Community groups along Victoria’s south west coast will share in more than $260,000 statewide funding from the Victorian Government’s Coastcare Grants Program in 2018/2019.
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said, “The Coastcare Community Grants Program supports small-scale community projects in coastal areas, building environmental and community resilience in a changing environment.”
“This funding will help members of the community to continue their voluntary work to protect and preserve the state’s precious coastal environment,” Ms Tierney said.
For 24 years, Coastcare Victoria has focused on preserving the coastline, promoting conservation and engaging volunteer participation.
These groups support the conservation, restoration and rehabilitation of coastal and marine environments along Victoria’s 2,000km of coastline.
The 2019 Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Program has funded five community groups in the South West Coast.
Grant recipients include:
- Beach Patrol 3280 – Stop the POP (Plastic Ocean Pollution) ($14,793)
- Warrnambool Coastcare Landcare Network – Thunder Point Coastal Reserve Conservation Project 2019 ($10,000)
- South West Environmental Education Inc – Fawthrop Lagoon Restoration and Revegetation Project ($4574.10)
- Killarney Coastcare Group – Belfast Coastal Reserve Spring Planting 2019: ($5,190)
- Making A Difference for the Merri (MAD) Landcare Group – Woollen Mill Riparian Restoration, Merri River ($5445)
“Western Victoria is lucky to have so many dedicated volunteers who are passionate about looking after our coast and their local communities”, Ms Tierney said.
“We’re supporting their hard work through the Coastcare Community Grants Program, ensuring our coast is protected and preserved for future generations.”
For a full list of successful recipients, visit http://www.delwp.vic.gov.au/coastcare