The efforts of local community groups in Gippsland have been acknowledged by the Victorian Coalition Government, with the latest round of Victorian Landcare Grants announced.
Lakes Entrance Community Landcare will receive $4,380 to engage more women and encourage new people into Landcare with the aim to improve physical and mental health through involvement in activities including educational events, weed control and revegetation works.
State Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, said 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 grants to complete on-ground works to conserve and enhance their local environment.
“In Gippsland East, over $196,000 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.
“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,” Mr Bull said.
Recipients of maintenance grants included Lakes Entrance and Community Landcare, Nungurner Landcare and Tambo Bluff Landcare/Coastcare.
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.
“These grants are another example of the Napthine Government’s ability to deliver real and tangible support to local communities, while contributing to their local environment.
For more information on these grants, visit www.wgcma.vic.gov.au