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COVER IMAGE 2 RE-SOURCE I SPRING 2019 Are you claiming correctly? Knowing what you can claim on your tax return as a primary producer can be confusing, but thanks to a request from the Basalt to Bay Landcare Network, the Australian Tax Office has produced a series of easy-to-read summaries of what you can, and cannot, claim as income tax deductions for primary production businesses. The summaries include income deductions associated with fire prevention, shelterbelts, landcare and forestry. To view these summaries, visit basalttobay.org. au and search for 'tax rebates'. Grant offers helping hand If you are seeking support to manage your land, a Conserving our Rural Environment Small Grant can help. The grant is provided as a $300 (excluding GST) reimbursement by cheque following submission and approval of an annual application form. The $300 can be used towards herbicides, equipment, plants or contractor assistance. Landholders have until Tuesday 31 March 2020 to apply. To request an application form or to receive further information contact the Sustainable Environment Department on 9205 2200 or email coregrant@hume.vic.gov.au Planting indigenous species: a better choice for windbreaks The use of indigenous species for shelterbelts and windbreaks has numerous benefits over introduced species, such as cypress pines. A key benefit of indigenous shelterbelts is they are better adapted to local conditions. With roots and leaves that are adapted to hot and dry conditions, these shelterbelts are well suited to survive and recover from droughts and extreme events such as fire. These trees have also adapted to the local soil types and can exhibit better growth than introduced species. Indigenous shelterbelts act as food sources for wildlife, provide habitat and create corridors allowing species to move across the landscape. Shelterbelts can increase populations of beneficial animals and insects such as pollinators, soil improvers and pest eating species, improving farm productivity. Indigenous shelterbelts are good for people too, they can increase the amenity of your property, provide you with shade when you are walking through your paddocks and bring in the colour and sounds of local birds to your doorstep. The best time to think about planting shelterbelts is now. You can contact your local indigenous nursery to order healthy tube stock for planting in the autumn break next year. This allows the trees plenty of time to get established before summer. The Conserving our Rural Environment Small Grant is available to assist with planting of indigenous vegetation. To check your eligibility, email coregrant@hume.vic.gov.au or contact Council's Sustainable Environment Department on 9205 2200. Want to receive RE-Source digitally? Would you prefer to receive RE-Source in your inbox rather than your letterbox? Then good news! From this edition on you can opt in to receive Re-Source as an e-newsletter instead of print. If you would like to opt in, please email: resource@hume.vic.gov.au with subject line subscribe. Urban nature: Common everlasting, Blue pincushions and Chocolate lilies at Evans Street Grassland, Sunbury. Photo: Georgia Garrard.

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