Chance for farmers to diversify income

PROGRAM: Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board planning and assessment officer Andrew Freeman at a local revegetation site. Photo: Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board
PROGRAM: Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board planning and assessment officer Andrew Freeman at a local revegetation site. Photo: Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board

Eyre Peninsula landholders who have land on their farm that has limited productive value now have the opportunity to plant trees in these areas and gain an income for the revegetation.

Landholders can apply to receive funding for revegetation of local native species in a area of five to 200 hectares under the federal government's new Carbon + Biodisversity Pilot program.

The Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board (EPLB) region has been chosen as one of the six pilot regions across the country for the program and the board is helping to facilitate the program at a local level.

EPLB planning and assessment officer Andrew Freeman said this was an opportunity for Eyre Peninsula farmers to lead the way in diversifying income through environmental plantings, as one of the pilot regions.

"I would encourage local farmers to look at their property and think about areas that have limited productive value that could instead be revegetated under this program," he said.

"This pilot will develop arrangements to reward farmers for increasing biodiversity and storing carbon.

"Plantings can also benefit farmers by protecting waterways, reducing erosion, and providing shelter for animals once the plants grow above grazing height."

Plantings established under the Carbon + Diversity Pilot must be protected and maintained for a minimum of 25 years, in accordance with Emissions Reduction Fund requirements.

The program was announced by Agriculture Minister David Littleproud last month.

Project applications will open on Monday, April 12 and close on Friday, June 11.

For more information, visit the Department for Agriculture, Water and Environment's website at agriculture.gov.au/agriculturestewardship.

If you have further questions about the program, you can contact Mr Freeman on 0429 673 123.