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Caring for Catchments

The Caring for Catchments project aims to improve catchment health, build flood resilience, and enhance biodiversity through riparian revegetation and reforestation with the objective to restore and protect waterways by planting up to 240 hectares of native vegetation along 8 kilometres of cleared river and streambanks over the next three years.

The project is the first of its kind, attracting some of the largest grant funding for these sorts of works in Australia. North Coast Regional Landcare Network is excited to be delivering this project with funding from the Australian Government through the Northern Rivers Recovery and Resilience Program 2022-23 administered by NSW Reconstruction Authority.

How to get involved


The North Coast Regional Landcare Network is seeking project proposals from local landowners and land stewards in the Brunswick, Clarence, Richmond, and Tweed catchments to participate in the Caring for Catchments project. Applications are being sought, through expressions of interest, for projects and activities in the Brunswick, Clarence, Richmond, and Tweed catchment areas.

Who can apply:

  • Private landholders
  • Landcare Networks/Groups
  • Councils
  • Environmental organisations
  • Not-for-profit organisations
  • First Nations organisations
  • Collaborations involving any of the above groups, including government agencies, schools, and educational institutions.

How much can you apply for:

  • Small Project Grants: $20,000 to $60,000
  • Large Project Grants: $60,000 to $160,000

What you can you apply for:

On-ground, nature-based measures that will assist flood mitigation, build resilience to flooding and improve catchment health. For example, but not limited to:

  • Planting native trees and shrubs along waterways to improve water quality, stabilise riverbanks, and enhance habitat for wildlife;
  • Fencing of riparian areas and providing off-stream watering points;
  • Weed management
  • Knowledge sharing, education and community engagement programs promoting awareness and education about riparian restoration, flood resilience and environmental markets within the targeted catchments.

Project Goals

The project aims to build capacity in the Northern Rivers region to implement nature-based measures at scale to assist flood mitigation, build resilience to flooding, improve catchment health and contribute to economic and ecological sustainability through:
  • Demonstration of best practice for riparian restoration, to restore catchment health and resilience.
  • Compilation of data, reports, studies and other relevant information required for riparian and catchment projects to be planned and undertaken at scale, and make this information available to stakeholders.
  • Building capacity to utilise and benefit from markets for environmental services, by providing education for land managers about markets for environmental services.
  • Identify opportunities for education and training in repair and regeneration of the regional environment and contribute to development of this important new industry.
  • Fostering cultural change around management of the environment and natural resources generally and streams and catchments in particular, in a way that contributes to social cohesion, resilience and optimism regarding our common future.

How to Find Out More:

Read the Caring for Catchments Fact Sheet to learn more about participating in this project.

The North Coast Regional Landcare Network (NCRLN) will be running a series of workshops to provide landholders an insight into the project, answer questions and explain how they can get involved.

Information Session Dates
Venue Date Time Address
Kyogle - Kyogle Community Hall 11 June 9-11am 3 Bloore Street Kyogle
Casino - Windara Communities 11 June 2-4pm 253 Sextonville Rd Casino
Murwillumbah - Murwillumbah Community Centre 12 June 9:30-11:30am Nullum St (Knox Park), Murwillumbah
Lismore - Sherwood Hotel 13 June 5:30-7pm 75 Molesworth St, Lismore
Copmanhurst - Rest Point Family Hotel 17 June 10am – 12 noon 59 Grafton St, Copmanhurst 
Grafton - Clarence Valley Council Chambers 17 June 3-5pm 2 Prince Street, Grafton
Brunswick - Cavanbah Centre  18 June 9:30-11:30am 249 Ewingsdale Rd, Byron Bay

How to Apply:

Read the Caring for Catchments Project Guidelines to ensure you understand all of the requirements and criteria associated with participating in this project.

Read the Caring for Catchments Application Questions document to assist you with preparing your application information. We recommend you create a Jotform Account, it’s free, to ensure that if you need more than one session to enter your project details then the information is not lost.

If you have a project in mind but you need some support with developing or delivering your project proposal please fill in and complete the Caring For Catchments Expression of Interest – Ask for North Coast Regional Landcare Network Assistance to Apply.

If you have a project in mind and are confident with providing the relevant details, please fill in and complete the Caring for Catchments Project Proposal Application Form.

If you have any questions about the Caring for Catchments project or the application process, check our FAQs. If you require support to submit a proposal please contact 0419593294 or cfc@northcoastlandcare.org.au

All Project Proposal Expressions of Interest must be submitted by 5pm Monday July 1 2024.

North Coast Regional Landcare Network is proud to acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional custodians and original landcarers of the land on which we live and work.

We pay our respect to elders past, present and emerging.

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