The ACT Government has announced an assistance package for the ACT’s rural landholders as a result of the current dry conditions.
This follows on from work we’ve done with farmers in recent years to build their resilience for dealing with the increasing likelihood of dry conditions due to climate change.
The package is designed to support those farmers in need and also further prepare them for the future.
ACT Rural Resilience Grants
A new grant program totalling up to $150,000 for 2018/19 is supporting rural landholders across the ACT to implement drought resilience activities on farm.
Seventeen projects will support landholders to improve their stock water (water to keep sheep, cattle and other farm animals alive) through constructing or de-silting dams, installing bores and tanks, installing pipes and troughs to extend water into areas where dams have dried up, and accessing off-stream water through construction of pumps, pipes and troughs.
A further seven projects will assist landholders to construct fodder conservation infrastructure such as silos and hay sheds. These projects will enable landholders to buy or grow their own stock fodder such as oats or lucerne and store this fodder and protect from the elements until they need to feed it out to their stock, taking the pressure off their soils and pastures. Most of landholders are also planning to use the fodder storing sheds to harvest rainfall for stock water purposes.
Two projects will assist landholders to install fencing to manage kangaroo numbers on their properties and reduce the total grazing pressure on their farm – thus protecting soils and pastures particularly during these dry times.
The 26 projects supported under the ACT Rural Resilience Grants are:
- Drought proofing a large section of the property by accessing town water for stock water and installing pipes, troughs – Area: Lanyon
- Installation of a fodder silo to store drought stock feed – Area: Naas
- Installation of a fodder silo to store drought stock feed – Area: Majura Valley
- Installation of a tank to provide additional water for livestock as other sources dry up – Area: Urriara
- Installation of two stock water tanks to harvest water from an existing shed to improve drought stock water supply – Area: Tharwa
- Installation of a solar powered pump to supply farm dams with surface water from Spring Station Creek at times when the dams are low or empty during drought – Area: Tharwa
- Construction of a dam to open up paddocks currently without stock water to enable improved access and management of pastures during drought- Area: Tidbinbilla
- Installation of pipes, tanks, troughs to extend water to areas of farm where farm dams have dried up – Area: Symonston
- Installation of bores, tanks, pipes and troughs to provide areas of the property with stock water, where dams have dried – Area: Point Hut Crossing
- Construction of a fodder shed to store more fodder during and prior to drought – Area: Belconnen
- Install water supply adjacent to Gudgenby River to provide reliable off-stream stock water as dams dry up – Area: Booth
- Fencing to create a drought sacrifice paddock and installation of stock water – Area: Kowen
- Installation of an additional tank to supplement stock water during drought – Area: Symonston
- Provision of two extra water tanks for stock water to provide greater resilience during drought – Area: Naas
- Construction of fodder storage facility to allow storage and improved provision of stock feed during drought – Area: Naas
- Construction of a stock water dam and installation of a pipe and trough system to pipe water to areas where dam water has dried up and to take pressure of local streams during drought – Area: Tharwa
- Advice and implementation of pest animal control and construction of a farm watering system to reduce overgrazing and improve drought resilience – Area: Jerrabomberra
- Construction of a hay shed for drought fodder storage – Area: Naas
- Increase stock water storage and distribution around the property to ensure property more resilient to drought – Area: Tuggeranong
- Installation of 5km of kangaroo proof fencing to reduce total grazing pressure on pastures during drought – Area: Tidbinbilla
- Install two tanks and troughs and pipes to provide additional stock water during drought as dams dry up – Area: Naas
- Construction of a hay shed for drought fodder storage to maintain stock and groundcover health during drought – Area: Tharwa
- New hay shed to store hay to make the property more drought resilient – Area: Kowen
- De-silt existing dried-up farm dam to allow sufficient on-farm water storage in times of future drought – Area: Tidbinbilla
- Build a fodder shed to store drought fodder to ensure property more resilient during drought – Area: Naas
- Dam repair and desilting of two dams to protect and improve stock water during drought – Area: Majura Valley
This program follows on from the ACT Rural Grants which ran from 2013 to 2018 and helped farmers achieve sustainable agriculture outcomes.
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