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Fencing will protect Riverglades turtles
A project at a wetland on Murray Bridge’s east side is among 30 awarded funding through Landscape SA’s grassroots grants program.
Native turtle populations at the Riverglades wetland will be better protected in future thanks to a grant announced this month.
A 400-metre fence will be built to protect some of the more sensitive areas of the wetland, where turtles lay their eggs, after the Riverglades Community Wetland received one of 30 grassroots grants from Landscape SA Murraylands and Riverland.
Biodiversity officer Glenn Dean said the funding enabled Murray Bridge council staff to complete more projects around the district every year, “supporting the community’s aspirations for environmental action”.
A grant from the same program last year enabled the removal of spiny rushes from the Rocky Gully wetland.
A total of more than $580,000 will be handed out to organisations across the Murraylands and Riverland in 2023-24.
Landscape board chair Di Davidson said the funding aimed to make use of locals’ knowledge and expertise, and to empower them to make a difference in the environment.
Funds for the grant program came from the landscape levy paid by all property owners alongside their council rates.
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