Community grants support local environment efforts

Date posted: 29 December 2017

Hon Ian Hunter MLC

Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation

Nearly $110,000 in grants have been awarded to 24 community-based groups in the Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges region for projects to enhance and protect their local environment.

The Community NRM Action Grants are awarded annually by the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges (AMLR) Natural Resources Management Board.

In 2017-18, grant recipients include:

the Friends of Shepherds Hill, who will be working to restore Grey box grassy woodland in the Shepherds Hill Recreation Park.

the Vietnamese Farmers Association of SA will be working on the sustainable management of water resources with the ethnically diverse horticulture community in northern Adelaide.

the Horse Federation of SA will work with horse owners on sound, sustainable management of soils, pasture and water on their properties.

Conservation Volunteers Australia will be engaging the community around the significant problem of marine debris.


The Community NRM Action Grants provide support for projects involving on-ground works and/or building community capacity.

Funded projects may be practically oriented and address issues around water quality, sustainable living, revegetation and biodiversity. Projects may also be community-led initiatives that educate, build skills and lead to positive changes in community environmental behaviour.

The grants apply to projects in the AMLR region, which stretches from Kapunda in the north, through the Mt Lofty Ranges and the Adelaide metropolitan area to Cape Jervis in the south.

Quotes attributable to Environment and Conservation Minister Ian Hunter

The Community NRM Action Grants are a great initiative that allows us to provide well-deserved support to groups in the community working for the environment.

I’m always impressed with the variety of environmental projects that are supported by these grants, and I’d like to acknowledge the wonderful effort of the volunteers who make many of these projects possible.

This year’s Community NRM Action Grants will help us understand more about Adelaide’s bird and bat populations, remove weeds from our parks and reserves, revegetate our bushland and creek lines, restore bandicoot habitat and improve water management for market gardeners.

These grants support projects which can make a real difference to the community and our environment.

Note: see attached project listing.

Community NRM Action Grants 2017-18




Angaston Ag Bureau

Livestock technology for NRM


Cape Jervis Coastal Community Group

Nature play and coastal display garden, Cape Jervis


Conservation Volunteers Australia

Engaging the community to remove marine debris


Estuary Care Foundation SA

Seagrass restoration trial in Port River


Friends of Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary

Fun in the Sun


Friends of Aldinga Scrub

Weed control 2018 - Aldinga Scrub CP


Friends of Belair National Park

Restoration of threatened systems in Belair National Park


Friends of Black Hill & Morialta

Watsonia eradication project


Friends of Brownhill Creek

Heavy vegetation removal and spraying in Brownhill Creek


Friends of Cobbler Creek Recreation Park

FOCC native display gardens project


Friends of Lower Sixth Creek

Lower Sixth Creek riparian rehabilitation


Friends of Mark Oliphant Conservation Park

Southern brown bandicoot habitat restoration in Mark Oliphant Conservation Park


Friends of Merchants Road

Merchant Road restoration project


Friends of Para Wirra

Assisting regeneration through pest plant control, Para Wirra


Friends of Scott Creek Conservation Park

The Almanda Project to restore threatened wetlands


Friends of Shepherds Hill

Restoration of grey box grassy woodland


Gawler Environment and Heritage Association

Flora data available for management and research


Kensington Residents' Association

Find our birds and bats! Citizen Science project


Rotary Club of Burnside

Rotary conference heritage woodland, buffer revegetation project


Sustainable Communities SA

Sustainable Communities SA website revamp


The Horse Federation of South Australia

Let’s talk about horse property management solutions


Trees Please!

Protection and regeneration of remnant native bush


Vietnamese Farmers Association of South Australia

Sustainable management of water resources for Vietnamese farmers


Williamstown and Lyndoch Landcare Group

Management of Altona CSR Landcare Reserve