Grant Program: Expressions of Interest for Round 5 now open


Closing date: 4pm on 25 January 2018


PLEASE NOTE: The online Expression of Interest form is at the end of this page. However please read all the information provided before applying, including the Rural Landholder Initiative Guidelines for Funding.

In order to complete the online Expression of Interest form, you will need the following:

  • Map of project site.
  • Description of project type and scope (what you want to achieve).
  • Budget estimates.
  • Please note: All documents for upload must contain NO spaces.

You can use the Draft RLI EOI Form to help draft your application prior to submitting it online. Please DO NOT send this form to Council. all EOIs must be submitted via the online form found at the bottom of this page. Please contact OUR Extension Officer on 1300 87 83 87 if you are having trouble submitting your form online.

Key Dates


July 2017

Applications open

25 January 2018

Applications close

February to April 2018

Applications assessed by Council. Shortlisted applicants will have a property visit undertaken

May 2018

Assessment by Panel for successful applicants.

Applicants notified of outcomes.

June 2018

Successful applicants enter into agreements with Council. Contractors engaged and property/site plans finalised with landholder.

July 2018 to June 2019

Or to June 2020

Undertake funded 12-month or 24-month projects.


Do you need help with your application?

Council’s online Interactive Mapping Service may assist you to find out environmental information about your property.

Council has produced a range of booklets on the major environmental issues for five land use types in our region: beef graziers, dairy farmers, orchardists, floodplain croppers and rural ‘lifestyle’ landholders.

The booklets offer ideas for improving land management practices for biodiversity and includes a Farm Health Assessment Tool so that landholders can self-assess if their practices.

We recommend you consult the booklets to gain ideas about how to improve your land management practices and your application. You can download the booklets from our Rural Landholder Initiative page, pick them up at Council’s Corporate Centre, 43 Oliver Avenue, Goonellabah, or ask for them to be mailed to you.

Other professional advice is available from your local Landcare network, Local Land Services agents, Rous County Council (weeds and water) and other government and non-government agencies.

For further information or advice, contact our Extension Officer Kate Steel on 1300 87 83 87.

Call for Expressions of Interest

The Rural Landholder Initiative is part of Council’s Biodiversity Management Strategy (BMS) and is designed to conserve biodiversity hotspots on private land. The program assists and builds the capacity of rural landholders through education and incentives, to enhance and improve biodiversity in our Local Government Area (LGA).

Council is now calling for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from rural landholders across the LGA who are seeking assistance with materials and labour for on-ground works to protect and enhance areas such koala habitat, riverbanks and remnant vegetation.

Assistance provided is up to $5000 for primary works and initial maintenance in the first year, with complex restoration projects eligible for second year funds up to $2500. Sites along floodplain riverbanks can apply for up to $10,000 if works include fencing and off-stream watering (see CZMP definitions).

What are the current priorities?

High conservation value areas across the LGA

The concept of high conservation value (HCV) can be applied to species, populations, habitats or communities, or areas of land that support these HCV elements.

The BMS identifies criteria that must be present to consider an area as high conservation value. These include:

  • Land containing threatened species or populations
  • Key habitat for threatened fauna and flora, e.g. Regent Honeyeater habitat
  • Endangered Ecological Communities, e.g. Swamp Sclerophyll Forest
  • Key habitats that support priority vertebrate assemblages, e.g. Forest Red Gum grassy open forest
  • Land within areas identified as very high priority wildlife corridor
  • Koala habitat
  • Areas of land that support any type of rainforest
  • Old growth forest
  • Native riparian vegetation
  • Wetland and estuarine vegetation

Due to the recent flood events in our LGA, restoration works that aim to address flood damage to creek and riverbanks, hillslopes and bushland are eligible for funding. These projects must also address the long-term biodiversity benefits that can be achieved alongside flood damage repair and mitigation. Waterway stabilisation techniques that use best practice for biodiversity improvement will be considered appropriate for funding.

Full details of HCV and priority species are included in the BMS document found on Council’s website and can be discussed with the Environmental Officers at Council. You can also find HCV areas on Council’s online mapping tool.

Map - High Conservation Value Habitat North of Lismore

Map - High Conservation Value Habitat South of Lismore

Map - Key Habitat Corridors North of Lismore

Map - Key Habitat Corridors South of Lismore

Map - Koala Habitat North of Lismore

Map - Koala Habitat South of Lismore

Riparian restoration on the floodplain (Coastal Zone Management Area)

Priority riparian areas on the floodplain are those contained in the Coastal Zone Management Area. Projects on the floodplain will be chosen that protect and enhance riparian corridors through weed management, revegetation, erosion control and habitat improvement.

Areas along riverbanks of the Wilsons River downstream of Boatharbour, and lower Leycester Creek will be eligible for increased funding in this round of Rural Landholder Initiative grants.

Fencing for stock exclusion and off stream watering along these floodplain riverine and creek corridors will be eligible for increased funding in this round of Rural Landholder Initiative grants (up to $10,000).

Map - CZMP priority areas in the LGA

Project Ideas

Applicants are advised to consult the recently released Rural Landholder Initiative education booklets for ideas on land management practices that relate to improving and conserving biodiversity across our landscapes and waterways. The booklets relate to healthy landscapes and waterways, as well as four key industries operating in our region.

The Expression of Interest round is open for at least six months. This can give applicants ample time to consult with qualified bush regenerators, Landcare professionals, Council staff, Local Land Services, Rous County Council (weeds and water) and government agents about project planning, action plans and best-practice techniques. The most successful projects are those that are well planned and widely consulted.

Am I eligible to apply?

To be eligible for grant funding through this program, the applicant and the project must meet the eligibility criteria detailed in the Rural Landholder Initiative Guidelines for Funding. In summary applications must:

  • Be fully completed and submitted on this application form. If you are unable to complete the form online please contact Lismore City Council on 1300 87 83 87 and ask for a printed copy to be sent to you.
  • Only landholders who own land within the Lismore LGA are eligible to apply (community and industry groups are not eligible).
  • Lismore City Council staff are not eligible to apply.
  • Projects that are primarily for beautification or improving amenity without significant environmental outcomes are not eligible.
  • Projects are not eligible if they are part of any development consent condition.
  • Applicants must be up to date with rate payments to Lismore City Council for the property associated with the application.
  • All applicants must make an equal cash or in-kind contribution to the project funds and show value for money.
  • Successful applicants must be willing to sign an agreement to maintain the project site beyond the funding period.


Please note: File names on documents for upload must not contain spaces.