Gallagher Australia built on their commitment to support local communities and the environment by launching the Gallagher Landcare Fencing Grants program in 2019.
The now annual Gallagher Landcare Fencing Grants support landowners and groups who are passionate about natural resource management and biodiversity, by making conservation fencing more accessible.
The partnership with Gallagher helps Landcare Australia to support groups with fencing projects that protect waterways to improve water quality, enhance biodiversity, and support landscape restoration. The landcare projects with Gallagher also help to exclude feral animals and keep livestock away from conservation areas on properties.
Now in its fifth year, the Gallagher Landcare Electric Grants program provides permanent electric fencing materials to achieve tangible environmental and sustainable agricultural outcomes, and promote knowledge-sharing through field days, site visits, and farm demonstrations.
The program has supported over 100 conservation fencing projects across the country and continues to grow.
Recently funded projects include habitat protection of the endangered Western Swamp Tortoise near the Ellen Brook in WA, and rehabilitation of a deep erosion incision by fencing livestock out of the area in the Clarence Valley, NSW.
Find out more about the recipients of the 2023 grants HERE.
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2019 Grants Case Studies
Ellen Brockman Integrated Catchment Group launched their project Protecting a Threatened Ecological Community from Feral Pigs and other Pest Animals to protect the Western Swamp Tortoise, one of the most threatened species in Australia.
With the installation of Gallagher Westonfence powered by a MBS1000i Solar Energizer, there has been no fouling of the critical water hole at Wannamal/Mogumber Nature Reserve by feral pigs who were unable to enter the area to predate on the Western Swamp Tortoise.
Basalt to Bay Landcare Network used their project Baas and Bandicoots Predator Proof Paddock to protect the last public land population of Threatened Southern Brown Bandicoots in their area.
Using 8-Line Gallagher Westonfence powered by a Gallagher S400 Portable Solar Energizer, the project not only aimed to increase the breeding success of Southern Brown Bandicoots, but demonstrated to farmers that they can establish small predator proof paddocks for high value conservation and farm assets with the same Gallagher electric fencing systems.
2021 Grants Case Studies
Yinnar, Yinnar South Landcare Group launched their project Fencing out deer to fence out pest animals from the newly revegetated Billy’s Creek area that is home to a number of koalas likely to be the genetically unique Strzelecki or South Gippsland koala.
By installing Gallagher Mega Anchor and Gallagher Westonfence at the Billy’s Creek site, their project has helped to increase biodiversity and contributed to a future wildlife corridor for arboreal animals and birds by allowing them to move between the Morwell and Tarra-Bulga National Parks.
Odonata Foundation undertook their project Fencing out foxes to protect the endangered Southern Brush Tail Rock Wallaby to transform Widgewah Conservation Reserve into Australia’s largest fenced safe haven for the Southern Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby.
Using Gallagher iSeries Energizer fencing due to its remote monitoring capabilities, the group had complete confidence in being able to keep foxes out of the fenced sanctuary, protecting the wallabies with the goal of seeing their population double in size.
Founded in 1938, Gallagher is a family-owned business build on customer-led innovation. From the electric fence to the cloud, Gallagher’s connected and customisable ecosystem of solutions empower farmers to work responsibly and productively to protect what matters most.