Northern Foothills Program [NF BALM]

The Northern Foothills Biodiversity and Land Management Program (NFBALM) is an Adelaide & Mt Lofty Ranges Natural Resource Management Board incentive program.

It provides rural landholders and community groups with advice, technical support and funding.

Eligible projects include:

  • Revegetation and habitat reconstruction
  • Protection of remnant native vegetation
  • Weed & feral animal management
  • Restoration of watercourses
  • Erosion control
  • Land class/stock control fencing
  • Pasture improvement

The Program objectives are to achieve substantial improvement in natural resource conditions across its district by increasing the capacity of landholders to undertake best practice natural resources management (NRM). Landholders play an important role in NRM and it’s vital we all work together to protect the natural environment from degradation whilst balancing the needs of the community and ensuring a sustainable future.

Partnerships are an effective means in delivering positive outcomes for all stakeholders. Project & District Officers also work in collaboration with Councils and other public land managers as well as local organizations to deliver efficient Natural Resources Management.


The Project Area

NFBLMP restoration    NFBLMP revegetation

Project Officer Monica Seiler inspects a property with a landholder, and creekline tubestock revegetation.


The Northern Foothills district covers 170 square kilometres extending from Gawler in the north to Paracombe in the south, embracing parts of the Cities of Playford, Tea Tree Gully and the Adelaide Hills Council. It includes the catchments of the upper reaches of the Little Para River and of the Cobblers, Smith, Adams and Dry creeks. NFBALM project area map(947 kb)

The area is significant as it connects the urbanized northern Adelaide Plains with the Mount Lofty Ranges.

NFBALM is one of 3 Incentive Programs being delivered across Playford’s rural area.


NFBLMP  erosion


If you have a problem chances are you are not alone and we may be able to assist you in addressing some of the following issues:

  • Loss of remnant native vegetation
  • Land degradation, erosion and loss of production
  • Reduced water quality
  • Weed and pest animal control

Please consult the information and articles list at left for examples of these kinds of problems and programs.

Left: Gully erosion along a small creekline.


How to get Assistance

District Officers can visit your property at no cost, assess any issues that might exist and help plan what might be done to address them.

Some activities are eligible for funding support and your District Officer will discuss this with you.

Provision of funding support is dependent on a range of criteria including location, type of activity, project size and the environmental benefit, and is assessed by a community-based Advisory Committee with local knowledge and expertise.

Contact your District Officer to arrange a visit today!

NFBALM Project Officer: Monica Seiler


Hours: Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm

Phone: 8256 0411

Mobile: 0418 841 615

Hosted by: City of Playford

Address: 12 Bishopstone Road, Davoren Park, SA, 5113

(If you are outside the NFBALM District - see the project area map at left - the Gawler NRM office should be able to advise you which one you are within. Contact 8523 7700)


NFBLMP hills orchard    NFBLMP sheep




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Adelaide NRM videos - How to Control Bridal Creeper


More Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRM videos are available here.

Post: 12 Bishopstone Road, Davoren Park SA 5113 | Visit: Playford Civic Centre, 10 Playford Boulevard, Elizabeth
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