22.3 million Enhancing Remnant Vegetation Pilot.
- Pilot to reward farmers for improving their native vegetation.
- The aim of the pilot is to create a credible and sustainable market mechanism that improves biodiversity and creates new income opportunities for farmers.
- Six regions will participate in the pilot with the intent to roll out to other regions in the future.
- The program applications close on 27 October 2021.
Sheila Charlesworth, CEO Burnett and Mary Regional Group said;
“BMRG are proud to lead the way for Queensland with the ERV pilot that will provide income opportunities to farmers through native vegetation improvement on their land.”
Landholders in the Burnett Mary region can find further information around guidelines and the application process, including support for applications at www.bmrg.org.au.
Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia David Littleproud said the pilot was a key component of the $66.1 million Agriculture Biodiversity Stewardship Package to help farmers get paid for improving biodiversity on-farm.
“Alongside the Carbon plus Biodiversity Pilot, the Enhancing Remnant Vegetation Pilot is trialling a market-based system that will see farmers being paid for their biodiversity management,” Minister Littleproud said.
“Over time, the aim is to roll these pilots out to more farmers, making them widely available and fuelled by private sector investment.
“This pilot aims to reward farmers who put up projects to protect, manage and improve remnant native vegetation.
“What that looks like could vary from farm to farm. It may be as simple as fencing off native vegetation and undertaking enhanced weed control, or it could be protecting pockets of remnant vegetation and linking them through revegetated corridors.
“We’re putting a value on farm native vegetation. It’s good for the environment, and farmers can make a buck out of it.
“We want to recognise farmers who take steps to improve environmental outcomes on their land while encouraging the private sector to invest in this innovative scheme.”
“This is a great opportunity for farmers to build their drought resilience by diversifying their on-farm income.
- The Agriculture Stewardship Package now totals $66.1 million, with $32.1 million provided in 2021, and $34 million provided in 2019.
- Six Natural Resource Management (NRM) regions across Australia will participate in the pilot: Burnett-Mary (QLD), Central West (NSW), North Central (VIC), North Tasmania (TAS), Eyre Peninsula (SA) and South-west (WA).
- The Queensland pilot is led with on ground support and advice from Burnett Mary Regional Group.
- Regions have been selected, amongst other criteria, to test the program across a range of jurisdictions, farming systems, and vegetation types, and to complement and compare the trial with the Carbon + Biodiversity Pilot.
- The trials are designed to test the underpinning systems and frameworks of the approach to ensure credibility with the aim to create a sustainable market mechanism.
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