$105,439 Landcare funding for Bairnsdale District
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$105,439 Landcare funding for Bairnsdale District

Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, and Andrea Savage from Nagle College discuss the $5,335 in Landcare funding the college received to continue with its Mitchell River Rainforest Restoration project.

The efforts of a number of local community groups in Bairnsdale and District have been acknowledged by the Victorian Coalition Government, with the latest round of Victorian Landcare Grants announced.

Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, said with $2.1 million available, these grants were one of the ways the Government was supporting practical action at a local level.

“The Victorian Landcare grants support local community groups by providing funds to complete on-ground works to conserve and enhance their local environment, Mr Bull said.

“In Bairnsdale and District, $105,439 has been allocated to target environmental projects that maintain and support our native plants and animals and support local Landcare groups.

“It is great to see local environmental groups and community organisations receiving grants to fund environmental projects close to home, including:
•    $5,335    Nagle College
•    $4,643    Raymond Island Landcare
•    $9,082    Gippsland Plains Conservation Management Network
•    $9,500    Eagle Point Landcare/Coastcare
•    $57,070    East Gippsland Landcare Network
•    $4,888    Bruthen and District Landcare
•    $9,421    Nicholson River Landcare

“To strengthen and support the Landcare movement in the region, we will also provide groups access to a share of $24,000 in maintenance/start up grants to ensure a strong Landcare base and enable volunteers to focus on their hands-on environment role,” he said.  

Recipients included: Bruthen and District Landcare, Bairnsdale Urban Landcare Group, Eagle Point Landcare/Coastcare, Eastwood Landcare, Flaggy Creek Landcare, Glenaladale Landcare, Nicholson River  Landcare, Friends of Picnic Point  Reserve Landcare, Raymond Island  Landcare, Romawi  Landcare and Swifts Creek/Ensay Landcare.

Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Ryan Smith, said the Victorian Coalition Government’s Victorian Landcare program highlights the partnerships between government, community and environmental groups.

“Our environment will benefit from the Victorian Landcare Grants program, which has a strong focus on providing local community groups with the support they need to deliver environmental benefits at a local level,” Mr Smith said.

For more information on these grants, visit www.wgcma.vic.gov.au