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Community biodiversity grants announced

Article Category  Community Interest
Date Published  Thursday, September 14 2017
Author  Hon. Jaala Pulford MP

Community biodiversity grants announced
Three local projects are amongst eleven that will share in more than $430,000 funding to help protect, improve and expand habitats for Victoria’s native plants and animals.

The Government has announced an additional $4 million in community grants funding for 110 projects across the state as part of its support for the Biodiversity On-ground Action program.

The grants include;
  • $40,000 for Barengi Gadjin Land Council Aboriginal Corporation for increasing diversity in Wail State Forest.
  • $33,100 for Hindmarsh Landcare Network for community planting of threatened flora.
  • $50,000 for Rainbow and District Landcare Group to protect Buloke Woodlands in the Southern Mallee.
  • $49,625 for Conservation Volunteers Australia for habitat enhancement in Salvana Conservation Reserve.
  • $49,500 for Panyyabyr Landcare Group for fox baiting on private land in Victoria Valley. In addition, a further $16,269 has been awarded to the group to fence off endangered swamp scrub habitat.
  • $50,000 for Friends of the Forgotten Woodlands to return flora and fauna to the volcanic plains.
  • $37,190 for Wedderburn Conservation Management Network to protect spring soaks in the north western Goldfields.
  • $9,482 for Mt Korong Eco-Watch Association for a water cart to help establish plantings in their nursery.
  • $46,915 for Kara Kara Conservation Management Network to improve habitat for threatened and declining flora and fauna in the western Goldfields.
  • $48,900 for Friends of Kooyoora State Park to protect rare orchids.

When announcing this funding on Thursday, Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford, said the community grants will enable conservation groups in Western Victoria to address threats and safeguard biodiversity.

“Many within the local community are already hard at work helping protect and preserve local native flora and fauna,” Ms Pulford said.

“In the last year many dedicated local community groups across Western Victoria have helped to reduce threats and improve the survival of threatened species,” she said.

“Our Government is committed to biodiversity and encourages Victorians to learn more and participate in their local community,” Ms Pulford said.

Grants of up $50,000 each have been allocated to the 110 projects approved across Victoria.

Find more information about the Biodiversity On-ground Action program here.

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