The fund is available year-round, is allocated on the basis of ecological value, and there is no set limit to how much funding a landowner can obtain.
Erecting fences along waterways to exclude stock creates riparian buffers and is the single most effective measure for reducing faecal contaminant and sediment loads in streams.
Establishing grasses, trees and shrubs within riparian buffers can further reduce contaminant loads and improve stream ecology by providing shade, habitat and a food source for native fauna.
This is an important part of good farm management, and has a variety of environmental and economic benefits including:
The Tasman District Council can provide financial support to landowners for waterway fencing projects that meet certain criteria. This, and other types of support include:
Financial assistance can be made available under the following criteria:
Funding is not available where stock exclusion is already required by legislation or other agreement. Examples include as the Sustainable Dairying Accord, rules set out in the Tasman Resource Management Plan or resource consent conditions.
If you would like to apply for assistance, please contact the Council. An officer will visit the site with you and develop a work plan and assistance package.
For more information contact Bernard Simmonds - Resource Scientist (Land), Tasman District Council.
Restricting stock access to river areas is an important part of good farm management. It has a variety of environmental and economic benefits, including: