15 May 2023

Resilience funding in hot demand across the Cape

| Sarah Martin

A RECORD 27 applicants have applied for Cape York Natural Resource Management’s Landscape Resilience Project funding, with only six successful.

Cape York NRM sustainable agriculture and water quality manager Michael Goddard said the overwhelming response was a measure of the demand.

“It’s important that the unsuccessful submissions know that they may have another opportunity if we secure a second round of funding by 2024, based on this demand,” he said.

The funding supports property management projects which build climate and drought resilience, such as reducing threats to native vegetation, improving pastures, weed control, fencing and adding water points.

Each eligible project could receive up to $30,000.

“We’ve had applicants from all over Cape York putting forward excellent projects to support better grazing land management or protect important vegetation,” Mr Goddard said.

“Landholders up here face a number of challenges particular to the region, including poor soils and harsh weather events, with less return than the smaller southern Queensland properties.

These projects will add to infrastructure and help to make Cape properties less vulnerable to year-to-year changes in climate and markets.”

The six properties selected have been notified and will begin work with CYNRM to address priority land condition issues and threats to native vegetation condition.

Meanwhile, Cape graziers will gather at Crocodile Station near Laura this Tuesday and Wednesday for the annual CYRNM grazing forum.

The free forum will feature presentations on fire management, feral animal control, biosecurity, genome technology, erosion control, weed control, financial opportunities, vegetation management laws and the latest in communications and technology.

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