Volunteers and community groups along Victoria’s south west will share in funding from the Andrews Labor Government’s Volunteering Innovation Fund.
Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP, today congratulated Birdlife Australia, Warrnambool Coastcare Landcare Network and Nature Glenelg Trust on receiving a grant from the $2 million fund to support their conservation projects.
The projects include:
- Birdlife Australia – Citizen scientist-led Eco acoustic monitoring of wetland soundscapes ($20,000)
- Warrnambool Coastcare Landcare Network – Saltwater and Kelly’s Swamps Citizen Science Project 2021 ($20,000)
- Nature Glenelg Trust – New Tech Volunteering: Novel citizen science for Grampians wetlands ($19,997)
Twenty innovative volunteer projects have been awarded more than $300,000, with funding of up to $20,000 per project.
The Volunteering Innovation Fund will support people from all walks of life to volunteer in our parks and forests, benefiting the environment, volunteers and the community.
The Fund will run from 2020-2023 awarding a total of $2 million across four different rounds allocated as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $105.6 million Victoria’s Great Outdoors program.
Round two of the Volunteering Innovation Fund opens at 9am Thursday 11 March with funding of up to $50,000 available per project. The public will be invited to vote for successful applications through Engage Victoria.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney
“These 3 projects are a wonderful example of innovative ways to increase the number and diversity of people volunteering in our parks, in particular increasing the number of volunteers participating for the first time.”
“The Volunteering Innovation Fund is building on the incredible work of existing volunteers and inviting others to enjoy Victoria’s Great Outdoors through volunteering.”
“I encourage all local groups in Western Victoria to apply for Round 2 of the Volunteering Innovation Fund when it opens on 11 March.”