FenceCycle

Program snapshot

Category: Bushfire Recovery Programs

Amounts: The program will provide funding up to $10 million, with grants of between $20,000 and $500,000 available for eligible council projects that collect and recycle the metal components of burnt rural fencing materials from bushfire affected rural landholders.

Eligible bodies: NSW councils (including regional organisation of councils or another local government controlled organisation) with rural lands whose local government area was declared a bushfire natural disaster during the 2019/2020 bushfire season are eligible.

Contact: 131 555 or bushfirerecovery.programs@epa.nsw.gov.au

Status: Open until 5:00pm on Monday 15 March 2021.

Managed by: NSW Environment Protection Authority.

Aims

This program is designed to provide funding to support eligible councils with the collection and recycling of the metal components of burnt rural fencing materials from bushfire affected rural landholders. Supporting councils to collect and recycle burnt fencing materials will assist in the recovery of rural communities impacted by bushfire and ensure the safe and efficient disposal of this bushfire waste.

The objectives of FenceCycle are to

  • support councils to increase the collection and recycling of the metal components of burnt rural fencing materials from their bushfire affected rural landholders
  • encourage rural landholders to remove bushfire damaged fencing from their properties and avoid future environmental and economic risks associated with on farm/property disposal which is no longer considered good practice  
  • divert burnt fencing materials from landfill where possible to assist councils with the management and disposal of other bushfire disaster wastes.
  • provide regional employment opportunities in bushfire affected communities

How to apply

What is FenceCycle?

A grants program to support eligible councils with the collection and recycling of the metal components of burnt rural fencing materials from bushfire affected rural landholders.

Who is eligible for the program?

Any NSW council (including regional organisations of councils or another local government controlled organisation) with rural lands whose local government area was declared as a bushfire natural disaster area during the 2019/2020 bushfire season. 

What can a FenceCycle grant be used for?

Council projects that involve both the collection and recycling of the metal components of burnt rural fencing materials from bushfire affected rural landholders.

What is burnt rural fencing materials?

Fencing that is constructed from materials typically used in agriculture and/or rural living that was directly damaged or destroyed by bushfire during the 2019/2020 bushfire season.

Who are bushfire affected rural landholders?

Private landholders of rural properties with bushfire damaged or destroyed rural fencing on their land

How much can an individual grant under FenceCycle be?

Funding of between $20,000 and $500,000 is available for eligible council projects.   

Does my project have to involve both the collection and recycling of burnt rural fencing materials?

Yes. To be eligible for grant funding council projects need to involve both the collection and recycling of the metal components of burnt rural fencing materials. 

Can my project use contractors for the collection of burnt rural fencing materials from bushfire affected rural landholders?

Yes. Councils will be responsible for the engagement, management and supervision of any contractors it engages.

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