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Improving our environment

Important information

  • Name: Biodiversity Incentive Scheme Grants
  • Status: Open
  • Frequency: Annually (once per year)
  • Amount we provide: up to $2000
  • Amount you must provide: varies depending on the project

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Important dates

May

Applications open. 

Jun - Aug

Applications close and are processed to determine eligibility.

Sep

Conservation Advisory Group for formal consideration of recommendations.

Sep - Oct

Applicants are notified of the outcome of their application.

Purpose of this grant

This grant is to help private landowners and volunteer public land managers improve the extent and quality of native vegetation in Casey.

Grant streams available

  • Resident - Private Land Manager
  • Volunteer - Public Land Manager

What we can fund

Fencing remnant vegetation

Fencing is a valuable land management tool for protecting remnant vegetation of any scale. This subsidy will be provided on a per metre basis and the total funding will depend on the fencing material required.

Conditions

  • All material must be new.
  • The landowner must maintain the fence.
  • The landowner and the Council will work together to determine the location of the fence.
  • The fence must be stock-proof.
  • Areas fenced to protect remnant vegetation and environmentally sensitive areas must remain stock-free.
  • All assistance and payments are at the discretion of Council.

Fencing rebates

We determine fencing rebates according to the standard of fence that is required.

We do not restrict the length of a fence, but we do consider the size of the remnant patch being protected when we shortlist applications.

The standard fence is based on one post every 5-10 metres. A standard fence should consist of a minimum of five plain wires. These can be substituted with barbed wire, if desired.

The standard rebate is $10 per metre.

Weed control

Funding is available to control noxious and environmental weeds on private property. This funding is only available to residents who are already meeting their statutory requirements.

The cost of herbicide will be covered. In some instances where the property has been listed as environmentally significant or is assessed by the relevant Council officer as being so, up to half of the cost for a suitably qualified contractor will be contributed by Council.

Revegetation projects

We may be able to cover the total cost of indigenous plants purchased for your project. Our assessment will determine how much of the cost we can subsidise.

Conditions

  • All plants must be indigenous to the area.
  • We must approve the plant list must.
  • All plants must be consistent with ecological vegetation class for the area.
  • All plants must be grown from locally sourced seed.

Pest animal control

Landowners and Council fund the control of pest animals cooperatively. In some cases, neighbours on surrounding properties will also need to participate.

Examples of pest animals include:

  • the red fox
  • European rabbit
  • feral cats

These animals have a significant impact on the natural environment.

Conditions

  • All works must be in accordance with best practice.
  • Where appropriate a landscape approach should be initiated. Projects that involve a number of neighbouring landholders will be highly regarded.
  • Pest animal control works are to protect remnant vegetation and areas of high environmental significance.
  • Funding assistance is at the discretion of Council.

Technical support

The City of Casey’s Environment Department can provide technical support to residents regarding this program. This includes reference material and appropriate referral to other relevant organisations.

What we cannot fund

Council will not fund:

  • applications linked to planning permit conditions
  • activities required as part of planning enforcement
  • boundary fencing

How we decide on successful grants

We will give preference to applications that:

  • protect large patches of remnant vegetation
  • revegetation, with preference to use of indigenous native plants
  • are well planned, including a maintenance program
  • training
  • natural environment management planning
  • demonstrate a level of in-kind contribution.

If your application is successful

Once you have completed the works, we will transfer the funding to you by electronic bank transfer. You will be required to provide receipts before reimbursement.

Tell us how your grant was used

After you have completed your project, you must tell us how you spent the grant money and what the outcomes of the project were. This is known as an acquittal process.

Find out more about the acquittal process.