Useful information, organisations and funding opportunities to support sustainable agriculture.
ACTMAPi is the ACT’s public online mapping and data portal and includes publicly available mapping of:
- Aerial photos of the ACT
- Significant species, communities and registered trees
- Soil and Hydrological Landscapes
Data (both current and historical on Australia’s weather and climate, including:
- for agriculture and Natural Resource Management (NRM): http://www.bom.gov.au/watl/index.shtml
- climate and weather: http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/data/ (includes historic rainfall data for rainfall stations across the Australia, including the ACT)
The NSW Government’s leading agricultural research and extension agency. Includes information on plant ID, best practice grazing and farming management, factsheets and advice and more: http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/agriculture as well as up-to-date biosecurity information: http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/biosecurity
A Queensland Government website which provides access to national data and information on seasonal climate outlooks and rainfall; and pasture growth maps for grazing industries across Australia (Current, modeled and historic): https://www.longpaddock.qld.gov.au/
A huge source of information on Australia’s livestock and grazing industries, which includes detailed advisory information and research results on improved grazing management.
Founded in 2013 by the peak industry councils for cattle, sheep and wool it provides livestock producers with the tools and information to manage disease (endemic and exotic), pest and weed events on their farms.
AWAP provides maps and data of the terrestrial water balance across Australia to determine past history and present state of soil moisture and all water fluxes contributing to changes in soil moisture (rainfall, transpiration, soil evaporation, surface runoff and deep drainage) at a spatial resolution of 5 km. Data/maps are provided in weekly/monthly near-real-time reporting and monthly/annual historical time series from 1900.
Easily accessible web-based biodiversity data from across Australia.
An information portal on soil resources of NSW including reports, educational information and online soil and land degradation mapping:
TERN provides access to wide variety of ecosystem data including:
- TERN Auscover provides earth observation data and products that describe important
land-surface and environmental characteristics derived using satellite and airborne imagery
- Australian Soil Resource Information System (ASRIS) provides online access to the best publicly available information on soil and land resources in a consistent format across Australia
SELLS delivers quality, customer-focussed services to farmers, landholders and the community across rural and regional New South Wales, covering agricultural production advice, biosecurity, natural resource management and emergency management:
Has been representing the rural landholders of the Territory since 1926 on issues such as land use and planning, weed and pest animal control, lease terms & conditions, land tenure, government land acquisitions, boundary issues with government land, public and third-party access to rural property, environmental plantings, environmental regulations and soil conservation.
Formed by in 2007 by a progressive group of local innovative producers with Industry support with an aim to build capacity and continuous improvement in the Monaro grazing Industry.
A grower-owned organisation, based on the Southern Tablelands of NSW and founded in 2013, TFS is a provider of localised farming information, training and workshops to improve the way farms operate and provide members with the latest industry information.
Working as a community network it aims to share local knowledge and tap into professional advice about all things farming, with a special focus on the needs of small farms, drawing on scientists, agronomists, veterinarians, natural resource consultants and other specialists.
A national network of committees fostering regional economic development – the Southern Inland RDA, based in Bungendore has a strong focus on supporting regional food networks and promoting local food production, processing, marketing and consumption and food and wine tourism.
The UMCN operates as a regional cross-border network to enhance communication between agencies and groups in NSW and the Australian Capital Territory which lie wholly within the upper catchment of the Murrumbidgee River.
K2C comprises fourteen partners working together to deliver better natural resource management and environment services to and learn from land owners and managers, landcare groups, and community.
LACT the peak body for landcare in the ACT region, established to help support and promote the over 60 community groups who help look after urban parklands, countryside, nature reserves and waterways. The foundation members of LACT are the ACT region’s three catchment groups, Ginninderra, Molonglo and Southern ACT, the Rural Landholders Association and the Buru-Ngunawal Aboriginal Corporation.
The Upper Murrumbidgee Landcare Committee is an umbrella group for the Landcare groups located within the upper part of the catchment from Nimmitabel in the south to Queanbeyan in the north and Adaminaby in the west to Numeralla in the east. The UMLC promotes the sharing of information, skills and experience to improve education and support on-ground projects.
YAN is a collective organisation made up of the Landcare groups in the Yass region of NSW and facilitates the development of Landcare in the region and represents regional Landcare to state and local Governments the and the broader NRM and Landcare community.
In addition to the ACT Environment Grants and the ACT Rural Grants, the ACT Government offers a range of other grant programs available to individuals and community organisations, including:
The Australian Government provides a very comprehensive grants information page for Australian Government Grants (as well as State and Territory grants).
Landcare Australia also regularly promotes grant funding programs.
Other organisations that fund Landcare, sustainable agriculture, rural community development and conservation include:
- The Foundation for Rural and Regional Development
- The Ian Potter Foundation including grants for environment and conservation funding
- The Sydney Myer Fund and The Myer Foundation’s Sustainability and Environment Fund
For more information about philanthropy in the environment sector.
For resources for ‘grant seekers’ working in the environment sector.
For other useful sources of information go to the Our Community Funding Centre website.