Land Improvement Awards

Each year Council awards two grants of up to $10,000 to landholders to improve the ecological or environmental value of their land.  The 2017 program is now open.

The program focuses on improving problems highlighted in Council's strategic plans, including the Integrated Water Cycle Management Plan and Climate Change & Water Security Plan.

In 2017, the highest priority will be given to applications which are within the drinking water supply catchment for the city of Bathurst (properties within the Fish and Campbells River catchments, and the Macquarie River catchment upstream of the Water Filtration Plant at Gormans Hill). Further, projects which can demonstrate outcomes which will result in an improvement to water quality in the wider catchment will be highly regarded.

Land Improvement Award ImagesSevere erosion is a problem for many of the local creeks and rivers; planting trees and riparian vegetation can stabilise banks; installation of a rocky bed will prevent future erosion


Who can apply?

  • The land owner, or
  • The land manager, with approval from the land owner.

Community groups are not eligible to apply, however may assist in the project implementation.

Property requirements:

  • at least 10ha property size (project may be smaller in size), and
  • ongoing agricultural activities, and
  • located entirely within the Bathurst Local Government Area.

Grant funding limitations:LIA Duraleigh 2012 small

  • Purchase of materials, or
  • Hire of machinery

Labour for all project activities must be funded by the landowner, either as an in-kind donation or by direct payment to a contractor.


Applications close at 5.00 pm on Wednesday 22 March 2017.

To apply download the application form (click here) or pick up a hard copy from the Planning counter on the ground floor of the Civic Centre, 158 Russell Street, Bathurst.

Please contact Council's Environmental Section on 6333 6511 for further information.