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A project to improve water quality at Corner Inlet has received a welcome boost from the Federal Government.

Local MP Darren Chester announced that Yarram Yarram Landcare Network would receive $100,000 for the project that brings together different components of the agricultural sector for a combined approach.

“This project will bring together dairy, fisheries and forestry to improve the water quality in the Corner Inlet-Nooramunga Ramsar sites,” Mr Chester said.

“The first phase will investigate the specific cause of poor water quality, including an initial scoping exercise.

“The second phase will deliver three pilot projects, one for each sector, focussed on actions and management changes for best-practice sustainable outcomes and contribute to a better water quality.”

Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud said our farmers produced the best food and fibre in the world because of their ingenuity, resilience and incredible work ethic.

“They have always looked after the land and this program supports their continued environmental stewardship by backing clever ideas that deliver good on-ground results,” Mr Litteproud said.

“The Australian Government is investing almost $6.5 million through the fourth round of Smart Farms Small Grants towards a diverse range of local projects across Australia.

“They aim to improve environmental, economic, and social outcomes through better sustainability, productivity, and profitability in the food, fibre and forestry industries.”

Yarram Yarram Landcare was one of two organisations in Gippsland to receive a share of almost $170,000 allocated under the Smart Farms Small Grants program.

Since June 2019 Yarram Yarram Landcare has received around $650,000 to restore seagrass habitat in Corner inlet.

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