$15 million funding for Fencing Northern Basin Riverbanks Program begins roll out

29 June 2020

The Liberal Nationals Government $15 million funding to restore degraded riverbanks, improve native fish health and support livestock safety along parts of the Murray-Darling Basin is now being rolled out in New South Wales and Queensland.

Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia Keith Pitt said that the Fencing Northern Basin Riverbanks Program is part of the ongoing suite of responses to the independent assessment of the 2018-19 fish deaths in the lower Darling.

“The Coalition Government is committed to a collaborative approach to solve water challenges in regional Australia,” Minister Pitt said.

“The $15 million Program allows for investment in practical measures to restore degraded riverbanks by fencing to control stock access to riverbanks, weed removal and control of fenced areas as well as engaging land managers for specific areas.”

“Funding programs that allow for on-ground partnerships with landholders are an important part of this government’s continuing support for river stewardship by our regional communities.”

New South Wales and Queensland will each receive $7.5 million to implement the program.

“Along with the benefits to the environment, we know there will be Landcare services, indigenous organisations and local businesses that will putting these grants to good use,” Minister Pitt said.

“Projects that reduce the impact of livestock on environmentally sensitive areas of the northern Murray-Darling Basin aren’t just good for the fish. They’re also good for livestock.

“Measures like fencing can prevent stock losses during flood and direct stock to better off-stream drinking water while supporting the delicate ecosystem along riverbanks.

“Improving water quality—especially during low-flow periods—is also going to help our river systems better support our native fish, our farmers and our regional communities.

“The Liberal Nationals Government will continue to work collaboratively with state and territory colleagues to achieve a healthy river system that supports thriving agriculture and communities.”