An ongoing sponsor of the National Landcare Conference since 2018, Gallagher Australia built on their commitment to local communities and the environment by launching the Gallagher Landcare Fencing Grants program in 2019.
The grants provide -permanent electric fence materials to support graziers, landcarers and community groups to undertake fencing projects using Gallagher products. The projects must have tangible environmental or sustainable agriculture outcomes, and provide knowledge-sharing opportunities through field days, site visits or demonstrations.
The inaugural grants round provided support for 13 incredible conservation fencing and grazing management projects around the country. Despite the second grants round being postponed due to COVID, Gallagher and Landcare Australia built on their success by launching by an even larger grants rounds, supporting 14 projects in 2021 and 17 projects in 2022.
The 2023 Gallagher Landcare Electric Fencing Grants recipients have been launched with 22 grants available.
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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.
Gallagher offers a full range of animal management products and integrated solutions.