Grants open for bushfire recovery fence projects on Kangaroo Island

SHELTER BELT: Funding will support local farmers to fence their regenerating vegetation, creating wind breaks and shelter belts. Photo: A. Florance
SHELTER BELT: Funding will support local farmers to fence their regenerating vegetation, creating wind breaks and shelter belts. Photo: A. Florance

$2.2 million is available for Kangaroo Island landholders to replace or establish fencing to protect native vegetation burnt in the 2019-20 fires.

The funding is now available through the KI Landscape Board.

Presiding member, Andrew Heinrich said the board was very pleased to be able to offer this funding.

"This funding will support local farmers to fence their regenerating vegetation, creating wind breaks and shelter belts, while rebuilding their stock and returning their farms to full production" Mr Heinrich said.

The funding can be provided retrospectively for fencing work that has already been completed, as well as fencing works that are underway or yet to commence, he said.

Funding for the Bushfire Recovery Fencing Grants was provided by the state government as part of its continued efforts to help communities recover from the 2019-20 fires.

Also contributing is the federal government's bushfire recovery package for wildlife and their habitat.

A total of $2.2 million is available through these grants.

Applications are now open and need to be submitted via the 'SmartyGrants' online portal, closing 5pm on Friday, October 15.

For further information about the KI Landscape Board's Bushfire Recovery Fencing Grants call Alex James at the KI Landscape Board on 0473 961 294.

In other Lanscape Board news, Dr James Smith gave an update on the feral cat eradication process to the council on Tuesday.

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