What is the Tamar Action Grants?
The Tamar Action Grants is a program that provides funding for dairy farmers and graziers in the Tamar Estuary and Esk River catchments to exclude stock from waterways through on-ground works and installation of infrastructure as well as improved effluent management practices in the dairy industry.
The current Tamar Action Grant program will run until June 2024 with three assessment rounds per year.
The Tamar Action Grants aim to significantly improve water quality in the kanamaluka/ Tamar estuary by excluding stock from waterways, rehabilitating riparian revegetation buffers on dairy and grazing farms, and improving effluent management on dairy farms.
There is no specified funding cap on individual project proposals. However, the overall program has limited funds, and nominations will be assessed and prioritised competitively using a benefit cost ratio. Not every application that meets the eligibility criteria will necessarily receive funding.
The program is intended to provide funding for projects to reduce or remove stock access to waterways and improve effluent management practices in the TEER catchment.
Upgrades to dairy effluent systems will also be funded. Please see Appendix 1 for further details specific to effluent
The funding is for actual financial expenditure incurred for activities such as:
- The purchase of fencing materials to protect waterways
- Purchase of plants, stakes and guards for revegetation activities along waterways
- Herbicides for treatment of weeds along the river banks and adjoining areas
- Purchase of water troughs, poly pipe and fittings for stock water purposes
- Payment for labour/contractor for fencing, revegetation, weed management, and/or installation of water trough/s
- Purchase of materials directly related to the installation and/or upgrade of stock crossing/s
- Payment for labour/contractor for the installation and/or upgrade of stock crossing/s
- Other works and activities may be considered based on project merit and subject to technical advice and approvals.
To be eligible to apply for a grant you must be a grazier or dairy farmer in the Meander, North and South Esk, Lake River, Brumbys, Macquarie and kanamaluka/Tamar catchments. You must also be an individual or an organisation capable of entering into a legally binding and enforceable agreement with NRM North.
Applications close 12 February 2021.