Local environment groups in Victoria’s south-west will benefit from $191,000 in funding as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $2 million Landcare Grants program.
Announcing the grants, Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said the funding will be distributed through the Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority, which supports local Landcare groups carry out environmental projects to improve regional biodiversity and land health.
Successful Victorian Landcare grants applicants in the region include:
- Basalt to Bay Landcare Network
- Beyond Bolac Community Action Group
- Bulart Land Management Group
- Bunnugal Landcare Group
- Eumeralla Landcare Group
- Friends of the Great South West Walk Inc
- Friends of Yatmerone
- Gazette Land Action Group
- Hamilton to Coleraine Railway Line Landcare Group
- Lake Goldsmith Landcare Group
- Lyne Camp Creek Landcare Group
- MAD for the Merri Group
- Nelson Coastcare
- Panyyabyr Landcare Group
- Pierrepoint Land Protection Group
- Port Fairy to Warrnambool Rail Trail Committee
- Upper Hopkins Land Management Group
- Warrnambool Coastcare Landcare Network Inc.
Warrnambool Coastcare Landcare Network will receive a grant of $16,813. With the assistance of Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation, the funding will provide cultural heritage training for Thunder Point user groups in Warrnambool.
The group will also complete erosion control work.
Friends of the Great South West Walk Inc will use their grant of $7,950 to revegetate a difficult erosion site on the Cape Bridgewater coastline, in partnership with Wesley College.
MAD for the Merri will use their grant of $9,310 to work with local school children to complete two areas of revegetation on the Merri River in Warrnambool.
In addition, 33 community-based environment groups will each receive funding for group maintenance and support.
The regions groups have also planned a range of activities that include production of information brochures, guest speaker sessions and field days to compliment the many hectares of habitat restoration.
The Victorian Landcare program is an important funding source for the regions Landcare groups. Many groups rely on the grants to carry out their important environmental work.
For more information on Victorian Landcare Grants go to www.landcarevic.org.au.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney MP
“The Victorian Landcare program is an investment in our future and it’s fantastic to see these local groups receiving grants to support their important environmental projects.”
“This program highlights the great environmental outcomes than can be achieved through cooperation between Catchment Management Authorities, environment groups, local communities and the Victorian Government.”