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Goats got your goat?

Friday, 25th February, 2011

The Water Catchment Management Authority said goat control was high on the agenda. The Water Catchment Management Authority said goat control was high on the agenda.

This means cleaner water into the river system.

By Caitlin Keenan

The Water Catchment Management Authority said goat control was high on the agenda for this year's incentive funding.

Catchment Manager Katrina Gepp said most of the expressions of interest the authority had received so far were from landowners who wanted to control feral goats.

The biennial Incentive Funding grants are for on-ground works, activities and training in natural resource management.

Ms Gepp said feral goats can be a real problem for farmers and water ways.

"If people can manage their grazing pressure it means there'll be more vegetation."

She said vegetation helped filter water before it made its way to streams.

"This means cleaner water into the river system" she said.

Ms Gepp said some other expressions of interest were for subdividing fences, which also eases grazing pressure and for noxious plant control.

She said funding from two years ago helped create a flood plain and regenerate land with salt bush.

Ms Gepp said anyone interested in applying for incentive funding must lodge an expression of interest.

"They are then allocated a staff member to help them with the application process" she said.

Ms Gepp said people can also get assistance at an information session this Saturday.

The meeting will be at Pack Saddle Roadhouse from 10am until 12 pm, lunch is provided.

Expression of interest forms are also available online or through the Western Catchement Management Authority Office www.western.cma.nsw.gov.au 8082 5201

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